Uduak-Joe Ntuk Receives Endorsement of SEIU in LBUSD Race

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Uduak-Joe Ntuk Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education’s 1st District hopeful.

Uduak-Joe Ntuk Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education’s 1st District hopeful.

Scoring a huge victory, Uduak-Joe Ntuk announced Thursday that Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 99, 721, 1000, ULTCW, HWW, USWW & State Council have endorsed his campaign for the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education’s 1st District.

“Uduak-Joe Ntuk understands the needs of our communities and will be a true champion for working families,” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California. “Our public education system is at a critical junction, we need someone with Uduak-Joe’s experience and history of success to fight for all of Long Beach’s students.”

Over 700,000 Californians make up SEIU in California; they work throughout the state, in all 58 counties, and represent California in all of its diversity. They are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and more.

Uduak-Joe Ntuk is a local parent, youth mentor and Engineer.

He released the following statement:

“I am humbled to have the earned the support of SEIU,” said Ntuk.  “The work that the men and women of SEIU do for our state is unparalleled, time and again they sets a national trend. As a school board member, I hope to follow in their footsteps of organizing, outreach and leadership to our incredibly diverse population in LBUSD.”

SEIU’s endorsement is another in a rapidly growing list of high profile endorsements from individuals and organizations such as the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, LBUSD Board Member Felton Williams, California School Employees Association (CSEA) – Chapter 2, Laborers – Local 507, Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees, United Association Plumbers – Local 78, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) – District Council 36, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers (SMART) – Local 105, Iron Workers – Local 416 & 433 and a growing number of key community leaders, labor partners, small businesses, and clergy in supporting his campaign.

Ntuk is running to be the first Engineer to serve on the LBUSD Board of Education. The General Election will be held on April 8, 2014.

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