OAKLAND -- Labor leaders lined up behind embattled Mayor Jean Quan Monday pledging to defeat efforts to recall her.

"This lady has been in office less than a year; we need to give her some slack," said Josie Camacho, executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council.

Two groups have begun recall campaigns against Quan, whose popularity has suffered over her handling of the Occupy Oakland protests.

The city has already given the green light for the author of one recall petition to submit the 19,811 valid signatures needed to trigger a recall election.

Camacho said a recall election would be a waste of time and money and that Quan had done nothing to violate the public's trust even if residents disapprove of how she dealt with the Occupy encampment.

"That isn't a reason to recall a mayor," Camacho said.

The labor council, which represents 120 unions and 100,000 members throughout the county, hasn't allocated money to fight the recall. Camacho said that union members would be working with Quan supporters to advocate for the mayor.

"This has to be a collaborative effort," Camacho said. "This isn't something that labor can do itself."

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