California’s largest state worker union approved a $1 million donation Wednesday to help Gov. Gavin Newsom fight the recall in an emergency vote that some members said would cause friction in the union amid a leadership shakeup.
“Gavin Newsom will win this recall without our support,” said Robert Bayze, a union member who unsuccessfully proposed the union take no position on the recall. “The only thing that our support will do is further divide our union.”
SEIU Local 1000 represents 96,000 state workers. The $1 million contribution approved by the board of directors will go to the SEIU California State Council, which oversees 17 unions and voted last week to oppose the recall.