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Urgent Alert and Information on the November 2nd Election

posted Sep 1, 2010, 5:06 PM by Erik Pearson   [ updated Sep 1, 2010, 5:11 PM ]
The November 2nd election is critical for our members’ economic security and the future of public education in our state.  We urge ALL members to play an active role in this campaign.

Here are the top priority items for BFT and our members in this election:


#1 – We must pass Proposition 25, the “Budget On Time Act”, and end the deadlock in Sacramento.  Prop 25 would change the requirement for adopting a state budget to a simple majority vote. This would mean that a minority of Republican legislators could NO longer hold the state budget hostage every year in exchange for corporate tax loopholes and attacks on worker rights.

#2 – We must pass the maintenance parcel tax renewal and construction bond, Measures H and I, on the ballot in Berkeley. The parcel tax brings in $5 million per year. Without this vital revenue the District will likely cut general fund expenditures to fund maintenance, which may very well mean cutting teacher jobs.  Bond funds are sorely needed for many projects, including the completion of the South of Bancroft project at BHS.

#3 – We must elect Jerry Brown as Governor. Jerry Brown created collective bargaining for teachers and believes in government as a vital part of civilized society. “Wall Street Whitman” will slash public service jobs and workers’ rights, and will impose education reform with no collaboration with teachers and their Unions.

#4 – We must elect incumbent Karen Hemphill, and newcomers Leah Wilson and Josh Daniels to the School Board. These three candidates are endorsed by BFT and it’s critical that we play a strong role in electing them. The School Board elected in November will be the Board that ratifies our next contract. For more information on these candidates please go to the BFT web site: berkeleyfederationofteachers.org.

How Can You Help?

  • We will be leafleting at elementary Back-to-School Nights on September 23rd and September 30th for 45 minutes (probably 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.). These are fabulous events to educate voters!
  • We will have phone banking at the BFT office every Monday in October from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner and easy-to-use scripts are provided.
  • We will be precinct walking on Saturday, October 2nd. Please join us!
  • Please email bft4tchr@lmi.net if you can help with any of the above.