California is facing an interesting election this November, as a series of initiatives from Gov. Arnold are up for a vote.
One of the most significant is Prop 75, which would defund the public-employees union political warchests by requiring that they obtain annual permission from union members to use a portion of their dues for political campaigns.
I’m pro-union (and certainly pro-working families), and also strongly pro- this initiative. The capture of state government by it’s employees – at the expense of those who it is supposed to serve – is one of the reasons California government is in the straits it is in…
Apparently, I’m not alone.
As labor critics seek to limit the use of union dues in California politics, one group is mostly steering clear of the Proposition 75 campaign: the workers whose rights the initiative claims to be championing.
Despite their entreaties, advocates for the initiative have been able to recruit only a handful of the state’s public employee union members to make appearances, give money or participate in campaign ads.
Out of more than 1 million union members who would be affected by the measure, only 181 have publicly endorsed it.
The absence of union members within the Campaign for Paycheck Protection is striking because its advocates say that one-third to one-half of union households favor the measure.
So it is important to defeat this proposition for the union members, or for the union leaders, and the political apparatus they are funding with the members’ money?