Chatsworth, CA -- Today, Pilar Schiavo announced the endorsement of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), adding to her labor support in the race to flip Assembly District 38 back to blue. Support from NUHW adds to the growing support for Pilar’s campaign, which recently announced the endorsements of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, and Senators Maria Elena Durazo and Connie Leyva.
"From walking the NUHW picket line, to supporting our organizing, and working with us to build a statewide movement for healthcare justice, Pilar has been fighting with us and for guaranteed healthcare for more than a decade. Healthcare workers are standing with Pilar because we know she will not only have our backs but she will lead on making California the first Medicare for All state in the nation," said Sal Rosselli, President of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
Spending her career fighting for healthcare justice, including 13 years with the California Nurses Association, makes earning the support of NUHW particularly meaningful.
“I am so grateful to have the support of healthcare workers I fought with to provide quality healthcare and healthcare justice for all. It means so much to me that NUHW has endorsed me after 20 years of devoted work in the labor movement,” said Schiavo.
NUHW comprises more than 15,000 members, including medical technicians and technologists, clerical workers, psychologists, pharmacists, housekeepers, dietary workers, nurses, nursing assistants, drug rehabilitation counselors, mental health clinicians, engineers, and many others whose hospitals and clinics rely on them to provide top quality care and service and were on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pilar has spent her career working to uplift working families. For almost 13 years, Pilar worked with California Nurses Association (CNA), most recently deploying nurses for disaster relief and humanitarian missions. She's also worked with UNITE-HERE Local 11, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the San Francisco Labor Council, all with the one goal of uplifting families. Pilar has been active in her community for years, initiating and co-founding West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) and the West Valley People's Alliance (WVPA), serving on the PTA at her daughter's public school, and was elected to the Leadership & School Site Councils. Pilar lives with her daughter Sofia and her stepdaughter Germany in Chatsworth.