Unions were critical to Democratic turnout efforts in the recall — something Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged in in the final weeks of the election.
In Los Angeles county alone, the entire affiliation of labor unions through the AFL-CIO called more than 1 million phone numbers and knocked on over 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 acknowledged his campaign was leaning on unions in the final days of the campaign.
“It’s not a persuasion campaign,” Newsom told reporters earlier this month in Los Angeles. “I mean, you’ll still find people that may be on the fence, but it’s really about turnout. Labor knows how to turn out.”
Unions also poured millions into the effort to stop the recall.
Newsom’s campaign told CNN earlier this month that local chapters 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 Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Association have contributed a combined $14 million to fight the recall and protect Newsom.