President Vogel Issues Call to Action Against Dangerous Ballot Measure
Declaring that “we have right and truth on our side,” CTA President Dean Vogel asked State Council delegates to help defeat the Special Exemptions Act launched to silence our political voice — and to fight to pass the governor’s November tax measure to avoid billions in immediate new cuts to education.
Feeling the urgency of the CTA campaign, Council delegates took the unprecedented step of canceling their regular Oct. 20-21 session in Los Angeles to repurpose that weekend. Instead, the nearly 800 delegates will mobilize in their communities and make a huge difference late in the campaign at the local level.
Read Vogel’s full Council speech or watch short video highlights.
The Special Exemptions Act on the November ballot is the misleading scheme by wealthy, anti-union forces to silence the political voice of all CTA members and of all unions across the state. Disguised as reform, it’s a corporate power grab that prevents educators from using their collective voice to protect students, improve schools and colleges, and enhance the teaching profession. Get the facts you need.
Council delegates received a special briefing in small groups on this measure, and learned how new resources are available on the revamped CTA Campaign 2012 website page.
Vogel urged all CTA members to spend the summer warning their communities about this attack. “Let parents, friends and neighbors know that if they take away our ability to advocate for their students, they are taking away the chance at a better tomorrow for all of us,” he said. “Use our voice to say: We are CTA and we will not be silenced!”
He also called for support for the governor’s Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, thanking delegates for helping CTA and labor and community groups turn in more than 300,000 signatures earlier this year to qualify the measure. It temporarily taxes the wealthy to generate about $9 billion annually for schools and communities. If it fails, public schools face nearly $6 billion in new cuts.
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