August 23, 2012
CTA Campaign Update for Leaders
Labor Day is just around the corner and it happens to be a great opportunity to remind our local communities of all the great achievements of the working men and women who make California and America great. Over the years, labor unions have led the fight in advancing the rights of all working people. The 40-hour work week, workplace safety protections, child labor laws, establishment of a universal and free public education system -- with each of these milestones, working men and women have been at the forefront of the fight to defend the middle class.
But this Labor Day, the future of workers’ ability to stand up to the powerful corporations, billionaires and big banks that want to erode our rights is under threat. Prop 32, the Special Exemptions Act, was written to limit the voice of working men and women and create special exemptions for corporate special interests, giving the wealthy and well-connected even more political power to write their own set of rules. It would essentially silence our voices and keep us from advocating for our students, just like we’ve been doing for nearly 150 years.
So I encourage you to take a look at our Labor Day No on Prop. 32 Toolkit for ideas on how to spread the word that Prop. 32 is not what it seems.
Dean E. Vogel
Here’s what you can do this week: Talk to at least one family member, friend or co-worker about the importance of voting No on Prop. 32. Check out our tips on starting workplace conversations in the members-only 2012 Campaign Toolkit of our website. It’s easier than you think.
Media highlights of the week:
Proposition 32: A fraud to end all frauds, Los Angeles Times
California’s Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids, The Hill
Editorial: Schools saved only by passing Prop. 30, Long Beach Gazette
Teachers join Governor Brown to support Prop. 30, the Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act, in Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.
Listen to our Radio Ads: Have you heard CTA’s No on 32 radio ads? They’re hard to miss since they are running all over the state for a total of three weeks, in English and Spanish
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