(CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama Friday won the backing of a major California Union that had supported John Edwards.
The California chapter of the SEIU, which boasts a membership of 650,000, hailed the Illinois senator as the candidate that best advances our vision for a new America united in hope."
"Obama's pledge to ensure working families have a strong voice, that health care is not a luxury and that our children are given the tools to succeed best represents the values that our members care about," Annelle Grajeda, president of the California chapter said. "SEIU represents 650,000 workers in California, including nurses, janitors, librarians, homecare workers, security officers, technicians, social workers and others."
"Sen. Obama will partner with working men and women to further the American Dream and ensure our children have a bright future," she added.
- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney