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Propostion 32 will silence middle-class Californians

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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:00 am

In a letter to the editor on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Phyllis Roche attacks the California Teachers Association and other labor unions as leading problems in California politics. In her letter she states that Proposition 32 would "deal with how the beast is fed."

In reality, Proposition 32 will do nothing to reform California politics, but will open the door for super-PACs and the uber-wealthy to rewrite California politics to suit themselves while completely silencing middle-class Californians from having any voice in decisions that affect their working conditions, safety and education of our children.

Propostion 32 will prohibit all unions from using payroll deductions to collect dues, as well as using any dues for political action. The irony of this is that corporations do not use employee payroll deductions to fund political action, they use their profits. Already, corporations outspend unions 15 to 1!

Sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Orange County (the same people who brought the Citizens United lawsuit creating Super PACs to the Supreme Court), Proposition 32 exempts oil companies, and other Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs). "... That would just expand unaccountable independent expenditure committees, the super-PACs." — Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, April 26.

Proposition 32 is completely unfair — it eliminates a constitutional right to free speech for most middle-class Californians in a thinly veiled attempt at political reform which exempts the biggest contributors of campaign finance.

Labor unions stand up for the middle class, and always have. Your local firefighters, teachers, police officers, nurses, city, county and state workers have long fought for rights that benefit us all. Proposition 32 takes away the ability of these everyday heroes to speak out on issues that matter to us all — like cuts to our schools and colleges, police and fire response times, workplace safety, consumer protections, homeowner rights and unfair corporate tax giveaways.

Proposition 32 is unrealistic and unfair. We urge you to vote "No" on Proposition 32!

Jeff Johnston

President

Lodi Education Association

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