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Campaign support- $700,000 from the unions to Sbranti

Original post made by Registered Joe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 27, 2014

New information from the CA Secretary of State website. A new option, listing "Late expenditures affecting this candidate."

The total from these groups to well over $700,000, in just the past three months.

Most recent - $155,458 on May 5 to Tim Sbranti from the CA Teachers' Association (union) and CA State Council of Service Employees (union).

Who's funding whom? What are they getting in return?

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Posted by Sal
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Oh the horror! Tim gets his money from unions that fight on behalf of working Americans. When local politicians take gobs of money from shady developers, no one raises a peep, but God forbid a politician get a dime from a group that fights for liveable wages. I guess I should expect this stuff considering many Pleasantonians fight harder for a second Walmart than they do a parcel tax for our public schools.

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on May 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Sal, these are not private sector unions. There are the public sector, government employee unions.

I had to burst out laughing that you think the public employee unions are fighting for liveable wages. If these public employee unions were instead representing employees in the private sector, all of those companies would be out of business and all of their jobs gone. With the public employees, they are just insuring that we have to pay higher taxes, get lower quality service, and at the same time the debt for benefits keeps going up so our kids and grand-kids will be paying for the services being rendered today.

Unions only work when there is competition. The government has a monopoly so there are no checks and balances.

With Sbranti, or people like him who have tremendous financial support from the public employee unions, the employees are now represented by the unions and the elected officials, and the taxpayers essentially have nobody representing them. Think if this as a scale with 100 pounds on one side and 1 pound on the other. It is so out of balance.

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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on May 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

Recently the Pleasanton Weekly endorsed Sbranti, however they glossed over the facts about how he has blindly supported unions and their unreasonable demands, and as a result has been rewarded with huge union monetary support. If one doubts that Sbranti is "owned" by the unions, just take a look on the California Secretary of State website and look at the contributions to his campaign. Now we see that even more union monies are flowing to his campaign. Sbranti opposes any transparency on any public-sector collective bargaining, but at the same time opposes any reduction of future pension accruals in which local governments clearly are not able to afford. The BART fiasco only highlighted the fact that steps need to be taken to rein in the ability of BART workers to strike. However Sbranti supports the misguided belief that BART strikes are acceptable and it's alright to bring the entire bay area economy to a halt. If we truly want a sensible representative, we should make a choice between Baker and Glazer, two candidates that have expressed their desire to rein in the unreasonable power wielded by the BART unions

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