The Buzz: Jerry Brown's labor ally blacklists his former political adviser

07/09/2013 12:00 AM

07/09/2013 12:27 AM

Labor Federation blacklists Jerry Brown's former adviser

The California Labor Federation, an ally of Gov. Jerry Brown, has formally blacklisted Brown's former political adviser, Steve Glazer, for his work in two divisive Assembly races last year.

The state Labor Federation recently posted on its website a "California Labor 'Do Not Hire' List," rebuking Glazer and five other consultants for their involvement "in two campaigns in 2012 that directly attacked labor unions and caused damage to the labor movement."

The campaigns were Democrat-vs.-Democrat Assembly races that pitted labor against the California Chamber of Commerce, whose influential political action committee Glazer advised.

Glazer, an Orinda City Council member, is running next year in the open East Bay-based 16th Assembly District. One of his opponents, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, is a leader in the political arm of the California Teachers Association.

In an email, Glazer accused the union of leading the effort to blacklist him, saying that it is "acting like a bully in the school yard."

Labor Federation spokesman Steve Smith said the teachers union did not influence the federation's decision to blacklist the consultants. The action, he said, "doesn't have anything to do with Steve Glazer's race."

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