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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:04 AM

Kamala Harris picks up major union endorsement

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting the presidential endorsement of the United Farm Workers, the labor group will announce Saturday.

The major endorsement, shared first with The Chronicle, is timed with the California Democratic Party Endorsing Convention in Long Beach, and comes as a shot in the arm as the Democrat’s campaign has struggled in recent months.

The powerhouse California-based farm workers labor group has a long history in progressive politics. Established by liberal organizing icons Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla, the union represents more than 10,000 agricultural workers in California and along the West Coast. The union also has a strong political grassroots presence in the Southwest.

The union’s executive board and leadership voted “overwhelmingly” to endorse Harris, UFW President Teresa Romero said in a statement shared with The Chronicle. The union did hear from other Democratic candidates before making their endorsement.


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