AFSCME District Council 57 Endorses Rob Bonta For State Assembly

OAKLAND, CA – The Rob Bonta for California State Assembly campaign today announced the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 57, AFL-CIO, representing nearly 25,000 state employees in public and private agencies statewide, including several classifications of employees within AC Transit, the Oakland Unified School District, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the East Bay Regional Parks District.
“Rob Bonta has demonstrated a commitment to working men and women of California ever since he was a boy growing up with his parents in the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement,” remarked George Popyack, Executive Director for AFSCME District Council 57. “We believe that Rob would be a strong voice for the people of the new 18th Assembly District in Sacramento and be a champion in the fight for services California’s working families deserve.”
The endorsement of AFSCME District Council 57 is just the latest in a string of labor endorsements for Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta, including the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, the Alameda Police Officers Association, the Alameda Firefighters Local 689, and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, AFL-CIO.

“AFSCME members provide important services for the people of Alameda County, yet those services are most vulnerable to cuts by politicians in Sacramento,” said Vice Mayor Bonta. “It is time for Sacramento to re-evaluate its priorities and become more responsive to the people. We need to protect funding for education, healthcare and basic services. I am honored to be a partner with AFSCME in this fight.”

Rob Bonta is running for the 18th Assembly District, which includes all or portions of the cities of Alameda, Oakland, and San Leandro. The district is currently represented by Assembly Member Sandré Swanson, who will be termed out in 2012.

Throughout his career in public service, Vice Mayor Bonta has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for Alameda’s and California’s public schools. He has fought to prevent layoffs of firefighters and police officers, foster economic development, exercise fiscal responsibility, and improve recreation opportunities for families. For more information on Vice Mayor Bonta visit www.RobBonta.com.