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David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement today regarding the attempt by the governor of Wisconsin to eliminate collective bargaining rights:
“The California Teachers Association today stands with our colleagues and public employees in Wisconsin whose collective bargaining rights are under attack by Gov. Scott Walker. He is scapegoating working families for state budget problems that they didn’t create. This fight is about far more than cutting salaries and benefits of dedicated public servants. It is a cynical attempt to undermine the rights of teachers and public sector workers to have a say in their profession, and it affects all of us. The ability of teachers to collectively bargain their contracts has resulted not only in improved working conditions, but in improved learning conditions for students as well, in terms of class sizes, safety, and school environment. The tactics demonstrated by the governor are nothing less than an attack on all working families and will further erode America’s middle class. We appeal to the Wisconsin state Legislature to vote down this negative and unwarranted proposal.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.