Want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and his corporate cronies flip-flop faster than John Kerry at a gay marriage rally? Want to know what is REALLY behind Prop. 75?
What is good for the goose is good for the gander, right? If the Governator thinks Prop. 75 is such a good idea for unions, ask him whether he supports applying the same principle to corporations, too. Proposition 75, at its core, is designed to hurt the clout of the unions and strengthen the corporate hand, so Arnold and his supporters are hypocrites who will not back this proposal, even though it is the fair thing to do.
Prop. 75 wants to impose internal requirements on the unions to take majority votes of their members before they take political action. Contentious matters internal to the union will become expensive, time consuming, and wasteful. The unions will be hamstrung, frozen in place, and unable to act –when that is precisely what they need to do in certain scenarios.
Whether Prop. 75 passes or fails, the best answer is to begin an all out push in California to impose the same requirement on corporations that Schwarzenegger and his corporate cronies are now trying to push onto unions.
It is time to take dirty money out of California politics. There is no disconnect between union activities and the best interests of its members that requires majority votes every time the union wants to act. There is a simple solution. If union members don’t like what the union is doing and don’t think the union is acting in their best interest, they are free to leave the union and join up with any employer they want. They are free to join Wal-Mart if they feel that is who will look out for their best interests.
The real problem in California is the influence of corporations, not the strength of the unions. There is a real disconnect between corporate interests and the interests of the people of California. Imagine this, a large multi-national corporation throws millions of dollars into a political campaign to abolish personal bankruptcy for Californians who have hit on hard times — not caring that most of the bankruptcies are caused by catastrophic illness and a lack of affordable healthcare. At the very same time the very same company is pumping millions of dollars into political campaigns designed to weaken the health care for California’s workers.
Do you think the shareholders of that corporation (a large portion of which is made up of union members) should be able to take a vote too, before the company uses their money to fund a campaign designed to harm their interests? Unions are already working to qualify an initiative that would bar corporations from making political donations without prior shareholder approval. As major corporate shareholders, union pension funds could use that power to blunt the political influence of big business in California. Turnabout is fair play.
There is no problem between the interests of union members and leaders that requires a multi-million dollar ballot fight to interfere with the freedom of the union. There is a HUGE problem with corporate money, unchecked, being used to promote politics that hurts ordinary Californians. When these corporations are owned by shareholders and union members you are darn right these corporations should be required to receive approval from their members before throwing millions into harmful political campaigns.
I wont hold my breath waiting for Arnold to do what is right and fair. Luckily the unions aren’t waiting either but are already starting to take action.