Proposed Initiative Would Bar Public Sector Collective Bargaining

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, has submitted a ballot initiative that would prohibit collective bargaining for public sector employees in California. Specifically, the initiative would amend the California Constitution to provide that:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, neither the State nor any of its political subdivisions shall contract with a public employee labor organization or otherwise collectively bargain with a public employee labor organization on employer-employee relation matters

According to a post from Draper, “Union bosses donate to politicians. Politicians set union salaries and benefits. This can lead to favoritism, or even corruption. Government unions are anathema to being a free country.” Instead of collective bargaining, Draper’s initiative would allow the State Personnel Board to set salaries and benefits for all state employees. The initiative is silent on what would happen to other public employees. Presumably, salaries and benefits for other public employees would be set by the public employers.

The initiative has been submitted to the Attorney General for preparation of the circulating title and summary. Once that is complete, signature gathering can begin. Draper will need to gather 997,139 signatures to get the initiative onto the November 2022 ballot.

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