L.A. Labor’s upcoming Delegates’ Congress is set for September 20th. This will be the largest coming together of L.A. Labor since 2008 when we committed to do all we could to elect Barack Obama as President. Four years later, we have an even bigger fight on our hands here in California — Defeating Proposition 32: Stop the Special Exemptions Act. This is our Wisconsin, but it’s even worse. If passed, Proposition 32 will silence the labor movement in California and stop our ability to defend and advance workers’ rights, protections and laws.
While it claims to be about “stopping special interests” the measure actually gives special exemptions to corporate special interests and Super PACs. The millionaire backers misleadingly call it “The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act,” claiming it would rein in campaign contributions by both unions and corporations. In fact, the deceptive wording of the initiative specifically limits the voice of union members like our local teachers and nurses and the firefighters and police that keep us safe.
Here’s what leading newspapers say about the deceptive measure:
“…dripping with cynicism” – Sacramento Bee
“…a phony veneer of fairness…one-sided and biased” – Long Beach Press Telegram
“…would harm their union opponents more than it would harm business interests” – OC Register
“…would just expand unaccountable independent expenditure committees, the super-PACs” –LA Times
[reposted from the California Federation of Labor]
Defeating Prop. 32 is L.A. Labor’s top priority for the 2012 Election. Our Delegates’ Congress on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 will be entirely devoted to defeating this attack. Every affiliate union of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is encouraged to participate in the 2012 Delegates’ Congress. Please check with your union to make sure you are represented.
WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
If you have questions or for more information, contact Glen Arnodo at 213-381-5611 ext. 126.