IAM Western Territory, Worker Allies Defeat Anti-Union Recall in California

The hard work of the IAM Western Territory has helped defeat the Sept. 14 recall election to remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from office.

For months, the Fighting Machinists in the Western Territory have been in the midst of a campaign to educate members about the importance of voting to reject the recall, which was led by millionaires who wanted to roll back the clock on California’s worker protections.

Several publications like The New York Times dubbed Newsom’s win a landslide victory against conservative talk show host Larry Elder, a staunch critic of minimum wages and labor unions.

“I am so proud of our territory’s staff and officers. Their dedication to this very important campaign has pushed back an effort to rewind the workers’ rights that are so important to our members in California,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “With this attempted recall in our rearview mirror, it’s now back to work to help rebuild the economy and assure state laws continue to improve the lives of our IAM members.”

The Western Territory’s program included phone banking, text messaging, robocalls and other member-to-member interactions. 

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