Prop. 32, Opposed by Guilds, Appears Defeated

No on Prop 32 Rally SAg AFTRA Members - P 2012

No on Prop 32 Rally SAg AFTRA Members - P 2012

Hollywood unions and guilds were part of the victorious coalition.

Capping a night in which the election results pleased most Hollywood union leaders, California Proposition 32 – which would have restricted union speech – appears to have been defeated. With 76 percent of precincts reporting, the tally was 44.7 percent Yes to 55.3 percent No at about 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, meaning the measure was trailing by 10.6 percent.

The Los Angeles Times results page includes a check mark next to the No tally.

The Bay Area was overwhelmingly against the measure, by margins of 40 percent in several counties. In Los Angeles, where entertainment unions and guilds were part of an anti-32 coalition organized by the LA County Federation of Labor, the margin of defeat was a solid 25 percent.

In contrast, the measure was favored in the Inland Empire and San Diego, but by margins of 5 percent or less, and more strongly in Orange County (a 13 percent margin).

The proposition would have restricted the ability of unions and corporations to use deductions from employee wages in order to influence voters for or against any measure. Opponents called this apparent even-handedness deceptive, since companies don’t fund their political advocacy by payroll deductions, whereas unions do.

The DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Professional Musicians Local 47 (of the American Federation of Musicians), Teamsters Local 399, and IBEW Local 40 all came out against Prop. 32. The WGA issued no statement on the matter.

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