LOS ANGELES, CA – John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS). The ACSS is largest and most experienced organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the employment and professional interests of California’s state-employed supervisors, managers, and confidential employees working in every state department and agency.
“I fought on the front lines of budget battles with ACSS members to protect the jobs and wages of our public employees, and am looking forward to protecting these hard working men and women as California’s next governor,” said Chiang. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Association of California State Supervisors. With their support I know we can implement a progressive vision for California that will protect and create jobs, ensure fair wages, and provide workers with a secure retirement.”
“When Governor Schwarzenegger played politics with our jobs and threatened the livelihood of California’s public servants, John Chiang stood up for us and beat the governor,” said Frank Ruffino, President of the ACSS. “The ACSS knows we can trust John when times get tough because he’s the candidate that has had our backs through the tough times. John is a hero to the working men and women of the state, which is why the ACSS is proud to offer its full-hearted endorsement of his campaign for governor. We know John Chiang is the best man for the job.”
Chiang has made supporting the ACSS and its members a priority throughout his tenure on the State Board of Equalization, as state controller, and as state treasurer:
- 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.
- 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 giving state workers the right to meet and confer, and believes workers deserve a voice in any changes to their retirement benefits.