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    Archive for September, 2012
    Central Florida Earned Sick Days

    Despite well over 50,000 voter signatures AND multiple court orders, Orange County is refusing to put the Earned Sick Time initiative on the ballot in November…….. but this is far from over!

    We have a planning meeting this weekend, Saturday the 22nd, from 10-2 @ the Progressive Center (134 E. Colonial dr.). All are welcome. Come join us to be part of the plan, help build what we will do next, and send a clear signal that we aren’t going to take this lying down!

    Between now and then please call (oft
    en) and remind the County how you feel about this, and (politely) remind them we will not go away, we will not back down, and we will be back.

    Mayor Teresa Jacobs 407-836-7370
    District 1 S. Scott Boyd 407-836-7350
    District 2 Fred Brummer 407-836-7350
    District 3 John Martinez 407-836-5140 or 407-836-5309
    District 4 Jennifer Thompson 407-836-7350
    District 5 Ted Edwards 407-836-7350
    District 6 Tiffany Moore Russell 407-836-5860

    Vote No on Amendment 3 In Florida

    Protect Florida’s Schools & Families

    Say NO to Amendment 3


    Amendment 3 is a constitutional amendment on this year’s General Election ballot (November 6) that has been advanced by politicians in Tallahassee and out-of-state special interests to create a new state revenue limit. It may sound reasonable, but it’s based on a flawed formula that’s a proven failure. Instead of strengthening schools, families, and communities, it deepens cuts to things we care about. When we can least afford it, this extreme amendment places a greater burden on families to pick up the cost of services that are provided by the state.



    Amendment 3 makes tough times tougher for schools and families.


    Amendment 3 will put at risk services for school children, families, and seniors.

    This recession has been difficult for Florida’s families. Making the situation worse, teachers have been laid off, classroom funding has been cut, college tuition has increased by over thirty-percent for college students, senior services have been eliminated, and costs have been shifted to families. Florida is falling behind the country in many key areas of performance, and Amendment 3 threatens to make things worse. We just can’t afford more cuts.


    2. Amendment 3 is a gimmick.


    This measure does nothing to ensure that our state prioritizes funding for schools, families, and communities. When in full effect, Amendment 3 would result in across-the-board cuts to government, including programs that strengthen classrooms, keep our kids safe, and ensure our seniors have access to community services like home-delivered meals.


    3. Amendment 3 causes more problems than it solves.


    The measure fails to put the state’s fiscal house in order and eliminate wasteful spending. Instead, it cuts off funding that prepares our students for the future, ensures care for seniors, and helps families struggling in this difficult economy.


    4. Amendment 3 is a proven failure.


    Colorado is the only state to have experimented with a law similar to Amendment 3, and it was a disaster. It resulted in deep cuts to schools, senior services and public health. Ultimately, the measure was suspended. The very same mechanics that led to the failure of Colorado’s law are enshrined in Amendment 3.




    Colorado’s business climate and quality of life were not improved by TABOR. In fact, it contributed to a significant decline in that state’s public services. Colorado’s economy, hamstrung with TABOR, was not able to recover strongly from the last recession. This decline has serious implications not only for Colorado residents, but also for the residents of other states in which TABOR-like measures are now being promoted.




    TABOR forced drastic education funding cuts in Colorado.




    Before TABOR, Colorado was a middle of the pack state in terms of education funding (35th). By 2001, Colorado had fallen to 49th in K-12 spending, making the state near dead last in the percentage of state resources devoted to public schools throughout the country.



    Teacher salaries dropped compared to the national average, falling from 30th to 50th in the nation.



    Colorado fell to 48th in state funding for higher education as a share of personal income. As a result tuition has dramatically increased, causing a greater burden on students and families.

    Health Care


    TABOR forced reductions in funding for health care programs and services for Colorado workers, families, and seniors. Health care services proved to be particularly vulnerable to inflexible spending caps because health care costs in both the public and private sectors rose faster than the limit allowed. Those costs will continue to grow rapidly because of the aging of the baby-boomers.




    Colorado now spends less on many public health programs than most states.



    Colorado became one of the worst states in terms of providing prenatal care to women.



    Under TABOR, the share of low-income children lacking health insurance nearly doubled in Colorado – dropping the state to 50th in the nation.



    At one point, Colorado suspended the requirement that children be fully-immunized before enrolling in school, because there were not enough state funds to buy vaccines.



    After ten years of TABOR, Colorado ranked 49th in the nation in the percentage of both low-income non-elderly adults and low-income children covered by Medicaid.

    Economic Development


    TABOR did not improve Colorado’s economy as promised. Instead, in the last recession it cost Colorado jobs. It delayed economic recovery, left the workforce untrained, and weakened the state’s infrastructure.




    Colorado lost more jobs in the 2001 recession than all states but three.



    After being in effect for ten years, Colorado’s growth rate after the last recession was the lowest in the Rocky Mountain region.



    From 2001 to 2005, the per-capita income in Colorado fell faster than in any other state in the country.



    Colorado’s highways are in a state of growing disrepair with less than 60% rated good or fair.

    Fiscal Stability & Accountability


    TABOR created instability for businesses, communities, and families when Colorado entered the economic recession. At a time when businesses and families needed services most, the public sector became a weak partner in the recovery.




    Financial analysts blamed TABOR for making the state’s fiscal crisis during the last recession worse.



    Bond-rating agencies downgraded Colorado’s bond rating because of TABOR.



    Prior to the time-out, Governing Magazine ranked Colorado’s finances as among the worst managed in the country, again due to TABOR.

    Verizon Workers reached a contract
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Allies,
    We have reached a contract settlement with Verizon!
    It has taken almost exactly 15 months of bargaining—negotiations began June 22, 2011—a militant two week strike last August, and 13 months of on-the-job mobilization.
    It took the hard work, in the workplace and on the streets, of tens of thousands of CWA members—and thousands upon thousands of you—who leafleted, lobbied, wrote letters, picketed and rallied, and prepared for another strike if necessary, in an effort to defeat Verizon’s sweeping attack on the living standards of 45,000 CWA and IBEW members from Massachusetts to Virginia.
    We could not have gotten to this point without the incredible support of all of our friends and allies, who understood that the nation’s 15th largest corporation could not be allowed to slash health benefits, destroy job security, eliminate pensions, and roll back 50 years of bargaining gains, just because it believed the political and economic climate was ripe.
    Right now, we are only releasing a few details of the settlement, so that our members can get details of the settlement from their locals.
    The new contract will require our members to make a modest contribution to the cost of health care premiums for the first time, but they will still be able to choose from the best health care plans in the industry.  And new hires will get a 401(k) plan rather than a Defined Benefit Pension. But on every other front, we have beaten back the company’s all-out assault on our contract.  Highlights include:
    • A solid 8.2% wage increase over the next three years, an $800 signing bonus and annual corporate profit sharing bonus of at least $700.
    • Total preservation of all of our existing job security language, including no layoffs, forced transfers or downgrades for pre-2003 employees.
    • Preservation of language limiting the company’s right to move work out of the region.
    • Preservation of Defined Benefit pension coverage with no change in accrual rates for all current employees.
    • A company paid, tax-exempt $850 Health Reimbursement Account that can be used to offset payment of co-pays and deductibles.
    • The addition of hundreds of new jobs to the bargaining unit through a reduction in contracted out work.
    • Elimination of all company demands for elimination of night and weekend differentials, protections against long-distance forced transfers, gutting of Sickness and Accident Disability Plans and gutting of sick time leave provisions.
    This was a long and very difficult fight.  We did not achieve every one of our goals.  But we negotiated an excellent agreement that above all, protects the job and retirement security of 45,000 CWA and IBEW members.
    Our strike last August came six weeks before the eruption of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  We felt the spirit of Occupy then, the boiling anger among so many working people against Wall Street and Corporate ripoffs, on our picket lines, at our rallies, from the honking horns supporting us in the street,.  We felt that in your support over the last year, and especially in the last two months, when it seemed like we might be forced onto the streets again.
    This settlement would not have been possible without the support of so many throughout the labor movement and in our allied community organizations. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to working side-by-side with you wherever and whenever workers face off next against corporate power.  We will repay your support with our support.  We know—you know—you have proven to us once again, that we are all in this together, and that it is our mutual solidarity that is the lifeblood of our movement.  Thank you again.