FILLING OUT YOUR BALLOT WITH UPTE RECOMMENDATIONS IN MIND!

 

In the month of April UPTE’s legislative and political committee conducted an exhaustive process for primary candidate endorsements. All candidates in our targeted races – regardless of party affiliation - were given the opportunity to respond to a written questionnaire, which included questions suggested by our legislative and political committee members, executive board members, and groups UPTE coalesces with (such as the Reclaim CA Higher Education coalition, Californians United for a Responsible Budget and the Healthy California Campaign).

Questions included were in the areas of protecting defined benefit pensions, respecting collective bargaining, funding for the public employment relations board, restoring the Master Plan for Higher Education, single payer healthcare, the incarceration crisis, non-tenured faculty job rights, stemming the onslaught of privatization for public services and thwarting the move toward Massive Open Online Classes. If a candidate did not respond appropriately, they were not invited to the verbal interview portion of the process.

During the verbal interview portion of the process we had legislative and political committee members call in and hear answers to questions they had prepared beforehand. The committee members voted on who answered best and who was forwarded to the statewide executive board for their approval. The following candidates satisfied the written questionnaire, the verbal interview and finally met with the approval of the statewide executive board:

1.            Delaine Eastin for Governor

2.            Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor

3.            Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction

4.            Dave Jones for Attorney General

5.            Jovanka Beckles for Assembly District 15

6.            Diana Benton for District Attorney in Contra Costa County

7.            Dean Johannson for District Attorney in Yolo County

Additionally, although UPTE did not ourselves interview the drafters of each statewide ballot measure, the following are the recommendations of the California Labor Federation for your consideration:

YES on Prop 68
YES on  Prop 69
NO on Prop 70
YES on Prop 71
YES on Prop 72
YES on Regional Measure 3

WE HOPE YOU TAKE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN CASTING YOUR BALLOT BY OR BEFORE JUNE 5TH!

 

 
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