Organization Representing 100 Local Unions Says Councilmember is “the One Working Families Want in Our Corner

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which serves as an umbrella organization for more than 100 local unions, representing 100,000 workers in healthcare, transportation, education, construction, manufacturing, and service.
“Jesse Arreguin has been standing up for working families for years, and has delivered real results,” said Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho. “He’s helped raise the minimum wage in Berkeley and is fighting hard to raise it further. And Jesse delivered millions of dollars to build new affordable housing in our community. He’s the one working families want in our corner, fighting for us as the next Mayor of Berkeley.”

The Labor Council joins a long list of state, local, and community leaders and organizations backing Arreguin’s campaign, including SEIU Local 1021, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers, East Bay Young Democrats, California State Controller Betty Yee, State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma, former California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, former Berkeley Mayors Shirley Dean and Gus Newport, Berkeley Councilmember Max Anderson, Berkeley Rent Board Chair Jesse Townley and a super-majority of the elected Rent Board, Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez, AC Transit Director Mark Williams, former Berkeley Councilmembers Ying Lee and Carole Kennerly, and former Alameda County Board of Education President Jacki Fox Ruby, among many others.

“Earning this endorsement is a deep honor for me,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “The labor movement is ingrained in my DNA. I am both the son and grandson of farmworkers. I grew up idolizing César Chavéz and I have been a lifelong labor activist. Throughout my career on the Planning Commission, Rent Board, and the City Council, I have always fought to give working families a level playing field and a better shot at getting ahead. And I look forward to working with the members of the Labor Council and working families throughout Berkeley to make our city work for everyone when I am Mayor.”

Arreguin’s consultant, Noah Finneburgh, of RALLY Campaigns, said that the endorsement of the Labor Council sends a strong signal. “Having earned this endorsement, as well as support from SEIU Local 1021, United Farmworkers, and Dolores Huerta, it is clear that Jesse Arreguin is the choice for working families in the race for Berkeley Mayor,” he said.