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Proposition 32 doesn’t take away the voice of middle-class

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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 am

What does Proposition 32 really say?

Section 1. E: For these reasons, and in order to curb actual corruption and the appearance of corruption of our government by corporate and labor union contributions, the people of the State of California hereby enact the Stop Special Interest Money Now Act in order to: Ban both corporate and labor union contributions to candidates; Prohibit government contractors from contributing money to government officials who award them contracts; Prohibit corporations and labor unions from collecting political funds from employees and union members using the inherently coercive means of payroll deductions; and Make all employee political contributions by any other means strictly voluntary, www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vig-public-display/110612-general-election/prop-32/prop-32-text.pdf.

Jeff Johnson ("Proposition 32 will silence middle-class Californians," published Sept. 19) should read and study the text of Proposition 32. Please show me in the text where the proposition will prohibit all unions from using payroll deductions to collect regular dues or negatively affect their having a voice in working conditions, safety and education of our children.

As for exempting LLC's, the bill's stated definition of a corporation: Section II, (a) "Corporation" means every corporation organized under the laws of the state, any other state of the United States, or the District of Columbia, or under an act of the Congress of the United States, www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vig-public-display/110612-general-election/prop-32/prop-32-text.pdf.

The public employees unions are going all-out to preserve their incestuous relationship with the Democratic Party to whom they give around 90 percent of the contributions they extract from forced payroll deductions of their members. As of Sept. 18, contributions to the "NO" campaign were $35.7 million dollars. Of this amount, 66 percent of the contributions came from education unions and the SEIU. CTA led the pack — $16,095.825.

The airwaves are full of union-sponsored ads voicing the same misconceptions as Johnson. How many of the Lodi teachers feel it is immoral to extract forced dues to pay for political positions they don't support? Remember Prop. 8 when Lodi teachers signed a Letter to the Editor disagreeing with the union position. Yet their union assessed them $60 a year for three years to pay for union support of gay marriage.

Phyllis Roche

Lodi

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