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Robert Reich: Why "Right to Work" is Wrong for Workers

ERFT/ERUSD 2016/2017 Tentative Agreement

All you need is love and a union

Prop 55: Help our children thrive

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains the truth behind so-called "Right to Work" laws and how they hurt working families.

ERFT/ERUSD 2016/2017 Tentative Agreement
A review of the 2016/2017 Tentative Agreement between the El Rancho Federation of Teachers and the El Rancho Unified School District. This tentative agreement must be voted on by the membership.

New teachers often have questions about their union: why should I join? What does the union do? What does it stand for? This ten minute video, produced by the CFT, addresses these questions and more through the experiences of veteran teachers.

Four CFT members hurt by the Great Recession describe their experiences prior to passage of Prop 30 in 2012, and detail how their situations, and that of their students, improved after that ballot measure was passed. Also appearing are school principals, State Senator Loni Hancock, Governor Jerry Brown, former Governor Schwarzenegger, and state budget expert Chris Hoene. Together they clearly lay out the urgent case for passing Prop 55 this November to extend Prop 30 for twelve years.

A Brief History of California Labor

May is Labor History Month. Signed into law as AB 2269 (Swanson) in 2012 by Governor Brown, its purpose is to encourage schools β€œto commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.”

A brief history of California labor, in honor of Labor Day 2015, with thanks to Billy Bragg.

The Need to Renew Prop 30

In 2012 the California electorate voted for Proposition 30, which began to restore funding to public education after years of budget cuts, during which nearly 30,000 teachers and 10,000 classified employees were laid off and programs to help students were decimated. Prop 30 required the wealthy to pay three tiers of 1, 2, and 3% more in state income taxes, and everyone to pay 1/4 of one percent more in sales taxes. Together these new taxes have stopped the bleeding in public education. But Prop 30 is a temporary tax; the sales tax disappears after 2016, and the tax on the wealthy in 2019. This video demonstrates how Prop 30 has helped to put California back on the road to providing a quality public education to every student, and the need to renew its progressive tax on the wealthy.