Stop Deceitful Attack on Labor & Working Families from Qualifying for Ballot

Resolution Number 11-07.29

Whereas, study after study has shown that the biggest factor to a thriving middle class is a strong organized labor movement, able to fight for workplace safety, living wages, health-care and other benefits and other policies that help not only their workers, but every Californian, and

Whereas, the electorate of California has rejected previous attempts at Paycheck Deception, such as Prop 226 in 1998 and Prop 75 in 2005, and the California Democratic Party opposed both of these ballot measures, but at a cost of vital money and other resources that could have instead supported Democratic candidates or other policies, and

Whereas, a new Paycheck Deception effort has been started called the "Stop Special Interest Money Now Act," deceptively couched to portray itself as a effort to equally rein in corporate and union political contributions, but in reality would only tie the hands of organized labor through restrictions that have never been proposed before, such as a total ban on payroll deductions even if the member gives written consent;

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the California Democratic Party reaffirms its opposition to Paycheck Deception, whether by ballot or legislation, as it has consistently opposed all attempts to limit the legitimate impact of organized labor and specifically urges all Democrats to reject divisive attacks that would divert our vital resources at this critical election time and stop all efforts to bring such divisive proposals to the ballot, and

Be It Further Resolved, that the California Democratic Party requests its members to not sign any petition or signature gathering form that establishes a plan to attack labor and working families which would interfere with the right of labor unions and their members to determine for themselves how they will participate in the political process. 

Sponsored by Chairman John Burton and the California Labor Federation


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011





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