While we in California don’t face the immediate elimination of collective bargaining for public sector unions, the budget deficit threatens to decimate education, health care and vital government services. That’s why the CFT, through our Fight for California’s Future campaign, has developed a long-term effort to restore the state’s commitment to a quality education for all children. A crucial part of that campaign is coalition building.
On Saturday March 26 we have an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin as well as demand a budget that protects education and other services. We will also call for the corporations and the rich to pay their fair share of the taxes that support our public sector.
We are asking all members in the Southland to participate in this multi-union march and rally. It begins at 10 am at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and then moves to Pershing Square (click here for more details). A huge turnout by the education community will send a powerful message that teachers, classified workers, students and parents are united in demanding full funding for our schools and an end to the divisive anti-teacher, anti-public employee rhetoric being spewed by the right wing. It will also spread the growing awareness that our society faces a crisis that can only be solved by returning to the fair tax policies that were once in place, in California and the nation.
If you would like to take part in this march, please click here and provide us with your contact information. We will be arranging some type of group transportation for the trip up to Los Angeles.