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John Chiang Endorsed By AFSCME District Council 36



John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 36 AFL-CIO. AFSCME DC 36 represents more than 55 autonomous local unions throughout Southern California, which includes over 20,000 union members who work in local government agencies and at nonprofit organizations. The district stretches from Los Angeles County to San Bernardino County, and down to San Diego County and Imperial County.

“John Chiang has stood up for the hard-working men and women of DC 36, as well as millions of other Californians time after time, so we’re proud to endorse him to be our next governor,” said Andreas Jung, President of AFSCME District Council 36. “John has fought to protect our pensions against any cuts, and he’s kept our economy strong and helped create even more jobs for California workers. We’re proud to stand with John because he is the candidate with the integrity and honesty to always fight for what’s fair, and we trust him to always do what’s right by California’s workers and families.”

“I want to thank my brothers and sisters at AFSCME District Council 36 for their strong endorsement, and for always fighting for the hard-working families of Southern California,” said Chiang. “As a lifetime supporter and advocate for the labor community, I’m proud to have spoken at union halls, walked picket lines, and sat at negotiating tables advocating for better pay and better benefits for our workers. I have never backed down from a fight, and, as governor, you can trust me to continue standing up against the corporate interests that aim to undermine worker’s rights. I’m honored to have DC 36’s support, and I promise to never stop fighting to ensure California’s workers receive the dignity, respect, and fair pay they deserve.”

AFSCME District Council 36 joins the long list of major endorsements Chiang has received in the last several weeks, including former opponent Michael Bracamontes, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, and so many others.

During his time in public office, John Chiang has fought to protect California’s public employees:

  • As a state elected official and an ex-officio board member of the CalPERS/CalSTRS systems for many years, Chiang has fought to protect the pensions of public employees and prevent reductions in benefits.
  • Chiang has been a steadfast supporter of collective bargaining rights for state workers, and believes workers deserve a voice in any changes to their retirement benefits.
  • During the 2008 budget stalemate, then-Controller Chiang refused to implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s directive demanding the salaries of more than 200,000 government employees be cut to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour, taking the governor to court to protect the pay of our hardworking public servants.
  • In 2009, then-Controller Chiang refused to implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s directive to furlough the state workforce. Chiang was later vindicated when the California Supreme Court ruled no governor can issue such a furlough order by unilateral fiat.
  • Chiang’s fiscal responsibility led our state through the great recession with a steady hand, and helped California become the world’s sixth largest economy.
  • Chiang was one of the chief architects of Secure Choice — a state sponsored retirement plan that is set to herald in the most significant change to retirement savings since Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, and that will help up to 7.5 million Californians — with almost no cost to the state.