By Daniel M. Curtin, Director, California Conference of Carpenters


Exactly what does this country stand for? We are in the midst of a national debate about this country’s future. Regardless of where you stand in this debate, it is being played out in elections around the nation. While every election has consequences, particularly Presidential elections, this November 6 may be one of the most important elections in modern history, especially for a non-Presidential election.

Both houses of the US Congress are controlled by Republicans and our President is Republican. Love him or hate him, Trump has seen little resistance for most of his agenda during the first two years of his term.

This year, the entire U.S. Congress and 1/3 of the US Senate will be facing the electorate. If one House, or both Houses, change from Republican to Democrat, this President will face far more resistance to his agenda. If there is no change, the President will continue to have relatively smooth sailing on his agenda, regardless of how divisive it may appear to many. The future of our country is too important to let other people decide. Every vote will count in this debate.

And once again, your job may very well be determined at the ballot box. There are two ballot propositions that may cost you, or get you, a job.


First, vote NO on Prop 6. Proposition 6 will cancel more than $50 billion in desperately needed transportation improvements. In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act which began the construction of a web of highways connecting all parts of our nation because he recognized that the economy, every citizen, and even our national defense needs required “a safe and adequate highway system.”

Virtually every President, Democrat and Republican, including our current President, has supported funding highway construction and maintenance through a “user fee” on fuel. It is clear today, that California’s roadways need extensive maintenance, repair and upgrade first and foremost for safety of the driving public.

Bad roads cause accidents and costs lives. Bad roads cause extensive, unnecessary car and truck damage. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that driving on them costs each driver $844 per year in vehicle repairs. More than 6,500 projects and tens of thousands of construction jobs will be lost in the next 10 years if Prop 6 passes. VOTE NO ON PROP 6.


Vote No on Prop 10. California needs to build more housing. Proposition 10 will do just the opposite. The state’s non-partisan Legislative Analysts Office (LAO), which has no dog in the fight, hit the nail on the head saying passage of Prop 10 will reduce the number of apartments and homes available for rental and will result in a housing freeze – which is the last thing California needs right now. This state, and our members, need to build more housing. Rent restrictions in Prop 10 will chase away housing developers and discourage new housing construction. We need more housing and to protect our jobs. VOTE NO ON PROP 10.