John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47. IBEW Local 47 represents electrical linemen in the Southern California area.
“John Chiang is the one candidate we can count on to stand up for the people of California and our working families,” said Patrick Lavin, Business Manager of IBEW Local 47. “John has held powerful actors accountable when they tried to harm consumers and has prioritized investments in renewable energy technologies to green our infrastructure and our state. We trust John to continue to be a staunch advocate for California’s workers, to fight for every Californian, and to lead with the utmost integrity, which is why the brothers and sisters of IBEW Local 47 are proud to endorse him to be our next governor.”
“I want to thank IBEW Local 47 for their endorsement, as well as their commitment to protecting the health and welfare of hard-working California families,” said Chiang. “Working families are the backbone of California, and it’s why I’ve always stood with them in their fight for fair pay, safer working conditions, collective bargaining rights, and the right to a secure and dignified retirement. I’ve never shied away from a fight — whether it was standing up to Governor Schwarzenegger, Wells Fargo, or the state legislature — so, as governor, Californians can trust me to stand up for our working families and fight to finance more affordable housing, protect workers’ pay, and invest in green technologies of the future.”
IBEW Local 47 is the latest endorsement for Chiang’s campaign, joining California NOW, the West LA Democratic Club, the Culver City Democratic Club, UNAC/UHCP, AFSCME District Council 36, Fontana Dems, NPE Action, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, the AAPI Democratic Club of San Diego, and so many others.
As a member of the state Board of Equalization, as state controller, and as state treasurer, Chiang has put California families first:
- During the 2008 Great Recession, Chiang took the steps to preserve the state’s cash and meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management decisions were instrumental in keeping the state’s credit rating from plunging into junk status. If not for Chiang’s action, taxpayers would have been responsible for billions in higher interest payments.
- As the most vigilant watchdog to have ever occupied the role of state controller, Chiang identified over $9.5 billion in fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars over the course of his service.
- By restructuring California’s state debt to generate more than $7 billion for schools, infrastructure, and public safety, Chiang brought back our failing state economy.
- 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 California workers and prevent reductions in benefits.
- Chiang has been a steadfast supporter of collective bargaining rights and has fought to protect labor agreements and prevailing wages for workers. He’s also fought to ensure workers have a voice in any changes to their retirement benefits.
- Chiang was one of the chief architects of Secure Choice/CalSavers, 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.
- Chiang convened California’s first Green Bond Symposium to come up with ways to turbocharge the innovative, new green bond market, with an eye toward unlocking its potential to pay for billions of dollars in investments in our green infrastructure — investments that would help support high-paying jobs in the green energy sector.
- In the wake of last year’s devastating wildfires, Chiang introduced new and more accessible financing programs to help impacted communities recover, including up to $2 million in low-interest loans enabling non-profit community and rural health clinics to reconstruct, repair, or refinance destroyed or damaged facilities.
- As state treasurer, Chiang has been the state’s leader in working to fund affordable housing, and revamped his office’s affordable housing programs — increasing development by 80% since 2014. He’s now working to place a roof over the heads of an additional four million low and moderate-income Californians in the next decade.
- When Wells Fargo began ripping off hundreds of thousands of innocent Californians and millions of other Americans, including vulnerable seniors, immigrants, veterans, and low-income communities, Chiang imposed sanctions on the bank and cut Wells Fargo off from their most profitable lines of business in California.
- When the state legislature refused to do their job and pass a balanced budget on time as required by the state constitution, Chiang held his own party accountable by withholding the pay of state legislators.
- 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.