District Council 57

Assembly District 14 Race Centers on People vs. Money

Billionaire backers of corporate-funded charter schools have already spent more than $2 million in the California State Assembly District 14 race in a classic example of corporate wealth vs. working people.

Yet the candidate AFSCME members have endorsed—Mae Cendaña Torlakson—has shown that she is the champion for working people in Contra Costa and Solano counties.

California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski points to the fact that the District 14 race is the most important legislative race in Northern California for the basic reason that corporate donors have poured millions into the coffers of Torlakson’s opponent.

“That’s why it’s all about the power of the people vs. the power of the money,” Pulaski said. “The only way we will win is by knocking doors and talking to people.”

AFSCME members joined a large group of labor leaders and the Contra Costa Central Labor Council on October 8 to do just that.

Torlakson has shown that her experience with being a champion for working families and good jobs far outweighs her opponent’s platform.

As an educator, Torlakson has worked to increase the number of local students trained to prepare for technology jobs. She plans to grow middle-class jobs through hands-on career training, and she strongly supports the right of workers to choose union representation on the job. In addition, Torlakson supports increasing the minimum wage to lift up all workers to enable them to contribute to the local economy of our communities.

Her opponent, on the other hand, has refused to pledge support to union rights and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, has a history of siding with campaign contributors.

“This is exactly why everyone needs to get out and vote on November 8, and vote the labor ticket top to bottom,” said AFSCME Retirees Chapter 57 President Nadine Peyrucain. “We must elect Mae Torlakson to the State Assembly.”

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