California Secret Ballot Amendment (2012)
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State and Local
Spending & Finance
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A letter requesting a title and summary for the proposed initiative was signed by Alek Bohigian, and was received by the Attorney General of California's office on March 18, 2011.
Text of measure
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.)
Tim Mooney, the national coordinator of "Save Our Secret Ballot," expressed the motivation for the ballot measure by saying, "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."
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Capitol Weekly, "Niello’s isn't the only initiative of concern for unions, Democrats," May 26, 2011