FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2021
California Labor Federation
Contact: Steve Smith 510-326-4644
Thousands of Union Volunteers Hit Streets In Final Four Days to Get Out Vote for No on Recall
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Executive VP Tefere Gebre to Join Final GOTV Push
SACRAMENTO – Thousands of union volunteers will knock doors and make phone calls in the final four days of the campaign to defeat the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Labor unions, the Stop the Republican Recall campaign, community groups and the California Democratic Party will put at least 25,000 volunteers into the field to close the campaign with one of the largest ground game operations the state has ever seen.
Joining the California Labor Federation’s statewide GOTV push will be new national AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, who will door knock alongside volunteers. The national labor movement’s deep commitment to defeating the recall effort is testament to the high stakes for workers in California and around the country.
“An army of volunteers are hitting the streets in the final days to extinguish the threat this recall poses to priorities like workplace safety, the minimum wage, public education funding and immigrant rights,” said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski. “Union volunteers are leading the charge to turn out every last vote to ensure we protect our progress on COVID-19 and all workers’ fundamental rights.”
Labor’s unprecedented campaign to defeat the recall has already reached millions of voters. Through door knocks, phone calls, text messages, mail, digital, and worksite visits, union volunteers have reached more than 7 million voters so far, many multiple times, about the stakes of defeating the recall. The outreach effort includes a heavy investment in communicating with hard-to-reach voters including in-language communication to immigrant voters and targeted digital advertising to reach young voters.
Shuler will join California Labor Federation chief officer Art Pulaski to knock doors in Oakland with the Alameda Labor Council on Saturday, September 11 at 9 am (7750 Pardee Lane, Suite 110, Oakland) and Sunday at noon with the South Bay Labor Council (2302 Zanker Road, San Jose). Gebre will walk with Sacramento Central Labor Council volunteers in Sacramento on Sunday, September 12 at noon (681 W Capitol Ave, W Sacramento).