Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member and UCLA Law School Lecturer Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, an AFL-CIO union, in his candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate.
“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 is proud to endorse Ben Allen. Ben is a proven advocate for working people, whose leadership on issues important to our membership has resulted in victories for the residents in both District 26 and the surrounding areas. We look forward to working with Mr. Allen and will work to see that he becomes our voice in Sacramento to further his commitment of advocacy for all Californians,” said IBEW Local 11 Political Director Antonio Sanchez.
“Fair wages, safe conditions, and the ability to collectively bargain are not privileges – they are rights. At a time when critical jobs are being lost to one of the largest recessions we’ve had in our country’s history, unions like the IBEW are keeping hard workers on the job, building our roads, homes, and schools, and in many other critical industries right here in our District. I am honored to have the support of such an important union, as they are another salient component of my group of supporters for my State Senate campaign,” said Ben Allen.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government in both the United States and Canada. The IBEW has members is among the largest unions in the AFL-CIO.
With its endorsement, IBEW joins many other organizations that are endorsing Ben Allen, the only candidate who has grown up in the District and who has represented Californians at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsement of the following organizations: the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA), the Santa Monica Firefighters, IAFF Local 1109, Community for Excellent Public Schools, Los Angeles Area locals of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE); UNITE HERE Local 11, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Painters & Allied Trades, District Council 36, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 78, Laborers' International Union of North America: Local 300, and Laborers' International Union of North America: Local 1309. These organizations join an ever expanding list of democratic clubs, elected officials, and community organizations that have voiced their support for Allen.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Torrance, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Westwood Village, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Sunset Hills, Beverly Grove, Mar Vista, Mid City West, Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax, Carthay, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square; and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Marina Del Rey, San Clemente Island, Santa Catalina Island, Franklin, Centinela, and Ocean View.