SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Today, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced that he has been endorsed by the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 132 AFL-CIO.
“Local tradesmen and tradeswomen are lucky to have Jordan representing us,” said Eric Hofmann, President of UWUA Local 132 AFL-CIO. “Jordan has long been a leader in the effort to get more Career Technical Education in our schools and understands the importance of training the next generation of utility workers. UWUA Local 132 is proud to stand with Jordan in his campaign for Assembly.”
UWUA Local 132, founded in 1940, is comprised of approximately 3,500 unionized Southern California Gas workers.
Since spending time on the Templeton Unified School Board, Cunningham has led the charge to fully fund Career Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout K-14 schools. In 2018, Cunningham worked across the aisle to get hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG), a matching grant that incentivizes local investment in K-14 trades programs.
Expanding Career Technical Education in our state’s K-14 system will allow high school and community college graduates to find high-paying jobs in some of the country’s most in-demand jobs. Over the next few years, it is projected that more than 30 million jobs in the trades will be open as a result of baby boomers retiring. According to an Associated General Contractors survey, 74% of contractor firms predict a shortage of qualified workers.
After graduating from Atascadero High School, Cunningham graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in physics. He then obtained his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to serving in the Assembly, Cunningham served as a deputy district attorney in SLO County, and on the Templeton Unified School Board. He owns a small business with his wife Shauna, and enjoys coaching youth sports and raising their four kids.
To learn more about Jordan, visit www.JordanCunningham.org