LOS ANGELES (AP) - After scalding defeats this year from Wisconsin to Indiana, organized labor held its ground in California.
Unions beat back the latest attempt to dilute their political clout by defeating Proposition 32 this week, with 56 percent voting against it.
In a sign of the stakes, labor groups and other Democratic interests funneled at least $75 million into their drive to defeat the initiative. It would have starved unions of the tens of millions of dollars they use to finance campaigns and political organizing.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had declared California a firewall after unions suffered setbacks elsewhere in the nation.
California has about 2.4 million union members, the vast majority of whom are in the public sector.