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Paycheck Deception Makes It Onto California Ballot

The Sacramento Bee reported last night that the so-called Paycheck Protection proposal will be on the California ballot in 2012:

A proposed initiative to block unions and corporations from using automatic payroll deductions for political purposes has made the cut to go in front of voters next November, the secretary of state announced today.. The measure, backed by GOP groups, also bans labor unions, corporations and, in some cases, contractors doing business with state government, from making contributions to candidate-controlled committees.

Proponents of the measure reported spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to collect more than 900,000 voter signatures in support of the proposal. The office of Secretary of State Debra Bowen said today said that a validity check conducted by county election officials projected that at least 630,000 of those were valid- well over the 504,760 voter signatures needed to secure a spot on the ballot.

Opponents of these types of laws, namely unions, call them “paycheck deception” since they inhibit the collection of union dues. The automatic deduction process is necessary to ensure full and fluid dues delivery. Without it, effective dues collections is essentially impossible.

This same battle has been fought in several states this year, including Kansas and Arizona. The next step will be for both sides to clearly convey their position to the voters who will ultimately decide the fate of union dues in one of the largest states in the country.


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