California Secret Ballot Amendment (2012)
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will not appear on a ballot
Text of measure
- "Amends state Constitution to eliminate employees' option to designate union representation by proving majority support to their employer. Would require formal secret ballot election for any designation of labor representation. Restates existing Constitutional guarantee of vote by secret ballot in elections for public office and upon an initiative or referendum. Adds that secret ballot is a fundamental right."
Summary of estimated fiscal impact:
(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)
- "Potential increased costs on state and local governments. These costs are not known, but probably would not be significant."
Tim Mooney, the national coordinator of "Save Our Secret Ballot", said that the motivation for the ballot measure is that "We think intimidation of voters is wrong, whether it comes from your boss or a union boss. With a secret ballot, you’re the boss."
Steve Smith, the communications director for the California State Labor Federation, said that the California proposal is about putting the issue in front of voters in order to divert union and Democratic resources that could otherwise be used in other campaigns: "The group has been pretty clear that this isn’t necessarily about changing the law. It’s about a media campaign to support an agenda against the Employee Free Choice Act. This is an attack on workers that we’re going to fight as hard as we can, and they know that."