California Proposition 32 prohibits unions, corporations and the state government from making automatic deductions from employees’ wages for political purposes, but includes an exemption for donations to super PACs. While this measure will impact how both businesses and unions donate to political campaigns, opponents of the bill say it will disproportionately affect unions, since businesses rarely raise money for political purposes through paycheck deductions. The super PAC exemption also gives the heads of corporations a way around the measure. The proposition is largely supported by anti-tax activists, business executives and Republican donors — among them, Charles Munger, Jr., who is also taking on California Gov. Jerry Brown over how to fund public education.
In Michigan, Proposal 2 would make collective bargaining a constitutional right for all public- and private-sector workers, and Proposal 4 would specifically protect the collective bargaining rights of home health care providers.