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State of California November 8, 2005 Election
Proposition 75
Public Employee Union Dues. Restrictions on Political Contributions. Employee Consent Requirement
State of California

Initiative Statute - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,575,521 / 46.5% Yes votes ...... 4,106,481 / 53.5% No votes

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Results as of Nov 23 4:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (17726/17726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should public employee unions be required to obtain annual written consent from each member in order to use a portion of that member's dues for political activity?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Prohibits using public employee union dues for political contributions without individual employees' prior consent. Excludes contributions benefitting charities or employees. Requires unions to maintain and, upon request, report member political contributions to Fair Political Practices Commission.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Probably minor state and local government implementation costs, potentially offset in part by revenues from fines and/or fees.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
Public employee unions would be required to get annual, written consent from government employee union members and nonmembers to charge and use any dues or fees for political purposes.

A NO vote on this measure means:
Public employee unions could charge and use dues or fees for political purposes without annual, written consent. Fees from a nonmember of a union could not be spent on political purposes if the nonmember objects.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 75:
Proposition 75 protects public employee union members from having political contributions made from their dues without their annual permission. Currently public employee union members are forced to contribute their hard earned money to political candidates or issues they may oppose. Yes on Proposition 75 will make those contributions clearly voluntary.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 75:
Prop. 75 is unfair to teachers, nurses, police, and firefighters. It makes their labor unions play by different rules than big corporations. It's unnecessary. The U.S. Supreme Court says no public employee can be forced to join a union and contribute to politics. It's sponsored by corporations who oppose unions.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 75:
Californians for Paycheck Protection
1500 W. El Camino Ave. #113
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 786-8163

Contact AGAINST Proposition 75:
Shawnda Westly
The Strategy Group
35 S. Raymond Ave. #405
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 535-0710

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