Posted on June 11, 2014 by dcampbell1
A victory for the corporate “reformers” in the decision of the court in Vergara v California
by Duane Campbell
California judge Rolf Treu ruled Tuesday in the Vergara v.California case that California teacher tenure laws deprive students of their right to an education that is guaranteed under the state constitution and violates their civil rights. The decision is a major defeat for teachers’ unions and will presumably lead to challenges of tenure laws in other states. The ruling overturned five state statutes giving California teachers firing protections and rights to tenure and seniority.
The implementation of the ruling has been stayed while under appeal.
The Sacramento Bee editorial board and Bee columnists Marcos Breton and Dan Walters, along with their candidate Marc Tucker each applaud the court ruling. Note what they say in their columns. They applaud this defeat of the Teachers Unions, they do not deal with the critical issue of adequate school funding. June 11.
What do the sides agree upon?
It is clear that many students in California receive a substandard education and that failing schools are concentrated in poor and minority neighborhoods. The judge cites the long history of successful law suites Serrano V. Priest I, II. III, and more that mandated changes in state funding to provide equal funding. There is also general agreement that teacher quality is a significant factor in improving education. Continue reading
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Posted on April 1, 2014 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
Cesar Chavez at the Delano UFW rally. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On Monday, as Californians celebrated Cesar Chavez Day the Real News Network has recorded an excellent two interviews with persons presently engaged in farmworker organizing. Both had worked with Chavez-
Marc Grossman and Rosalinda Guillen. They give current testimony to conditions in the fields, the role of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, and two different views of the issues of immigration reform. Guillen describes the current largely indigenous labor force in the fields
I encourage all friends of labor to inform themselves and these important struggles.
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Labor History, Low wage workers, Politics | Tagged: California, California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, cesarchavez, Chavez, Farmworker, Marc Grossman, United Farm Workers, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 23, 2013 by dcampbell1
The Paucity of Dan Walters’ Commentary on School Issues
The column by Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee entitled “California’s School Wars Heat Up” in the print edition for Dec.20, and entitled “Powerful Factions Go to War Over Direction of California Schools,” http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/20/6015661/dan-walters-powerful-factions.html in the on line version seriously and deliberatively misinforms. Walters’s columns are reprinted in newspapers throughout the state.
He frames the conflict between the School Establishment ( school administrators, elected officials, teachers’ unions] vs. the “School Reformers”. These are indeed two of the powerful factions competing in the California State Capitol, but not at all the complete story.
To understand the distortion lets see who these “reformers “ see the Democracy and Education Institute https://sites.google.com/site/democracyandeducationorg
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Posted on August 12, 2013 by dcampbell1
This immigration reform is not good enough – Pico of California.
by Duane Campbell
At a mass meeting and send-off of pilgrims, hosted by Pico of California, with Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto , Pico youth leaders Cecilia Munoz and Noemi Hernandez declared, “this Immigration reform is not good enough “ at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sacramento on Aug.11, 2013.
The meeting in the packed church hall was a send off event for eleven pilgrims to begin a 285 mile walk through California’s Central Valley, the vegetable heart land of U.S. agriculture. – a pilgrimage toward citizenship. The walk begins on Monday Aug. 11. Religious and human rights activists are also preparing to go to Modesto to join with the pilgrims as they walk neighborhoods to bring pressure on Central Valley Congressmen who have not yet supported comprehensive immigration reform. The 285 mile walk will conclude in 22 days at the Bakersfield office of Cong. Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip in the House. McCarthy is not usually counted among the Tea Party Congress persons. The Bakersfield area district has a 35% Latino population and 22.8 % of the voters in the 2010 election were Latino. Continue reading
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Solidarity, Youth | Tagged: California, immigration reform, Kevin McCarthy, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Pico, Senate, United States, United States Senate | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 25, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
The Yes on 30 campaign won higher taxes for rich Californians, winning 55 percent to 45 percent. Even though polling showed that people were willing to vote for higher taxes on the rich, the governor kept talking about “shared sacrifice.” Photo: Steve Rhodes.
“There is no alternative to austerity,” insist the rich, along with their politicians, foundations, think tanks, and media.
They’ve been saying it for decades. “Taxes are bad,” they also claim. “Government doesn’t work. And public employees are greedy.”
Consequently, common wisdom had it that “you can’t raise taxes.” Even people who should have known better believed this—while the public sector slid down the tubes.
So how did Proposition 30 succeed? This measure, passed by voters last November, raises $6 billion a year for schools and services—in California, a supposedly “anti-tax” state. The money comes mostly through an income tax hike on rich people, along with a tiny sales tax increase of ¼ percent.
The story should be better known, because with the right preparation, you could make it happen in your state, too.
Filed under: Economy, Politics | Tagged: austerity, California, Courage Campaign, Jerry Brown, MIllionaires Tax, progressive taxation, Proposition 30 | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 2, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
When Californians go to the polls on November 6, they’ll be asked to vote yes or no on Proposition 32, also known as the “Stop Special Interest Money Now Act.” Sounds like democracy in action, right? But The Nation’s Peter Dreier says the name belies the true intent of this bill.
“It’s a fraud,” Dreier says to Laura Flanders in a digital-only conversation on BillMoyers.com. “It’s really a corporate power grab being called campaign finance reform…. And it’s an attempt to put labor unions in a straightjacket.”
“They did this very purposefully to allow billionaire right wingers and insurance companies and hedge funds to continue to fund their causes in California. And if this wins in California, this will have ripple effects throughout the whole country.”
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Posted on October 18, 2012 by dcampbell1
By Duane Campbell
Many in labor believe that California Proposition 32 would be a near fatal blow to the California labor movement.
On the grounds that “special interests have too much power over government,” conservative attorneys wrote California Proposition 32 to ban direct contributions to California candidates by corporations and labor unions. It prohibits the collection of “political funds” from corporate employees and union members via payroll deduction, even if the employee or member voluntarily approves. Political funds include money spent for or against a candidate or ballot measure or for a party or political action committee, or PAC.
The proposition prohibits corporations and unions from using payroll deductions for political purposes, but of course corporations don’t use payroll deductions; they use their profits. So, corporate donations would not be banned. Only unions would be affected by this ban. It is a political bait and switch. The proposition pretends to ban political contributions from both corporations and labor, and then they exempted the corporations.
If Proposition 32 passes, unions would lose much of their ability to organize and to fight back in politics. Learn more at http://www.stopspecialexemptions.org Continue reading
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Posted on October 9, 2012 by dcampbell1
The historic visit of Barack Obama to La Paz and the dedication of the Cesar Chavez Monument as a national historic site is important.
The video is here. http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/2012/10/president-obama-creates-monument-to.html
Filed under: Conferences and Events, Immigrant Workers, Labor History, Politics, Video | Tagged: Barack Obama, California, Cesar Chavez, La Paz, President, United Farm Workers, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 5, 2012 by dcampbell1
On October 8th, 2012, President Obama will travel to Keene, California to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument. Years in the making, the monument – which will be designated under the Antiquities Act – will be established on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz. The La Paz property is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights icon César Estrada Chávez and the farm worker movement. The site served as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) as well as the home and workplace of César Chávez and his family from the early 1970’s until Chávez’ death in 1993, and includes his grave site which will also be part of the monument.
“César Chávez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” said President Obama. “La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation’s history, and by designating it a national monument, Chávez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come.” Continue reading
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