Friday, November 02, 2012

San Diego Taxpayers Association statement on Proposition 32 is patently false

It's Jim Groth v. Chris Cate in this video from KPBS.

From the interview (and article):

"Groth said union members can choose whether to belong to a union, and if they do belong, they can still opt out of political contributions."...

"Cate said it’s “patently false” that union members can choose whether to be in a union."

Surprise, surprise. Mr. Cate's statement is the one that's patently false.

Teachers don't have to join any union.

If they choose not to join, however, they pay a partial fee because they get salary increases and contract benefits along with all the teachers who pay union dues. This fee does NOT include the part of union dues that goes to political campaigns.

Also, teachers who DO join a union can opt out of fees that go to political efforts.

And, of course, corporations are allowed to use UNLIMITED amounts of money for political purposes thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. They don't need to ask permission from the workers who produce the profits. SuperPACs are also allowed unlimited political expenditures.

Prop 32: Pro, Con And Where The Money Is Coming From
October 29, 2012
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

...Jim Groth, a Chula Vista teacher and member of the board of directors of the Prop 32-opposing California Teachers Association, told KPBS corporations outspend unions 15-to-1 in political contributions.

“This is really an attack on the middle class, it’s an attack trying to silence to middle class,” Groth said. “It is putting corporate interests first.”

“This proposition is coming from millionaires and billionaires who have exempted themselves from this Proposition 32 so they can write the rules in Sacramento and they can continue with what they’re interested in,” he said... 'What they have to do is fill out within CTA (California Teachers Association), you fill out one form, one card, and that takes care of it,' he said...

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