LA Labor Movement Celebrates The Defeat Of The Anti-Worker Recall Of California Governor Gavin Newsom
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Critical In Historic Victory By Organizing Millions of Working People to the Polls
(Los Angeles, CA) Today marks a great victory that was made possible thanks to the efforts of thousands of union members across Los Angeles County. Californians have spoken loud and clear by voting no on the anti-worker recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom.
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, comprised of over 300 affiliates representing over 800,000 members, organized one of the state’s most robust get-out-the-vote operations. These efforts included a socially distanced phone-banking and door-knocking operation staffed by union members across Los Angeles County. The over $2.1 million program consisted of paid and volunteer canvassers covering 3,265 shifts, knocking on over 130,000 doors, and making over 1 million phone calls. This operation was pivotal in turning out the vote that secured a victory for Governor Newsom.
“As we said from the very beginning, the Los Angeles Labor Movement would anchor the anti-recall campaign for the State of California and we did just that,” said Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
“The recall campaign has been driven by those seeking to exploit workers and undermine our union values. They have been staunch opponents of the California Governor’s life-saving efforts to protect working families during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. But tonight we saw a commanding victory for working families, and just as they have over the last year and a half, it was our frontline workers and union members that got us through this.
Make no mistake, it was the Los Angeles Labor Movement that delivered this victory and defeated this recall. It was the work done by the union members of Los Angeles that helped keep Governor Newsom in office. Our work does not end here. We must continue the fight in the State of California to pursue the common good through Labor’s values of hard work, respect, dignity, and integrity.”
Since 1885, the LA Fed has been a force for progress. We are a federation of over 300 affiliated union and labor organizations representing more than 800,000 members, each with their own unique stories and backgrounds. We stand united in our mission to build a movement for justice committed to protecting the rights of working people and improving the lives of our families and communities.