Good. We need union leaders in high places!
SAN FRANCISCO—A low-key effective “union organizer to the core,” Rusty Hicks, is now running the California Democratic Party, an important post heading into the 2020 elections.

Hicks “believes the only way we can give working people a fair shot is by old-fashioned organizing,” adds California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith, who knows the players in both the state party and the state labor federation.

Hicks put that knowledge to good use in campaigning for the party chair. He won 57% of the vote on the first ballot at the party convention on June 1 in San Francisco. Smith attributed that to Hicks’s talent for organizing.
That potential drew 14 of the Democrats’ 24 presidential hopefuls to the state convention. Its delegates gave boisterous cheers to Sens. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and hometown Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.—in that order—for their policy proposals.

Meanwhile, news reports said Sanders and Warren criticized the front-runner in the polls, former Vice President Joe Biden, for not showing up, though they didn’t name him, or their foe next year: Donald Trump.