The city’s firefighter and police unions are squaring off against a familiar face in the Proposition C election, when voters will decide whether private companies should be allowed to compete with city employees for municipal work.

The San Diego Police Officers Association and City Firefighters Local 145 are actively working to defeat the measure.

However, Councilman Kevin Faulconer has debated in support of Proposition C and has signed the ballot argument in favor of the proposal, choosing to side with Mayor Jerry Sanders on the issue over the two unions.

Both employee groups also endorsed Faulconer during the District 2 campaign that ended in January and spent handsome sums to help his election chances.

The San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council is also lined up against Faulconer in the Proposition C election. However, the group, which serves as the regional arm for the AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for local unions such as the firefighters, endorsed Lorena Gonzalez. The labor council recently hired Gonzalez as its political director.


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