On Wednesday, janitors, grocery workers, sanitation workers, truck drivers, port workers, construction workers, teachers, laundry workers, security officers, stadium, sports and entertainment workers, LAX workers, and City administrative and technical workers joined together to endorse Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles.
Representing the backbone of our economy and the heart of our city, LA’s working men and women support because Eric Garcetti because he hears our voices, he feels our struggles, and fights beside us. Eric Garcetti knows working men and women did not break our economy, but they are the ones who will lead our economic recovery. He knows that the best way to get our city moving again is with good jobs that lift families and immigrants out of poverty and boost our economy by spreading paychecks around struggling communities.
“I work a LAX, a place that should be a source of good jobs. Sadly, many airport workers live in poverty,” said Fannie Fuentes, a passenger service agent and member of SEIU-USWW. “Fighting to support our families, it sometimes feels like we’re are invisible, but Eric sees us. He knows the people who do the hard, dirty and sometimes dangerous work of keeping Los Angeles clean, safe, and moving should not be left in the shadows. In November when we shut down the airport with a huge protest against the poor working conditions at LAX, Eric was right there with us. We stand with Eric because he stands with LA’s workers.”
“Eric Garcetti stood with us in 2011 when grocery stores were threatening to cut our healthcare” said Willie Castro, a Ralph’s employee and members of UFCW Local 770. “We knew we could count on Eric. He had our backs every step of the way.”
“Too many families are being left behind in our city,” said Ana Arellana, a laundry worker with Workers United. “Eric Garcetti knows the best way to put our city back on track is with good family-supporting jobs.”
Uniting at endorsement rally were the Communications Workers of America, Engineers and Architects Association, International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union Local 13 and Local 94, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 300, Teamsters Joint Council 42, SEIU United Service Workers West, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, United Teachers Los Angeles, and Workers United.
“Construction workers build our city but right now they are faced with depression-level unemployment,” said Luis Robles, Secretary Treasurer of LIUNA Local 300. “Eric Garcetti knows it’s time to invest in the basics and put people to work building LA.”
“Working with LA’s young people, teachers always have an eye towards the future,” said Jimmie Woods Gray with ULTA. That’s why teachers know Eric Garcetti is the best candidate to lead us forward with innovation and investments to prepare every child in LA for success.”
“Simply put, Eric Garcetti has the best record on behalf of working women and men in Los Angeles,” said T. Santora, President of CWA Local 9000. “Eric has the vision and leadership of ensuring LA achieves its full potential as the City of the Information Age. That’s why CWA supports Eric for Mayor.”
“Sanitation workers keep our city clean and safe, but we go home after work and cannot afford to support our families. Eric fights for us because he knows we’ll never fix our economy unless we improve the quality of our jobs,” said Karla Campos, a sanitation worker who was joined by Teamsters Joint Council 42 President Randy Cammack.
“ILUW Locals 13 and 94 represents workers who load and unload more than 8 million containers a year at the Port of Los Angeles, providing 1 million jobs across California and 3 million nationwide” said Bobby Olvera Jr., Vice President of ILWU Local 13. “We recognize the importance of good jobs and that’s why we support Eric Garcetti.”
Following their endorsement, the coalition of workers supporting Eric Garcetti for Mayor vowed to do what it takes to win on Election Day. “Eric Garcetti is the clear choice for working families. He is the best candidate to get our economy back to work with good jobs and he best represents all of the workers that make up this diverse and immigrant city,” said SEIU-USWW President Mike Garcia. “Now we’re going to get to work hitting the streets, knocking on doors and making phone calls by the thousands. This election is too important to sit on the sidelines.
The rally closed with tremendous energy and rousing chants of “viva Garcetti” and “si se puede.”