Letter: Prop. 32 not a good measure
As a state employee and a California citizen, I have a vested interest in Proposition 32. I am not a member of our union, Service Employees International Union 1000, as I am too politically out of alignment with their beliefs. I also do not like their using my money for political campaigns.
That is why I write a letter to them every year telling them not to use my funds for that purpose. I was excited that there was finally going to be a ballot measure making it the union's responsibility to seek political contributions from me, not the other way around.
Every year, union members/nonmembers have the month of June to opt out of those contributions.
However, in most cases, people are just too lazy or disinterested and do not do it. The letter has to be drafted with specific wording and sent to the appropriate address. It is just a pain.
Then, I read the text of Proposition 32. I do not listen to the television and radio ads. I prefer to read things myself. How disappointed I was.
It prohibits the employee from even having the choice to make those donations from their paycheck. It also prohibits corporations and unions from giving at all to political campaigns.
I do not agree with those restrictions. I can't vote for this one. I urge you to read the propositions for yourself and vote your conscience.