Chatsworth, CA -- Pilar Schiavo’s campaign to flip Assembly District 38 back to blue today announced the endorsement of UNITE HERE Local 11. UNITE HERE Local 11 represents over 32,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers. Local 11 is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international labor union that represents 270,000 working people across North America.
The endorsement from UNITE HERE Local 11 adds to the growing support for Pilar’s campaign, which recently earned the endorsements of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, Senators Maria Elena Durazo and Connie Leyva, Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, Miguel Santiago, and Alex Lee, CA Dem Party Vice Chair David Campos, Hon. Jane Kim, Teamsters Joint Council 42, AFSCME 3299, National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), California Conference of Machinists, United Steelworkers Local 675 (USW), and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) TSA Local 1260.
“90% of UNITE-HERE members lost their jobs during the pandemic - many of them also losing their healthcare and at risk of losing their housing. As the pandemic continues, we can’t just rely on good votes - we need champions,” said Ada Briceño, Co-President, UNITE HERE Local 11. “We know Pilar will fight to make sure no one is left behind and will always stand up for working families.”
UNITE HERE made the difference in swing districts in 2020, knocking on 3 million doors. They understand the importance of flipping this district and will be critical partners to connect with voters and make sure everyone knows what is at stake in this election.
“UNITE HERE Local 11 members are some of the hardest working people I have ever met, and were also some of the hardest hit in the pandemic. They need a champion in Sacramento -- and they can count on me to be that champion,” said Schiavo. “I started my career fighting for working families in UNITE HERE Local 11. Seeing hotel workers join together to win contracts that made a real difference in their lives is how I fell in love with the labor movement and the difference it makes for so many families. Now, having their support in this race means the world to me. I look forward to partnering with them to ensure working families are protected and have the pay and security they deserve.”
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 SEIU International, 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 in Chatsworth. She was the first in the race to flip AD 38 back to blue and within weeks, broke fundraising records for the district, raising over $120,000 in the first six weeks of her campaign. More at Pilar4CA.com.