Unions played a pivotal role in Democratic participation efforts during the recall – something Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged in the final weeks of the election.
In Los Angeles County alone, all union affiliation through the AFL-CIO called more than a million phone numbers and knocked on more than 130,000 doors, according to the organization’s spokesperson, Christian Castro. In total, the federation spent over $ 2.1 million on the recall effort and coordinated a total of 3,265 volunteer shifts.
Newsom admitted that his campaign relied on unions in the final days of the campaign.
“This is not a persuasion campaign,” Newsom told reporters earlier this month in Los Angeles. “I mean, you will always find people who can be on the fence, but it’s really about participation. Labor knows how to react.”
Unions have also poured millions into the effort to stop the recall.
Newsom’s campaign told CNN earlier this month that locals of the Service Employees International Union, California Teachers Association, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, State Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers’ International The Union of North America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Association have contributed $ 14 million to fight the recall and protect Newsom.