This will eliminate unions and corporations from collecting funds from members and employees for political contributions.

Summary
Prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Prohibits union and corporate contributions to candidates and their committees. Prohibits government contractor contributions to elected officers or their committees. Fiscal Impact: Increased costs to state and local government, potentially exceeding $1 million annually, to implement and enforce the measure’s requirements. This proposition has no restrictions on personal contributions or pacs of any sort.
Controversy
  • This proposition wants to eliminate the voice of any union worker. It removes their only real ability to unite and create a voice in government.
  • This is the 3rd time this type of Proposition has been put to a vote.
  • Currently super pacs and private contributions by very wealthy individuals amount to 15 times greater than what organized labor can collect to defend union workers and the working class.
Fiscal Impact
If this proposition passes it will cost the government additional resources and funds to investigate alleged violations and other administrative costs. Currently for every one dollar that unions spend on politics super pacs spend 15 to fight against union labor.
Questions -
  1. Do you want take the first step in eliminating unions in California?


YES vote- Unions and Corporations could not use money deducted from an empolyee's paycheck for political purposes. Unions, corporations and goverment contractors would be subject to additional campaign finance restrictions.

No vote- There would be no change to existing laws.


 

Notes-
  • This is a repeat of 1998 where Prop 226 (a largely similar measure) was defeated by CA voters. The same arguments apply today:
    • Unions are out-spent by the super-rich and corporations by at least 15:1
    • Unions are typically at ideological odds with the super-rich and corporations
    • Corporations typically do not have mandatory payroll deductions. Unions do.
So:
  • This law will largely only apply to unions. It will effectively silence them. Corporations, the wealthy, and PACs will still have unlimited abilities to make TV commercials, radio ads, print ads, and be heard as a result.
  • In a decision between corporations and unions, ask yourself: “Which one of these fought for the 40hr workweek, overtime, benefits, pensions, and other common worker rights of today? Which one of these two entities opposed all of these things?” Even if you’re not in a union, as part of the workforce you've benefited from their existence. A yes vote changes the unions’ status from underdog to annihilated.
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