David Chiu Endorsed By San Francisco Labor Council For District 3 Supervisor

SFLC Represents 150 Unions Totaling 100 Thousand Members Includes SEIU Local 1021 and SEIU-UHW

April 2, 2008 – The San Francisco Labor Council, including SEIU Local 1021 and SEIU-UHW, has announced its endorsement of David Chiu for District 3 Supervisor in San Francisco for the November 4, 2008 election.

“The San Francisco Labor Council endorses David Chiu’s campaign for District 3 Supervisor,” said Tim Paulson, executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, “David has proven himself to be a true friend and ally of labor. Our organization and our membership will do all that we can to help David win his upcoming election.”

San Francisco Labor Council (SFLC) represents more than 150 labor unions, including several representing city workers. The SFLC is the local body of the AFL-CIO and was chartered in 1893 to be the coordinating regional body for labor cooperation and unity. Over 150 unions are affiliated with the SFLC, representing more than 100 thousand members and their families.

“We stand with our brother David Chiu and endorse his candidacy for District 3 Supervisor,” said Ed Kinchley, executive board member, SEIU Local 1021. “David understands the importance of public health services and will fight to ensure that San Franciscans’ health is not jeopardized.”

SEIU Local 1021 is a progressive 21st century union representing a wide variety of public and private non-profit workers. The Local represents over 50 thousand workers in local government, schools, courts, health care, special district, and private non-profit jurisdictions throughout northern California.

“We’re excited to be supporting David Chiu in his campaign for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors,” said Sal Rosselli, President SEIU-United Health Care Workers-West. “Just as David has stood side-by-side with healthcare workers in their longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of San Francisco, we stand behind him now.”

SEIU United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW) is a union organization of 150 thousand members working in every facet of the healthcare industry, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and homecare. UHW is the fastest growing union in the nation and is also the largest and most powerful hospital and healthcare union west of the Mississippi.

“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of the San Francisco Labor Council through its competitive endorsement process,” said David Chiu, candidate for District 3 Supervisor in San Francisco. “As an elected official, I would make myself accessible to workers and their representatives by asking for labor input on relevant policies and working with organized labor to develop legislative proposals.”

David Chiu has been a strong advocate for labor throughout his professional career. As a staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, David represented workers against a sweatshop employer, and served on the advisory board of the San Francisco Day Laborer Program. He has assisted UNITE HERE Local 2 workers on various issues involving hotel management.

In the mid 1990’s, Chiu served as a legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, a strong ally of labor, and advised the Senator on numerous budget proposals that affected working families.