Swalwelling: Rep. Eric Swalwell endorsed the
non-union-backed supervisorial candidate then 
avoided labor before heading back to Washington.

Rep. Eric Swalwell’s relationship with organized labor has always been a bit strained. After Swalwell made an abrupt and potentially pivotal decision two weeks ago to endorse Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker over the incumbent Supervisor Nate Miley, the unions were more than peeved.

Swalwell’s popularity in the congressional district that overlaps a portion of Miley’s supervisorial district is very strong and could possibility upend Miley’s re-election.

Of course, like most of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Miley has benefited over the years from strong union support and Swalwell’s play puts the incumbent at risk.

But, according to union sources, it’s Swalwell’s non-response to the aftermath of his endorsement that is further irking labor leaders.

Brian Parker and Eric Swalwell

Swalwell, in fact, has gone to great length to avoid labor over the past few weeks starting just after the Parker endorsement was announced on April 27.

Two days later, Swalwell skipped one of the biggest local labor events of the year, the Alameda Labor Council’s Unionist of the Year dinner in Oakland. Swalwell’s deputy chief of staff Tim Sbranti was sent in place of Swalwell, and reportedly received an earful from labor leaders upset by Swalwell’s endorsement ploy.

To rub salt into labor’s wounds, Swalwell walked precincts with Parker the next day, Saturday morning in Castro Valley and Pleasanton. Shortly afterward, Swalwell bolted back to Washington, D.C. without confronting his partners in labor.