The influential labor union 32BJ on Wednesday endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bid for a third term this year, citing his push for a paid family leave program and a $19 minimum wage for airport workers.

“Governor Cuomo has a long and strong record of progressive policies that have earned him our members’ support,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “He has delivered a $15 minimum wage for New Yorkers, 12 weeks of paid family leave, a $19 minimum wage for over 40,000 New York-area airport workers and championed many other pieces of legislation that have made working families in our state better off. That was why our executive board decided to endorse him. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead to keep improving the lives of working New Yorkers.”

The endorsement comes a month before the state Democratic Committee and the Working Families Party will hold their conventions. Cuomo this year faces a primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, an actress and advocate for public education issues.

Cuomo has lined up a coalition of allies in the labor movement, with groups like 32BJ among them. Polls have shown he has steady support from labor households.

“We see what is going on in Washington and we know that we need to keep the progressive leadership we have here in New York that has enabled union members like me to have a middle class life and provide a bright future for our kids,” said 32BJ Executive Board member Sabrina Ladson, a security officer who works in the Bronx. “Governor Cuomo is that kind of leader. He not only supports union rights but rights for workers who don’t have a union, who make minimum wage and who are just trying to support themselves and their families. He wants to lift all workers up, not hold them down.”