Reed gets union's endorsement in mayor's race

An organization that says it represents about 87,000 union members throughout metro Atlanta endorsed Kasim Reed for mayor Thursday.

The Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO said it chose Reed, a state senator from southwest Atlanta, because the candidate said he would reduce the number of skeleton crews working in some city departments, that he will push for more money for MARTA and his commitment to more affordable housing.

The council's membership includes a union that claims more than 1,100 city workers.

Reed said if elected, he would create a position for a labor liaison to work with union leaders.

The candidate also said he would look closely at the company, NovaPro Risk Solutions, that is currently handling worker's compensation for the city. Police union leaders have complained that the company has delayed treatment for five seriously injured police officers. Reed said he has "deep concerns" about the situation.