Coming on the Heels of the Alameda Labor Council, CNA Endorsement Solidifies Councilman as the Labor Candidate for Mayor
(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by the California Nurses Association (CNA). Founded in 1903, the CNA/National Nurses Association Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO is a premiere organization of registered nurses, and one of America’s fastest growing labor organizations, with over 86,000 members in hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies in all 50 states.
“Jesse is the clear choice for working families in this election,” said Katy Roemer, RN, VP of the California Nurses Association. “Others may talk about issues like affordable housing and increasing the minimum wage because they are running for Mayor. Jesse on the other hand is the real deal. Jesse is also working to save our community hospital, Alta Bates. The California Nurses Association is proud to endorse Jesse Arreguin to be Berkeley's next Mayor.”
CNA’s endorsement comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Arreguin 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.
“It’s becoming clearer every day,” said Arreguin’s campaign consultant, Noah Finneburgh, of RALLY Campaigns. “Jesse Arreguin is the labor candidate for Mayor of Berkeley, and the only candidate who will fight—and deliver—for people from all walks of life in this city.”
“It is an incredible honor to have received the endorsement of the California Nurses Association,” said Councilmember Arreguin. “The hard working men and women who serve as nurses in our city help make our community a safer, healthier, and more vibrant place to live. And they deserve a champion in the Mayor’s office. I will be that champion, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead to make Berkeley work for everyone.”
CNA and the Alameda Labor Council join 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.