Imagine, if you will, a well-educated, well-accomplished, unapologetic free-market billionaire capitalist willing to invest his time, energy, and money in helping curb corruption in California...
Meet Tim Draper, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist and a proponent of the type of entrepreneurial spirit that moves the world into the future. With a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Draper is smart, focused, and civic-minded. Ready to take on political corruption in California by creating and endorsing a constitutional amendment to eliminate public employee unions in California. If enough signatures are gathered, the initiative will appear on November 8, 2022.
Public employee unions have legitimized political corruption and created the circumstances that are rapidly pushing California toward insolvency. Eliminating those sweetheart contracts between the State of California and the unions who have hand-picked and supported corrupt politicians who allegedly represent their constituency. Eliminating contract provisions making it nearly impossible to reduce the size of a bloated government bureaucracy and to fire incompetent employees, even those who have committed illegal acts. Ensuring that the best state employees earn no more than incompetent employees with the same level of seniority. Guaranteeing these same incompetent employees lifetime benefits, including medical coverage, paid by the taxpayer long after the employee takes early retirement with special contractual provisions that skew actuarial calculations. Not to mention outrageous overtime compensation that appears to be artificially created and inflated.
Public employee unions that ensure government-funded projects will be substandard, over-budget, and delivered late. Public employee unions that support billion-dollar union make-work projects like California’s alleged high-speed rail, which is not high speed, goes nowhere, will never be cost-effective, and will never provide real value to the majority of California residents unless the progressive communist Democrats who control California’s government ban personal transportation and mandate the use of public transit.
Public employee unions that believe your hard-earned money is theirs to spend, primarily to buy political influence with the special interests who fund their campaigns, run the political machinery, and get out the vote that ensures their cushy positions, perks, and privileges. Unions who believe they can kill competing programs like charter schools that would improve our failing educational system that creates functional illiterates no matter the funding level. Unions that ignore parental rights and allow life-threatening medical procedures to be performed on our children without parental knowledge or consent. Making parents responsible for bills that cannot be substantiated or negotiated because of state secrecy requirements.
Public employee unions that demand defined benefit pensions rather than the defined contribution pensions that exist in the private sector.
There is no doubt in my mind that public employee unions have turned toxic and that employee rights can be adequately protected by scores of employment attorneys eager to sue the State of California.
The proposed initiative, still subject to modification, would amend Article VII of the state constitution by adding …
Initiative #20-0008 filed on August 9, 2021, by Timothy Draper
INITIATIVE MEASURE TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE VOTERS
SECTION 1. STATEMENT OF FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF PURPOSE
(a) Most public employees are protected in their jobs under California's civil service law. Civil service laws protect public employees by ensuring that hiring and promotion is based on merit. Such laws also provide public employees important due process protections in connection with suspension and termination. These laws do not apply to employment in the private sector.
(b) After the Legislature authorized collective bargaining by public employee unions, public employment costs have exploded, including taxpayer funded pensions and lifetime health benefits not enjoyed by employees in the private sector. Worse yet, some public employee unions have used their money and power to protect bad employees engaged in unspeakable misconduct and others who have completely failed at their jobs.
(c) Therefore, the people hereby amend their Constitution to put an end to this abuse and financial catastrophe.
SECTION 2. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Sec. 1.5(a) No public employee shall have the right to form, join, or participate in the activities of a public employee labor organization for the purpose of representing said employees on matters of employer-employee relations.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Public employee” means any employee of the State and any of its political subdivisions including, but not limited to, counties, cities, charter counties, charter cities, charter city and counties, school districts, the University of California, special districts, boards, commissions, and agencies of the State or any political subdivision.
(2) “Public employee labor organization” means an organization of any kind, or any agency, employee representation committee, or plan in which public employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employer-employee relations, including, but not limited to, wages, rates of pay, benefits, hours of employment, grievances, labor disputes, or conditions of work.
(c) The Legislature or the legislative body employing a public employee may provide a severance payment, not to exceed 12 months of employee pay, to any public employee who desires to terminate their employment within 90 days of the enactment of this section.
SECTION 3. GENERAL PROVISIONS
(a) If any provision of this section, or any part thereof, is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions shall not be affected, but shall remain in full force and effect, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable.
(b) This section is not intended to interfere or extinguish any memorandum of understanding or collective bargaining agreement between a public employee organization and an employer existing at the time of the enactment of this section. Upon enactment of this section, no new, extended, or amended memorandum of understanding or collective bargaining agreement shall be valid or enforceable. <Source>
To qualify this Amendment initiative for the November 8, 2022 ballot, 997,139 valid signatures are required 131 days before the general election. (Estimated Date: June 30, 2022). Because political signature verifications shenanigans may occur, the signatures need to be filed early to permit protests and other legal actions.
It used to be said that public employees received better future benefits for accepting current pay below that available in the private sector. This has not been true for decades.
It is unlikely that any ballot measure will cure political corruption because of dark-money political action committees and other clever legal ploys. But it will certainly reduce operational costs of government, improve efficiencies, and curtail the mandatory stream of cash that funds the Democrat Party with their increasing progressive communist authoritarian government agenda.
Prepare for major union pushback with overwhelming funding from all of the national unions. Another windfall for the media in economic distress.
Let us all wish Tim Draper well as we await further details of his ballot initiative.
Until then, Californians are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell