Longtime community activist and labor attorney will fight for working people
EMERYVILLE — The National Union of Healthcare Workers is proud to announce its endorsement of Dan Siegel for mayor of Oakland.
As a civil rights attorney specializing in employment and labor law, Siegel represents NUHW and its 10,000 members, making a valuable contribution to the union’s mission to improve patient care, working conditions, and wages and benefits for workers throughout the healthcare industry.
“Dan understands the challenges faced by working people in today’s world,” says NUHW President Sal Rosselli. “He is a selfless advocate for the 99 percent, having dedicated his life to progressive causes. We support his effort to continue that struggle at Oakland City Hall.”
Siegel’s administration will protect city workers from attacks on their wages and benefits and will work with the community to build an economy that provides good paying jobs, to address neighborhood safety issues, and to improve our schools so that they equitably serve all of Oakland’s students.
An East Oakland resident since 1975, Siegel has successfully represented victims of employment discrimination and government misconduct for forty years. He graduated from UC Berkeley law school and was president of the UC student government and a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement. He served as president of both the Oakland School Board and the Oakland Housing Authority Commission and was an author of Oakland’s Community Policing Ordinance and the Oakland Unified School’s District’s nationally acclaimed nutrition policy.
Siegel announced his candidacy January 9 at 14th and Broadway, which served as the entrance to the Occupy Oakland encampment three years ago. Siegel was an adviser to Mayor Jean Quan at the time of the Occupy movement but resigned in protest when Quan ordered a police crackdown on the encampment in the fall of 2011.
“No longer Mayor Quan’s legal advisor,” Siegel tweeted on the morning of his resignation. “Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.”
NUHW represents nearly 10,000 healthcare workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in California. It has a proven track record of democratic unionism and winning strong patient-care and workplace standards. In 2013, NUHW affiliated with the California Nurses Association, which represents 85,000 Registered Nurses in California.