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MEMBER BENEFIT: CREDIT COUNSELING AND DEBT MANAGEMENT

Through the AFT Plus Member Benefit program, a credit counseling program is available to help AFT members become debt-free, learn new money management skills and save for the future. This program, offered by the nation’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency, includes free financial counseling, budget analysis and advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and free financial planning tools and information. For more information, call 877/833-1745 or go online to http://www.unionplus.org/credit-counseling.cfm.

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SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP PRIVATIZATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY

AFT members are invited to sign an online petition opposing any efforts to privatize Social Security. The petition, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, will be submitted to your representative and senators in Congress, with a copy to President Bush. The AFT believes that the president’s Social Security privatization plan would devastate working families—while handing billions of dollars to rich Wall Street investment companies. Privatization plans to replace guaranteed benefits with risky private accounts would fatally undermine Social Security, cut benefits drastically, most likely raise workers’ retirement age—and saddle our children with $2 trillion in debt. To sign the petition, go to http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/ProtectSocialSecurity.

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Unionists Challenge Schwarzenegger During Fundraising Tour

Before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could fall into the warm embrace of his pharmaceutical industry friends at the upscale St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, he had to pass through a lunchtime picket line of angry union members. Two hundred labor activists, called up by the AFL-CIO, turned out for the protest—despite a freezing snow shower and 30-mph wind gusts—to chant “Hey hey, ho ho, Schwarzenegger has got to go.” The California governor was in D.C. this week on the third leg of a national fundraising tour. He is attempting to raise $50 million, mostly from corporate donors, to

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Update to “Attacks on our profession”

Many thanks to the strong AFT sisters Tina Fletcher, Yadira Rosas, Carmen Espinoza, Lou Carver, and Lou Ann Gibson for running the all male signature gatherers off the Mesa College Campus!  They said they were going to Wal-Mart instead! You too can do this, wherever you see these petitions, hand out our flier and dissuade people from signing.  The signature gatherers don’t get paid if they don’t get any signatures. Dont sign those petitions!

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Countering the Attacks on Our Profession

Colleagues, Yesterday while at Mesa College I encountered paid signature gatherers near the I-400 building collecting signatures from students for the initiatives that would take away our pensions, remove our voice from the political process, redistrict the state so allies of Schwarzenegger could more easily be elected to the legislature, and weaken tenure rights of teachers. It is appalling that this is happening on our own campus!  I understand that these paid signature gatherers are allowed to be on campus due to free speech requirements, however, we also have free speech rights, and we can–and indeed we must–dissuade our students

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WHAT’S BEHIND THE SCHWARZENEGGER REFORM AGENDA AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR US

by AFT Political Action VP Jim Miller “We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship” – Grover Norquist On February 10th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rolled into San Diego and staged a speech in an unused rental car lot where he mugged for the cameras in front of two Brinks trucks overflowing with money bags which he used as a graphic illustration of the “sweetheart pension deals” enjoyed by teachers and other state employees who deserved a plan that was no longer “gold plated.”  Welcome to special interest status.  Now

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