New York City Councilman Bill Perkins on Wednesday was endorsed by the key labor union 1199SEIU in his bid for a full term.

Perkins, an upper Manhattan Democrat, won a special election in February, vacating his seat on the state Senate.

“When it comes to standing up and fighting for what is right, Bill Perkins has always been there fighting for working people,” said Helen Schaub, New York State Director of Politics and Legislation at 1199SEIU.

“He has fought for jobs and better working conditions and quality healthcare for all He’s been tireless in fighting for justice, fairness and equality and has a proven record of taking action and getting results. We look forward to continue to work with Bill Perkins in the City Council and are excited to join his team and help him win.”

Perkins has previously received the endorsement of a range of labor groups including 32BJ, RWDSU, CWA Local 1, UAW, Professional Staff Congress and the Doctors Council SEIU.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of 1199SEIU. I thank the more than 220,000 NYC members for the work they do every day to help our city and the leadership they have provided to promote good jobs and quality healthcare. This is a major endorsement because this is a union that not only supports candidates but whose members really work to make a difference,” he said.

“It is another sign of the momentum we are feeling as we build a large and diverse grassroots campaign that is moving this campaign forward. I look forward to working with 1199SEIU to win this campaign and improve the lives of the people of my District and City. Together, we can make a difference for families today, and for generations to come.”