6/11/12, "Unions fire Internet blast at California ballot measure," Sac. Bee, The State Worker blog
"The organized labor coalition fighting a November ballot measure that would end payroll-deducted money for political spending -- the channel through which unions raise funds to play in politics -- has launched a new video blasting the proposal.
The unions' message attacks the measure as an unfair idea that would put new limits on the influence of organizations that speak up for working people while exempting self-interested elites.
As we mentioned in our Sunday story on the battle ahead over the proposition, look for labor to continue connecting the words like "exempt" and "Wall Street" to tar the measure. Backers, meanwhile, will continue to insist that it's an even-handed proposal that would limit influence by both unions and corporations because it bans both sides from making direct contributions to candidates.
The measure does nothing to limit independent expenditure spending. Since unions raise political money through payroll deductions of their members and corporations spend money donated by executives or taken from company funds, the proposition would hit organized labor harder."
Commenter to this article at Free Republic:
"The unions' message attacks the measure as an unfair idea that would put new limits on the influence of organizations that speak up for working people while exempting self-interested elites.
Well it just so happens that SCOTUS ruled in Communications Workers v. Beck that individuals cannot be coerced into making political contributions by their unions. Unfortunately, the worker has to request that the union discontinue collecting that part of their dues, which too often bears certain, uh, "repercussions.""