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first_imgThe reason to vote for Proposition 75 on the November 8 ballot is simple: California cannot afford to continue letting public-employee unions dictate state policy by buying off legislators with hefty campaign donations. Proposition 75 would require that public-employee unions get the permission of their members before spending dues money on politics, and that would force the unions to start spending money more responsibly. It would also deliver a measure of fairness to union members who are often compelled to finance causes they don’t support. The evidence that public-employee unions wield too much influence over state government – as they do at Los Angeles City Hall – is overwhelming. It’s why the cost of public services continues to skyrocket, even though the quality diminishes. And it’s why unrealistic pension deals threaten to bankrupt government agencies throughout California. The purpose of collective bargaining is to leverage the power of labor to extract concessions from management, resulting in a give and take that benefits everyone, and that right is protected by Proposition 75. But that’s not how it works in California now, where unions simply flex their political might to get whatever they want. It’s a take-and-take system that benefits only a small few at the expense of most of the state’s residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Worse yet, it often happens against union members’ wishes. In theory, public employees can already opt out of spending union-dues money to fund political processes. But in reality, coercion or bureaucratic trickery can deny workers this right. Proposition 75 would correct that, giving union members the ultimate say over how their money is spent. That, in turn, would result in unions getting less money to spend on politics, or at least having to spend money politically in ways that more reflect the will of their members. The unchecked influence of public-employee unions in Sacramento would at last be checked – by unions’ own members, no less – bringing sanity to an out-of-control system. While union bosses complain that Proposition 75 would “silence” them, they have nothing to fear as long as they spend their members’ money in accordance with their members’ wishes. Moreover, Proposition 75 would not affect how unions collect or spend dues money for legitimate union activity, such as collective bargaining. The measure only covers political spending. In this respect, Proposition 75 is a matter of simple fairness. When it comes to politics, public-employee unions are a member-driven interest group no different from countless others, be it the AARP, the NRA or MoveOn.org. None of these groups can take money directly from its members’ paychecks – they have to earn their contributions. It’s only fair that public-employee unions play by the same rules as everyone else. And it’s only reasonable that the voters of California do something – by voting yes on Proposition 75 – to correct the imbalance of power in Sacramento. DAILY NEWS SPECIAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE: . Proposition 73, parental notification for minors obtaining abortions: Yes Proposition 74, teacher-tenure reform: Yes Proposition 75: public-employee union dues: Yes Proposition 78, voluntary prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 79, mandatory prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 80, energy regulation: No LAUSD Measure Y, school bond: No 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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