WIN Week-In-Review: Saturday, November 11, 2017
A couple of California teacher’s strikes have been averted. United Teachers Of San Francisco and the Sacramento City Teachers Association reached tentative agreements on new labor contracts.
After 13 months of contract negotiations Sacramento teachers had been set to strike Wednesday if there had been no agreement. And San Francisco teachers were going to take a strike authorization vote Wednesday but reached a tentative deal instead.
Class size, hiring quality educators and improving special education services were all addressed in the Sacramento settlement. Teachers in San Francisco got an 11 percent raise over three years.
Both tentative contracts are subject to teacher ratification votes before becoming final.
Republicans in the Wisconsin state senate have made it the 28th state to call for a new constitutional convention. It takes 34 states to actual call a convention to re-write America’s constitution.
The resolution 28 states have now passed says the purpose of the constitutional convention shall be “for the limited purpose of requiring the federal government to operate under a balanced budget.”
But once the constitutional convention Pandora’s box is open it could well turn into a runaway convention where other constitutional re-writes could happen. And since it’s driven by state legislatures controlled by Republicans America could wake up one day to a new U.S. constitution written essentially by Republicans.
Just fourteen states had legislatures totally controlled by Republicans in 2009. in 2017 there are 33 such states.
In 2010 the GOP was able to gerrymander congressional districts cementing the Republican state level political power and protecting it’s congressional seats. The constitutionality of that gerrymandering is being decided in a case from Wisconsin currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
[Charles Wowkanech]: “We saw our volunteerism rates go through the roof. People were energized. They just said we wanna win and we wanna win big.
And that’s what we did. We had a huge, huge victory here.”
New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech talking about the remarkable high energy organized labor political machine that put a more pro-labor government in place in New Jersey from the governor’s office on down.
[Charles Wowkanech]: “It was a real big night for the labor movement here in New Jersey. We won the governor’s race. We picked up a Senate seat, we picked up two Assembly seats.
We also ran fifty-eight union members – rank and file union members that work every day – for political offices all across the state. And we have forty-five winners.”
On Veteran’s Day the Union veterans Council wants you to know that among the rights veterans have fought and died for are collective bargaining labor rights. Here are some pro-union veterans speaking in a Union veteran’s Council video.
[Union Veterans Council Members]: “Sam Phipps. I served in the United States Army as an infantryman. I’m a proud union member of Local 562. getting into Local 562 has given me a chance at a good life, being able to support not only myself but more importantly ,my family.
Sabrina Harris. U.S. Army…A proud member of AFGE Local 96. The union has given me stability in my life.”