Capitol Alert

Teamsters endorse Republican Scott Jones for Congress

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announces his candidacy for Congress in Rancho Cordova on Nov. 16, 2015.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announces his candidacy for Congress in Rancho Cordova on Nov. 16, 2015.

Republican Scott Jones’ congressional campaign has received another union endorsement.

On Friday, the elected sheriff of Sacramento County announced support from the Teamsters Joint Council 7, which represents 100,000 workers in dairies, trucking, food processing and related fields across Northern California, the Central Valley and Northern Nevada.

Jones is challenging Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, who has drawn criticism from organized labor for voting to give the president fast-track trade authority. While Bera has not taken a position on the full trade deal, Jones came out against the pact early, a stand cited by the Teamsters in its endorsement.

“We are endorsing Scott Jones because of his strong stance against the Trans Pacific Partnership and commitment to protecting American jobs,” Rome Aloise, president of Teamsters Joint Council 7, and a registered Democrat, said in a prepared statement.

“With 10,000 good-paying union jobs in California’s vital dairy industry at stake, we need someone in this seat whose word we can count on. We are confident that Scott Jones is the right person for the job.”

The Teamsters support comes a month after Jones announced the endorsement of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, a labor group representing carpenters, pile drivers, millwrights and other skilled tradespeople.

Bera has been meeting with labor groups to talk about his position on trade but said he would not seek certain union endorsements until he makes up his mind on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He issued the following prepared statement in response to the endorsement Friday.

“When I first ran, I said I would put people ahead of politics, and that's what I will continue to do. From standing up for the right to organize to working to increase the minimum wage, I’m proud of my record of fighting for working families.

“The endorsement that matters most is from my constituents, and I will continue to fight for them by pushing to strengthen our economy and create greater opportunity for working families to get ahead.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago