Austin CLC May 2021 Endorsements

Austin Central Labor Council Union AFL-CIO Endorsements

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City of Austin Propositions

YES on Prop A

Support the Austin Firefighters Association and require binding arbitration when there is a deadlock in contract negotiations with the City of Austin

NO on Prop B
Oppose the criminalization of poverty. This Proposition would reinstate a camping ban, make it illegal to sit or lie down in many public spaces and make panhandling illegal in many areas. Homelessness is a blight on our community, but criminal penalties are not a solution. Until our community provides a living wage, universal healthcare (including mental health services) and affordable housing for everyone who seeks it, we oppose efforts to penalize those with the misfortune of not being able to afford a home.

YES on Prop C
Support allowing the City Council to change how the Director of Police Oversight is appointed or removed. This proposition doesn't make a specific path for the appointment of the Director, but instead gives flexibility in the City Charter for the City Council to offer different ways of managing the Office.

NO on Prop F
Oppose changing our city to a 'strong mayor' form of government. This proposition would consolidate power within the office of one elected official at the direct expense of democratically elected members of Austin City Council who represent distinct districts. We are unconvinced that a strong mayor, armed with newly gained powers over the Council, is somehow better positioned to be sensitive and responsive to the nuanced challenges faced by residents in individual districts than the current system affords.

NO on Props D, E, G, H
Oppose changes presented by a disingenuous campaign, so-called "Austinites for Progressive Reform (APR)". There is nothing "progressive" about these proposals, except for claims that they have the potential to increase voter turnout and engagement. While we support that goal, progressive ideals are achieved only when voters share values and are moved to the polls by those values. Using electoral policy as a gimmick is not progressive. These technocratic changes may have the residual effect of increasing election turnout, but they also have other impacts that voters should seriously consider. Furthermore, the APR campaign continues to use these items as a misdirection from the power grab that is Prop F, what the Austin Chronicle called "the biggest conceivable change that could be made to the city's constitution", going further to call their haste "fundamentally unserious and insufficient". APR continues to misrepresent the position of unions and mislead voters about the role unions played in their behind-closed-doors process, and we refuse to support such a dishonest campaign.