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Hollywood Unions Cheer Defeat Of Prop 32

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 1:12pm PST

Entertainment industry unions today lauded the defeat of Proposition 32, the so-called “Paycheck Protection” initiative on California’s ballot. DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Professional Musicians Local 47, Teamsters Local 399 and IBEW Local 40 joined other labor unions in the state urging a “no” vote on the measure. If passed, 32 would have banned corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates and prohibited unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. The unions argued the ballot measure would have stifled the influence of organized labor and the voice of workers. IATSE issued a statement today praising the election result:

“I want to thank IA Vice Presidents Thom Davis and Mike Miller, the leadership and membership of our California locals for their tireless efforts to defeat this blatant attack on workers,” stated IATSE President Matthew Loeb. The Union continues to expand its profile on the political landscape and has been heavily involved in efforts throughout the US during this election season. “Wherever and whenever the interests of IATSE members are in jeopardy we will be there fighting” said Loeb.

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SAG-AFTRA Urges Members To Defeat Proposition 32

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 12:34am PDT

SAG-AFTRA is urging a “no” vote on California’s Proposition 32 on the November ballot. The so-called “Paycheck Protection” initiative would ban corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates and would prohibit unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Prop 32 supporters say the measure will change the way business is done in Sacramento.

In a statement on its website, SAG-AFTRA says Prop 32 is “a direct assault on unions and their ability to raise funds to participate in political campaigns and an attempt to silence the voices of workers across the state”. If passed, the measure “would effectively leave workers in the entertainment and media industry at the political mercy of anti-union corporate interests that will inevitably attempt to curtail important workplace protections”. You can read the full statement here.

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