ELMSFORD, NY and YONKERS, NY — April 18, 2017 — “The men and women of Teamsters Local 456 are proud to endorse Mike Khader for Yonkers City Council President,” said Lou Picani, president of Teamsters Local 456 at Monday’s April 17th union meeting and endorsement rally of Mike Khader. “When our country needed him, Mike Khader answered the call. This is just what we need on the Yonkers City Council, a leader who will stand up for working families and protect the values that make our country great. We know that Mike will be a strong defender of labor, and we look forward to partnering with him in the Council.”
“It’s an honor to have the endorsement of the Teamsters,” said Mike Khader. “Their membership represents a true cross-section of our society, protecting workers across countless fields and protecting middle class jobs right here in the community. At a time when organized labor is under attack, I intend to stand strong and defend the rights of working men and women.”
After the endorsement of Mike Khader and Local 456 President Lou Picani’s endorsement was announced, Picani, Khader, and the leadership members stepped down from the elevated podium from which they initially addressed the membership, and immersed themselves among those congratulating Mike Khader by words, shaking his hand, and slapping him on his back.
One of the McLaughlin Brothers with Daughter in Tow Confronts Khader with the Never Substantiated Allegation that He is a Wife Beater
As this was taking place, one of Liam McLaughlin’s brothers, with a daughter in tow insinuated himself among the crowd of well wishers and accused Mike Khader of being a wife beater when there has never been any substantiation of such an allegation. Were the young daughter, seemingly around five-years of age, not held in hand by her father, believed by this reporters to have been Devin McLaughlin, the crowd of Mike Khader well wishers would have likely beaten that man into a pulp, such was the anger at that man’s audacious and unbecoming behavior.
Yonkers City Council President candidate Mike Khader took a moment to respond, he forcefully advised the union members present that the outrageous behavior by the incumbent’s sibling was meant to silence and detract from Teamster’s Local 456’s ability to express their concerns and demands of and from a responsive Yonkers City Council President. Mike Khader said they intended to take away your options.
Described as North America’s strongest and most diverse union, the Teamsters represent 1.4 million members in occupations in both the public and private sectors. Their members include construction trades, sanitation, healthcare, secretaries, police officers, and newspaper workers, to name a few. With Teamsters Local 456’s support, members are secured decent wages, fair promotion, health coverage, job security and other benefits.
The Teamsters’ endorsement of Khader came during an evening rally at its headquarters in Elmsford, NY. President Picani addressed the membership, numbering in the hundreds. The energized crowd showed full support to unseat incumbent Council President McLaughlin in the November election.
Khader is a successful business litigation attorney. The Yonkers born and raised son of immigrant farmers from a small village is the first in his family to graduate from college. After the September 11th attacks, Khader decided to serve his country by joining the CIA. The first-time candidate is using his campaign to highlight the many issues still facing Yonkers residents, including in long-neglected communities on the city’s southwest side. This includes what he calls the many hidden taxes in resident’s homeowners assessments, and the need for more funding for Yonkers Public School District.
Khader will face McLaughlin in the November 7th general election.