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We just checked in with Lorena Gonzalez, the political director for the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council. She gave us a tidbit about her group’s efforts in the opposing Proposition C, the mayor’s outsourcing measure that has caught flak from the local unions.

She said her organization, which serves as the area’s political umbrella group for AFL-CIO unions, have been in contact with 20,000 of its members in the city of San Diego in the last two weeks. About 85 percent of them have outright said that they are against the proposition, she said.

Gonzalez said that 85-percent ratio surpasses the labor council tally from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s propositions last year. The governor’s proposals fell statewide after heavy opposition by unions from up and down the coast, but passed wholesale in San Diego County.

She also said that defeating the proposition topped the labor group’s priorities in the city of San Diego, even more than the statewide candidates, such as governor, or ballot measures.

The labor council has helped bankroll several television ads with other unions against the measure after labor’s opposition appeared nearly non-existent just a month ago.

“In two weeks, we have at least made an impact,” she said.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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