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Unions campaign against Proposition 32

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012

Doug Radonich stands beside his truck that is emblazoned with "No on Proposition 32" signage during an education campaign outside the S. Martinelli plant on West Beach Street Monday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — Mario Flores was in front of S. Martinelli & Co. on East Beach Street Monday, hoping to educate as many people as possible about a California ballot proposition that he called a “job killer” that would weaken worker unions statewide.

Flores belongs to Teamsters Local 439, which is one of hundreds of unions around California organizing against Proposition 32, upon which voters will decide in November.

The group of Teamsters has been on the road for three weeks, traveling throughout the Teamsters Joint Council 7 region to speak with nearly 100,000 members and to encourage them to vote in the November election. They have also registered some 25,000 people to vote.

Also called the “Paycheck Protection Initiative,” Proposition 32 is funded by corporate interests such as the oil industry, insurance companies and David and Charles Koch, the wealthy conservative brothers who have spent millions of dollars to fund conservative causes and candidates.

“This is going to affect working people,” said Teamsters spokeswoman Karen Praujo. “It’s the most anti-worker measure we’ve seen in a long time.”

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