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Unions Behaving Badly - Massing against Steve Glazer

Original post made by Registered Joe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2014

Steve Glazer is running for the local State Assembly seat. One central plank in his platform is his effort to ban BART strikes, in the same way that police and firefighters are banned from striking. Out of all the politicians that were involved either by comment, or by inaction, during the 2013 series of BART strikes, Steve Glazer was the only one that went on record against the strike. This is a tough thing to do in union-heavy California, where the numerous public and private unions and politicians are thick as thieves.

Not surprisingly, the unions are pooling their resources and have thus far contributed $200,000 to Steve Glazer's opponent, Tim Sbranti of Dublin. Say what you want about Steve Glazer, but Tim Sbranti is a bad choice. Tim has a three-fer going for him. One, more so than most politicians, he's in the unions' pocket. Two, he was the chairman of the California Teachers' Association Political Action Committee. Three, he favors big development - take a look at all the housing on the north side of Dublin next time you're on 580. So much for open space and controlled growth.

Where do you think the unions get their cash to spend? It comes from mandatory union dues, which are paid by union members, who in turn are paid by you and I. So when you spend your $11.90 for a round-trip on BART to San Francisco, part of that money is being spent for political campaigns and union agendas that are too often contrary to what you or I would choose for ourselves, if we had a choice.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

I think $11.90 is quite reasonable. It's why I take BART instead of drive in with my car. My vote will go to Sbranti.


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Posted by daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

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Posted by union member
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

I am a union member and I will NOT vote for Sbranti. Unions are needed when safety issues would otherwise be overlooked. They are needed when management would take unlawful action against employees and require excessive work hours under unsafe conditions. My employer would do all of this in the name of profits for senior management and I am happy to pay my union dues.

I think that Sbranti goes too far in his blind support of all unions and his refusal to make any effort at transparency. The Bart strikes were a fine example of why the general public, me included, feels abused by some unions.

It is well past the time when employees, union members or not, pay a fair portion of their medical insurance costs, their pensions costs and are expected to show up for work each and every day. Any employee that has so much impact on public safety -- cops, firefighters, bart workers -- should not be allowed to strike without benefit of having tried every single option, including mediation and arbitration. The public pays too high a price for these people to get away with those actions. When the taxpayer pays the salary, the employee owes the taxpayer a full day of work for their full day of pay.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

I think Sbranti's positions on the issues are commendable, and I think he's done an outstanding job as Mayor of Dublin - a city that is leaving cow-town Pleasanton in its dust. Go Tim!


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Posted by daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Apparently Joe feels that opposing transparency in public-sector collective bargaining, supporting BART workers' ability to strike and bringing the Bay Area to a grinding halt,all with opposing reduction of future pension benefit accruals that local governments clearly cannot afford are commendable! The position Sbranti is running for is not for Mayor of Dublin, but rather a position/job that supposedly impacts more than just the residents of Dublin. Regardless of his performance as Mayor of Dublin, his views regarding BART are not conducive to responsible fiscal policy.


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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I was not sure who I was going to vote for in the Assembly race but did some searching online. If you want to see how much in bed Sbranti is with the public employee unions, you need to look no further than the California Secretary of State website and look at the contributions to his campaign.

First there is the "independent" committee called: SBRANTI FOR ASSEMBLY 2014, SPONSORED BY THE CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND CALIFORNIA STATE COUNCIL OF SERVICE EMPLOYEES. The CTA and other public employee unions have invested in over $850,000 to Sbranti's campaign just in this committee. At least the title of this committee is correct in that the CTA and CSCSE are sponsoring Sbranti for Assembly. Plus the huge donations from these public employee unions directly to Sbranti's campaign.

With Sbranti in office, the unions win and the people lose.


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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Yup, Politician Sbranti is the typical CA Dem, owned totally by the unions!! Screw the people/taxpayers! We, the people of Ca, are never going to pull out of the mess these Self-interested people have created. Voters...develop a brain and a spine!!!!
I'm voting for Catharine Baker, a good, honest, female desperately needed, which is why the Valley/Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group has endorsed her over the 3 Dem men. She would be a breath of fresh air to offer some common sense, in the Dem majority that would still have a lock on Sacto and Ca.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:29 am

All these uniformly fetishistic union haters. Golly! Never realized there were so many monikers allowed for one poster.

Claiming BART workers, public school teachers, or other public workers are the cause of a city's woes is just a bit too simpleminded. That's like saying slavery failed in the south because slaves ate too much. Thankfully, the majority in California knows better than this simpleminded poster who uses many names. That's why we're a largely Democratic state. Sbranti looks pretty good. He has a good record and has done many good things for city of Dublin.


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Posted by daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 30, 2014 at 8:51 am

Typical response from the likes of "Joe". When he can't refute the facts about Sbranti being "owned" by the unions, has to resort to childish remarks like "Never realized there were so many monikers allowed for one poster."
Sbranti opposition to a reduction of future pension benefit accruals that local governments clearly cannot afford is not the only cause of a city's woes, however it is a significant part. To attempt to minimize the reality of that is the same as sticking one's head in the sand and thinking all is well.


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Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

There's another thread here on the PW dealing with Toyota moving out of SoCal to Texas. It's a business decision - the cost of doing business here in CA simply became too high. Here in the Bay Area we've seen similar effects; for example, Intel built its new chip plants outside of CA. Each of those plants was a $5 billion investment that went somewhere else.

The high cost of doing business in CA is a direct result of the political climate, which is strongly influenced by the various labor unions in the state.

Sbranti looks attractive in the short-term. He's certainly encouraged development - lots and lots of development - which has increased Dublin's population and tax base. But as a longer-term part of the California politician/union collusion, he will only continue the practices that are driving businesses away from out state.


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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

Joe, as you are a spokesperson for the unions, you will not get this.

The way things should work is the people are in charge of their government and the representatives represent the people. The representatives are then the boss of the government workers. I thought I heard somewhere "we the people".

When the unions control the representatives, there is no balance. The government workers will ALWAYS win as they have a representative on both sides of the table (union and elected representative who was paid for by the unions). If there is any hatred towards the unions, it is the unions that have caused this by creating an unlevel playing field by buying the politicians.

There is too much money in politics now. I think the only way to fix this situation now is to have all workers contracts be approved by the voters instead of their 'representative'. The taxpayers do not have a representative anymore. The elected representatives now represent the public employee unions and the workers. Another solution is to consider it a conflict of interest to vote on a matter which directly affects those who have contributed a certain amount of money (or percentage) to your campaign). What we have today is legalized bribery. "We will give you a lot of money, and the money will continue, if you support us."

Follow the money...


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Posted by Larry
a resident of Livermore
on May 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I'm a republican, and i'm going to vote for Democrat Steve Glazer. Finally a sane politician has surfaced. As I saw the hate building up in the unions, I knew Steve had to be good.


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Posted by Morton Wilding
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I was a Republican until I began reading the smear tactics on this and other posts of so-called Republicans. I can no longer bear it. My conscience demands I create a distance from these gutter posters who only know how to smear and play the race card. Shame. I will be voting for Sbranti only because I fear the other candidates are appealing to the kinds of sickness amply demonstrated on this thread and others.


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Posted by daveg
a resident of Birdland
on May 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

What smear tactics on this post are you referring to? If suggesting that you look at the California Secretary of State website and look at the contributions to his campaign or note why the Valley/Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group has identified they would not support/recommend Sbranti is somehow a smear tactic, then I guess you are right. However, lets hope that others make up their minds based upon the facts, rather than voting for somebody because you just don't like the accurate remarks made about them.


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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2014 at 1:26 am

Larry,, you are certainly no Republican or you would be voting for Catharine Baker...if you were informed. The 'SUPER" majority must be end...a plain old 'majority' would be bad enough. You don't have to contribute to Dems SUPER majority..NO Repub would do that. All informed voters know how much, how long, and how seriously the Valley Times has been fighting the unions, and they ENDORSED Catharine Baker last week. A vote for Catharine would fight the union lock and Dem Super majority at the same time.
And Morton, you have never been a Republican. I do agree some tea partiers are a bit scary. But you are a pure 'union' guy if you're voting for Sbranti!!!! no doubt about it.


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