Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

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Published on March 01, 2012 with 1 Comment

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. File photo by Luke Thomas.

From Alameda Labor Council

March 1, 2012

OAKLAND — Local workers affiliated with the Alameda Labor Council today expressed strong support for Mayor Jean Quan, vowing to defeat any attempt to recall her. The show of support follows a resolution to oppose the recall adopted by delegates of the Alameda Labor Council on December 5th.

“Mayor Quan is doing very important work to revive Oakland’s economy, and that work must continue,” said Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council. “Mayor Quan’s efforts to develop the Oakland Army Base will bring businesses to our city and create good, sustainable jobs for Oakland residents.”

The resolution adopted by delegates to oppose the recall says the recall would hurt the city during a time of continued economic uncertainty.

“Our communities are in the midst of an economic downturn which has caused both unemployment and a fiscal crisis in Oakland,” the resolution states. “A recall would distract attention from the crucial task of confronting this crisis and would only create an additional financial drain on the city.”

Workers cited the Mayor’s longstanding commitment to working people at today’s press conference.

“When the FAA shutdown happened in July at the Oakland Airport tower construction site, it put me and dozens of workers out of work,” said Theo Green a journeyman electrician with IBEW 595. “Mayor Quan came out to our job site, stood with us and spoke out, stressing the need to get people back to work. She is a leader for working people and we need her voice and leadership in Oakland more than ever.”

The Delegates resolution also draws attention to the critical public safety efforts Mayor Quan is leading and highlights her success in building Oakland’s first public safety plan that unites law enforcement and schools to combine community policing efforts and targeted work with youth and families.

“We must make our neighborhoods safer and reduce the violent crime impacting our communities,” said Michael Patterson, IBEW 1245 member and Oakland resident. “I know Mayor Quan is focused on identifying public safety solutions for our youth and families who have been impacted by violence.”

The Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO is committed to building a progressive city government that serves the interests of working families. We believe our energy and resources are best served by building safe and healthy communities, tackling our shared challenges, and creating good jobs.

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  1. Labor Unions once again show their self serving heads. labor Unions only come out to play when it is in their serving interests. Once again they have played the OWS movement as a bowl movement.