County government’s largest labor union, Service Employees International Union Local 1021, recoiled at endorsing either of the Stockton City Council members running for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.
“It’s an obvious concern,” Marcus Williams, president of the San Joaquin County chapter of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said in this story. “We are concerned about what went on with the city workers and what went on with the City Council.”
What’s the concern?
The concern, of course, is that Miller was part of a politically courageous council that made absolutely necessary cuts to overcompensated public employee groups when the recession slashed city revenue. Instead of unconscionably over-feeding the unions and hastening Stockton’s bankruptcy as her feckless predecessors did, she helped pull Stockton out of its tailspin. The city is in recovery mode today in part because of those decisions.
Canepa took office after most of the crisis had passed. Apparently the “concern” is that he is cut from the same fiscally prudent cloth.
That either candidate strikes the union as willing to put broad public benefit ahead of narrow union interests is tantamount to an endorsement.