November 8, 2012
Unions Win Big on Ballot Measures
On election night, unions won key ballot measure battles, Matthew Cunningham-Cook reports for the Nation:
- California voters approved Prop 30, a measure to raise $6 billion for education. The passage of Prop 30 is a repudiation of Prop 13, the notorious 1978 ballot measure that starved the California school system for decades.
- Californians rejected Prop 32, which would have limited the ability of unions to participate in politics.
- Idaho voters rejected a series of ballot measures that would have eliminated teacher tenure, established “merit pay,” and required all Idaho secondary students to take two for-profit online courses in order to graduate.
- In Oregon, unions mobilized to help defeat a ballot measure that would have eliminated the inheritance tax.
- Alabamians defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that could have eliminated the state’s guarantee of a free public education for all students.
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