I am a union member and would love for this measure to pass. As a rank and file member there is very little accountability of the union leadership to the rank and file. An interesting case in point was in early 2008 when my union due almost doubled. The reason given was that it was to support political efforts on a national and local level. There was no discussion about the amount of dues increase, and the only discussion was how to implement it. I was curious on how and for what political movements my dues being spent and repeatedly asked our shop stewards and local council for this information. I was essentially blown off.
My only recourse was to opt out of the "political" contribution which amounted to about 25% of my dues. Since the dues just went up 80%, my conclusion is that despite the opt out I am still contributing to political actions.
Measure 64 would give me the union member, much more ability to demand an open process by giving me the option to withhold dues until inquiries are answered. Right now I have no options. I find it offensive that all the commercials against 64, which are paid for by my dues, totally officiate the issues and tries to mislead the public by making it a matter of public safety.
Thanks for your attention
posted 4 years, 6 months ago
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