Endorsement from Major Union Representing Over 54,000 Workers is a Game Changer

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced a major endorsement of his campaign for Berkeley Mayor from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021.

“Jesse Arreguin will go to work every day as Mayor of Berkeley and fight for working people,” said Gary Jimenez, Vice President, East Bay for SEIU Local 1021. “On every issue that matters to working families—from economic opportunity, to affordable housing, to raising the minimum wage, Jesse is not only on the right side, but a true and tireless champion. He will be a visionary mayor who will truly make Berkeley work for everyone.”

SEIU Local 1021 represents over 54,000 employees in local governments, non-profit agencies, health care programs, and schools throughout Northern California. The union also represents a majority of Berkeley City workers. Their endorsement of Arreguin is in recognition of his strong advocacy for fair labor standards, the minimum wage, and addressing income inequality.

“As the son and grandson of farmworkers, SEIU Local 1021’s endorsement is a deep personal honor for me,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “Ever since I was young, the fight for economic fairness has been a major part of my life. Throughout my public service—on the Rent Board, Planning Commission, and City Council—I have always fought to make a difference for working people and to make our community more fair for everyone. When I am mayor, it will be my mission to make this city work better for all of us.”

“This endorsement is a game changer,” said Arreguin’s campaign consultant, Noah Finneburgh, of RALLY Campaigns. “Berkeley is a community that is deeply committed to economic and social justice, and SEIU Local 1021’s endorsement of Jesse Arreguin speaks volumes about what kind of mayor he will be. Jesse Arreguin is a Berkeley kind of mayor, and this endorsement puts him one step closer to victory.” 

SEIU Local 1021 joins a growing list of state and local elected officials and community leaders backing Arreguin’s campaign for Berkeley Mayor, including California State Controller Betty Yee, State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma, former California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, former Berkeley Mayor and civil rights leader 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.