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Yes on Proposition 15: Why Passing this Crucial Ballot Measure Is Our Top Priority this November 3rd and What You Can Do to Help

Over the last couple of years, AFT 1931 members have heard a lot about the effort to get the Schools and Communities First measure on the ballot in California this November 3rd.  Indeed, AFT Local 1931 members and students from the San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Districts led the way and collected more signatures to get what is now Proposition 15 on the ballot than any other local in the state.  While we should be proud of our efforts, much work remains to be done. Background ...

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California Democrats Need to Do the Right Thing, Call a Special Session on Revenue, and Tax the Über Rich to Avoid Catastrophic Cuts to Education and Vital Social Services

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent economic collapse along with the national uprising against police brutality and systemic racism have cast a glaring light on the nature of American inequality on the healthcare, criminal justice, and economic fronts.  It has never been clearer that as most Americans struggle, the elite thrive.  As a Forbes piece put it back in April, “Billionaires are Getting Richer During the COVID-19 Pandemic While Most Americans Suffer”: According to the Institute for Policy ...

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AFT 1931 Resolution Supporting Progressive Tax Bills in the 2020 Legislative Session

Whereas, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the wealth inequality that has existed in the State of California by not only forcing millions of Californians into the unemployment line, but also allowing the ultra-wealthy to collect pandemic profits in the stock market rebound; and Whereas, 14.9% of Californians are currently unemployed, with a majority of job loss in low-paying industries and employment for Black and Latina women fell over 20%; and Whereas, California faces an eviction tsunami ...

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Labor Day in the Midst of a National Crisis: Dreaming of a Just Recovery

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, but how many of us have any idea where the holiday came from or what it celebrates?  The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City and was proposed by the Central Labor Union (CLU) at a time when American workers were struggling for basic rights such as the eight-hour day. The CLU moved the “workingman’s holiday” to the first Monday in September in 1883 and urged other unions to celebrate the date as well.  The movement g ...

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The American Federation of Teachers Lays Out a Bold Vision of a Just Recovery with a Green New Deal

What should post COVID-19 crisis America look like? This summer your national union, the American Federation of Teachers, was thinking big at its biennial convention in late July.  Clearly, the activist spirit sweeping the country was in the (virtual) air.  Building on some of the work we have done here in San Diego along with others in our statewide union, the national AFT followed the lead of California and passed both a resolution endorsing the Green New Deal and a wide ranging call to move b ...

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AFT 1931 Stands Committed to Fight for Racial Justice on Our Campuses and in Our Community

In the immediate aftermath of the George Floyd murder, we shared the National AFT and CFT statements of outrage and solidarity with the protests against police brutality.  We are pleased that the statewide body of which we are a part has clearly stood with the Black Lives Matter movement and is committed to not just speak out against individual acts of police brutality, but also to address systemic racism by dismantling “the structures that uphold anti-Black racism in our schools and communities ...

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The War on the Public Sector is On and We are in the Crosshairs

The battle is on in earnest. Recently, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said it out loud: drop dead blue states—and public sector workers in particularly.  More specifically, McConnell took a strong stand against providing any more financial relief to devastated states and local governments in the midst of a pandemic that has caused the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Instead, the Senate leader suggested, states should just consider bankruptcy. In a moment of remarkab ...

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