Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Joe Garofoli on February 13, 2018.
The 700,000-member Service Employees International Union California endorsed Lieutanant Governor Gavin Newsom for governor and state Senator Kevin de León for US Senate on Tuesday, giving the Democrats a powerful union ally to supply grassroots campaign help.
“SEIU California members are ready to work to see Gavin Newsom sworn in as California’s next governor,” Roxanne Sanchez, president of SEIU California, said in a statement Tuesday. “We believe that California can show the nation the way forward to a society that values every person and makes real progress toward economic and racial justice. Gavin Newsom will be both a visionary leader and, more important, a partner of working people in accomplishing these goals.”
Union officials praised de León as someone who “speaks up for California values.” …