Honor the labor movement, celebrate working men and women

posted Sep 4, 2012, 7:41 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Apr 22, 2013, 6:11 PM ]
 I hope you're enjoying this Labor Day weekend, when we honor the efforts of the labor movement and celebrate the contributions of working men and women. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank YOU for all the hard work you do every day on behalf of California's students.
Think about all we have accomplished together and how much more we need to do. This weekend, let's celebrate not only the proud history of the labor movement, but also its future. Our future.
Next year, CTA celebrates 150 years of advocacy. One hundred and fifty years! We have a long history of fighting for public education, human rights and equality.
  • In 1866, CTA's first legislative achievement established free public schools for all children in California.
  • In 1915, CTA led efforts to outlaw child labor and enact other legal protections for children.
  • And in 1975, the Legislature passed the CTA-sponsored Rodda Act giving K-14 employees the right to collectively bargain.
Those were certainly not easily won efforts, and this year we face another tough battle, but this time we're fighting for our very existence.
Prop. 32 claims to be "political reform," but in reality it was intentionally written to advantage corporate special interests and disadvantage working people. (Learn more.) The Super PAC billionaires are ecstatic about Prop. 32 because it will make their independent expenditures even more powerful. 
"SuperPAC Billionaire" made a video about his plans once Prop 32 passes - watch and share.
What you can do this weekend to stand with labor and get the word out:
1.    Attend a local Labor Day celebration.
2.    Sample Tweets:
3.    Facebook Share:
  • Use this profile picture or cover photo:  
  • Share SuperPAC Billionaire video
  • Sample Status:  This weekend, I'm celebrating Labor Day by honoring the working men and women of this state. I pledge to VOTE NO on Prop 32. [possible link: http://StopSpecialExemptions.org/PledgeToVoteNo]
  • Sample Status:  I'm a proud labor supporter! Workplace safety protections, child labor laws, 40-hour work week, establishment of a universal and free public education system - with each of these milestones, working men and women have been at the forefront of the fight to defend the middle class. Happy Labor Day!
4.    Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
Again, thank you for all you do and have a wonderful Labor Day.
Dean E. Vogel
CTA President
 
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