By Sheri Williams
Sacramento union members and their allies are fighting back against the anti-worker recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
With a July 28 kickoff event, union members in the Sacramento region will join the family of Labor statewide for a campaign to stop the unnecessary recall, with phone and text banking and walking neighborhoods.
“Gov. Gavin Newsom has been and will continue to be a staunch supporter of the family of Labor, and we are committed to making sure he stays in office where he belongs,” said Sacramento Central Labor Council executive director Fabrizio Sasso. “This recall attempt is nothing more than a power grab. We won’t let it happen.”
Sasso said the SCLC is looking for volunteers to help with the effort.
“This is the most important political issue in California right now, and those who seek to keep working families down are organized and well-funded,” he said. “We need boots on the ground to make sure our voices are heard and our future protected.”
The recall is funded by anti-union millionaires to roll back decades of progress on workers’ rights in California, according to the California Labor Federation. The anti-union recall backers want to lower wages, eliminate health care and safety laws and kill union jobs.
“The recall is a sneak attack on our jobs, wages, benefits and union,” the Labor Fed said. “Anti-union special interests are funneling millions into the recall campaign to weaken or eliminate laws that protect our pay, health care, retirement and safety on the job.”
According to a review of contribution records for the two committees connected to the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign, the California Patriot Coalition 1 and Rescue California 2, individuals and organizations connected to anti-union efforts or political leaders have contributed $1,680,849 across 19 total contributions to the two committees.
California’s laws to protect workers are the strongest in the nation. If the anti-union recall backers are successful, California will lose years of progress on workers’ rights.
The recall puts at risk:
- Minimum Wage
- Overtime Pay
- Health and Safety Laws
- Workplace COVID Protections
- Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave
- Homecare and Child Care
- Prevailing Wage and Project Labor Agreements
- Union Jobs