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.