voteThe California Labor Federation, representing 2.1 million union workers across the state, announced endorsements in State Assembly, Senate and congressional races for the November 2016 general election at California Labor’s Biennial Convention in Oakland in July 2016.

In the race for US Senate, the Labor Federation delegates voted to endorse Kamala Harris, noting her support of working people on issues including combatting wage theft, protecting homeowners, standing up to the big banks and calling for trade deals that safeguard good jobs.

Delegates endorsed Proposition 55, an important measure to fund vital services including schools, and Proposition 56, which taxes tobacco to increase funding for health care services. Delegates voted to oppose Proposition 53, a deceptive measure that makes it more difficult to rebuild the state’s crumbling infrastructure and could cost California good jobs.

Endorsements are determined through a democratic process by which delegates to the California Labor Federation vote to support candidates and ballot measures.

2016 Local Labor Councils Endorsements & Volunteer Opportunities

Local labor councils worked with union members in their region to endorse candidates and local measures on the 2016 November Ballot. Find your local labor council below to see how to vote Union Strong in your region and how you can get involved in the 2016 General Election

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2016 General Election Endorsements

Find out where California Labor stands on the November 2016 ballot measures and candidate races.

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Proposition 51: Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure. Want to learn more? Read “Repair our rundown schools: YES on Prop 51” by Rachel Warino in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: Voters authorize the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to fund the improvement and construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.

A NO vote on this measure means: The state will not issue any bonds to fund the improvement and construction of school facilities.

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Proposition 52: State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure.

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A YES vote on this measure means: The Hospital Quality Assurance Fee used to offset General Fund costs for Medi-Cal health care services and to draw down federal Medi-Cal funds would be made permanent and it would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to end or amend the fee.

A NO vote on this measure means:  No change would be made to the Hospital Quality Assurance Fee which would sunset in 2017 unless reauthorized by the Legislature.

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Proposition 53: Revenue Bonds. Statewide Voter Approval. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

The California Labor Federation does not support this measure and recommends a NO Vote. Want to learn more? Read “A Threat to Our Economy, Union Jobs and Emergency Response System: Vote NO on Proposition 53!” by Cesar Diaz in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: A new requirement of voter approval would be imposed before the state could issue more than $2 billion in public infrastructure revenue bonds.

A NO vote on this measure means: The state could continue to issue revenue bonds with a dedicated revenue stream without voter approval.

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Proposition 54: Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

 

The California Labor Federation does not support this measure. Want to learn more? Eric C Bauman discusses how Proposition 54 is not what it seems in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: The Legislature may not consider any legislation unless it is in print for 72 hours.  Individuals can audio and video tape legislative proceedings and use for legitimate purposes.

A NO vote on this measure means: The Legislature can continue to follow the rules in place for considering legislation.  Legislative proceedings may not be used for political or commercial purposes.

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Proposition 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Constitutional Amendment.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure. Want to learn more? Steve Smith discusses how “Prop 55 Prevents School Cuts, Keeps California Moving in Right Direction” in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: The temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 will be extended for twelve years and revenue  will be allocated to K-12 schools, community colleges and healthcare services.

A NO vote on this measure means: The temporary sales and personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 will not be extended and both will expire by 2018.

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Proposition 56: Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure. Want to learn more? Jernetta Backus, a respiratory therapist, discusses how “Frontline Workers Are Tackling Big Tobacco With Prop 56” in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: The tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products including e-cigarettes in California will increase by $2 a pack and revenues will be allocated as specified.

A NO vote on this measure means: There will be no increase in the current state tax on cigarettes.

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Proposition 57: Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure. Want to learn more? Read Dr. Steven Pitt’s “Vote YES on Prop 57 to Reform our Broken Criminal Justice System” in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote would authorize parole consideration for people with non-violent convictions who complete the full sentence for their primary offense, incentivize people in prison to complete rehabilitation and education programs, and allow judges, instead of prosecutors, decide if juveniles should be tried as adults. 

A NO vote would make no change to California’s sentencing or parole laws.

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Proposition 58: California Education for a Global Economy. Initiative Statute.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure.  Want to learn more? Lydia D’Angelo discusses how “Prop 58 Prepares CA Kids for a Global Economy” in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: Some provisions of Proposition 227 will be repealed, thus effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction. 

A NO vote on this measure means: Proposition 227 will remain in effect, maintaining the prohibition of non-English languages from being used in public schools. 

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Proposition 59: Campaign Finance: Voter Instruction. Legislative Advisory Question.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure. Want to learn more? Read Derek Cressman’s “Yes on Prop 59: Make Congress Accountable” in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: The California Secretary of State would be required to communicate to the US Congress the results of the Advisory Measure.

A NO vote on this measure means: No action would be taken by the Secretary of State.

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Proposition 60: Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Initiative Statute.

The California Labor Federation does not take a stance on this measure.

A YES vote on this measure means: Adult film performers would be required to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse, producers would be required to pay for testing and examinations, and the state, performers, or any state resident could sue to enforce these provisions. 

A NO vote on this measure means: Adult film performers would not be required to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse.  Current CalOSHA health and safety regulations and Measure B would remain in effect.

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Proposition 61: State Prescription Drug Purchases, Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.

The California Labor Federation does not take a stance on this measure.

A YES vote on this measure means: State agencies and entities that purchase drugs on behalf of the state would pay no more than the prices the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs.

A NO vote on this measure means: No change would be made to the prescription drug purchasing of state agencies.

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Proposition 62: Death Penalty. Initiative Statute. Maximum penalty Life Without Parole

The California Labor Federation supports this measure. Want to learn more? Read Jim Gonzalez’s “Vote YES on Prop 62 to End the Death Penalty” in California Labor’s 2016 Top Props Series. Check it out here.

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A YES vote on this measure means: The state would repeal the death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death.

A NO vote on this measure means: The state could still impose the death penalty as the maximum punishment.

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Proposition 63: Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Initiative Statute.

The California Labor Federation does not take a stance on this measure.

A YES vote on this measure means: The state would prohibit the possession of large capacity ammunition magazines and would require most individuals to pass a background check and obtain authorization from the Department of Justice to purchase ammunition.

A NO vote on this measure means: No change would be made to current state gun and ammunition control laws.

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Proposition 64: Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

The California Labor Federation does not take a stance on this measure.

A YES vote on this measure means: Marijuana would be legalized in California, with a state structure of licensing, regulation, and taxation. 

A NO vote on this measure means: Marijuana would remain illegal in California.  Medical marijuana, established under Proposition 215 and statute, would remain legal.

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Proposition 65: Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Initiative Statute.

The California Labor Federation does not take a stance on this measure.

A YES vote on this measure means: Voters would redirect money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by grocery or other retail stores to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board. Revenue would be used for specific categories of environmental projects. If this measure received more votes than the referendum to repeal the plastic bag ban, then this measure would prevail.

A NO vote on this measure means: Money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by grocery or other retail stores would not be redirected from the purposes specified in current law.

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Proposition 66: Death Penalty Procedures. Removes Legal Protection.

The California Labor Federation does not support this measure.

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A YES vote on this measure means: State law would be changed to expedite death penalty appeals and executions, Death Row inmates could be housed in non-Death Row prisons and required to work and pay restitution to victims.

A NO vote on this measure means: Current law governing Death Row inmates and the death penalty will remain unchanged.

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Proposition 67: Referendum to Overturn Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. Veto Referendum.

The California Labor Federation supports this measure.

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A YES vote on this measure means: Voters would uphold or ratify the contested legislation, SB 270, banning plastic bags that was enacted by the California State Legislature and signed by the Governor.

A NO vote on this measure means: Voters would overturn SB 270 and the current ban on plastic bags.

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June 2016 Primary Endorsements – Vote June 7th!

The California Labor Federation and local labor councils have announced Labor’s endorsements for state and federal races and the ballot measure for the June primary election.

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2014 General Election Endorsements

Find out where California Labor stands on the November 2014 ballot measures and candidate races.

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2014 Primary Endorsements

The California Labor Federation and local labor councils have announced Labor’s endorsements for state and federal races and ballot measures for the June primary election.

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2012 Primary Endorsements

The California Labor Federation and local labor councils have announced Labor’s endorsements for local, state and federal races and ballot measures for the June primary election.

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November 2012 Endorsements

Find out where California Labor stands on the November 2012 ballot measures and candidate races.

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June 2012 Local Endorsements by Region

View California Labor’s June 2012 primary endorsements for the races in your area.

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November 2010 Endorsements by Region

View Labor’s local and state-wide endorsements for the November 2010 races in your area.

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November 2010 Endorsements

Check out Labor’s November 2010 endorsements for Governor, Statewide Constitutional Offices, State Senate, State Assembly, U.S. Congress, Local Races and Ballot Measures.

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