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Teachers and the California Election 98

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Pat Munce (pdmun)
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 00:01:29 -0800


Tomorrow is a very important day for all the teachers and students of
California. I hope you will all take time to vote.

Everything you do from the moment you walk into a classroom is governed by
politics. Your right to bargain for better wages is just one of them.
The California Teachers Association is 280,000 strong. Will our voices be
muffled? Your vote counts.

CTA wrote or sponsored most of the the legislation that has brought us the
high school, the community colleges, and the universities in this state.
Also your right to due process, a continuing contract, and your retirement
(STRS).

If 226 passes, it will be very effective in slowing us down to a crawl.
We will be trying to get 280,000 signatures every September from then on
for permission to spend part of your dues. (10 cents a month) That is just
our union. There are many other unions in California who will be doing the
same thing.

We could bury Sacramento in their copies alone in a very short time. But
first the "form" must be created and approved by the FPPC which is
appointed by our governor, Pete Wilson. He is not fond of us. Do you think
they will hurry to get this done? Neither do we. So much for the forests.
So much for fairness.

Notice all corporations do not have any restraints like this. It would be
"government intrusion." They can support candidates and initiatives any
way they like. No signatures from stockholders required each year. They
would have a fit if that was proposed.

I hope for our sakes, the children's, and the trees, I am wrong. Vote NO on 226.

Pat Munce