We already knew that the Bay Area Hearts Bernie, but today the lefty presidential candidate showed the Bay some love back when he swung by the Oakland offices of National Nurses United for a conversation with union members.
Revealing (adorably) that you can't spell “Bernie” without RN, the union became the first national labor union to endorse Sanders in the 2016 presidential campaign.
[jump] National Nurses United, which includes the 86,000 nurses of the California Nurses Association, has a history of bucking mainstream Democratic Party politics. CNA endorsed Ralph Nader in 2000, and Sanders' opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership and Keystone XL pipeline and support for a “Medicare-for-all” single payer health system align with the progressive union's left-of-mainstream-Democrat positions.
The front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, has received her own share of union support, notably from the American Federation of Teachers. But labor enthusiasm for Clinton — who once sat on the board of directors of perennial union-buster Walmart — is less than overwhelming.
Meanwhile, the Chronicle reports that the third Democratic candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will be swinging by San Francisco later this month for a fundraiser and event with the Bay Area's other vaunted labor force: tech workers.