Should Labor Unions Lose Paycheck Deductions for Political Spending? (Poll)

Proposition 32 on the November ballot seeks to cripple the labor movement, critics argue. Supporters say it's a necessary check on the power of "special interests" in California. How are these arguments playing in Napa? Let us know.

Whether a union represents you or not, your vote will help decide a November ballot measure that is keeping labor leaders up at night.

Proposition 32, according to its advocates, “stops special interests from taking political deductions from employee paychecks to guarantee every dollar given for politics is strictly voluntary.”  

But critics say: “This measure says it prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. It says it also applies to corporations, so it sounds balanced. But 99 percent of California corporations don’t use payroll deductions for political giving; they would still be allowed to use their profits to influence elections.”  

Which argument influences you? How would passage of Prop. 32 affect Napa workers?

Take our non-scientific poll and let us know how Napa views Prop. 32. We don't yet have mobile polling, but mobile users are still welcome to comment below.

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robert walker September 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I'm a union member but I don't have a choice for payroll deduction, just there's. Suppose I want to give to ABC candidate through payroll deduction I can't. That's not fair.
Mark Mathews September 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Unless it involves a woman's right to kill her unborn child, no working class stiff apparently has THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE, in this case, weather or not their hard earned monies to towards vile, repugnant socialist union bosses without We The Working People having a say. Nice. Way to go post-1968 democrats, way to go. Real Fairness. Real Openness. Real "Choice." Throwing working class under the bus, as usual. YES on 32.
Darcelle Pollastrini September 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The payroll deduction is your union dues and your union should be using your dues to support candidates and/or ballot measures that support your profession.
John Richards September 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
We don't usually support candidates on the basis of just one criterion. If a candidate supports my profession but has contrary views on all my other issues, then I don't want to support that candidate. But the union won't give me a choice on that.
Darcelle Pollastrini September 06, 2012 at 03:32 AM
But you do have a choice in that you can spend your money (just not your union dues) in supporting anyone or any issue that you wish. You may also vote anyway you wish, not necessarily what the union recommends.


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