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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Union Power in California

Previous posts have discussed the power of public employee unions.  Roll Call reports on a blacklist:
The California Labor Federation has issued a “Do Not Hire” list that includes six consultants who allegedly took part in creating direct mail that slammed two Democratic state lawmakers for supporting unions in their races against Democratic challengers.
“The following Democratic political consultants were involved in two campaigns in 2012 that directly attacked labor unions and caused damage to the labor movement,” read a statement on the CLF’s website posted earlier this month.
“In response to those actions, the Executive Council of the California Labor Federation approved a motion submitted by the California Professional Firefighters, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California to encourage all unions, labor councils, allies and candidates seeking our support to not hire these consultants until further notice.”
The same controversy prompted the break-up of the direct-mail firm Mack|Crounse Group last winter.
Back in 2009, a union official directly threatened California legislators: