Sept. 6, 2011 | A day after Labor Day, assembly candidate Abel Guillen snagged one of the first big union endorsements of the upcoming election season.
Guillen, who is running for the newly-drawn 18th District representing Alameda, San Leandro and part of Oakland, received the backing of the Service Employees Union International, Local 1021. The union represents over 54,000 service workers in the East Bay.
Union support runs in Guillen's family. Both of his parents were card-carrying union members as was Guillen. He joined the picket line last Saturday in support of lockout service workers at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.
Guillen's run for the assembly follows five years as a trustee for the Peralta Community College Board of Directors. Alameda Councilman Rob Bonta, AC Transit Board of Director Joel Young and Kathy Neal are also vying for the seat replacing termed-out Assemblyman Sandre Swanson.