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April 4, 2011

1) Fun with the California Federation of Teachers. It's a serious time in the world of education labor. Some even call it war. And while the California Federation of Teachers is stockpiling arms in the Fight for California's Future, the union still has a wide range of priorities, as evidenced by its list of approved resolutions from last month's convention at the Marriott Manhattan Beach.

Resolution 1 calls on the state to research the effects of methyl iodide and asks CalSTRS to divest any investment in the company that manufactures it for agricultural use.

Resolution 2 institutes compensation for additional statewide CFT officers, the amount to be determined by the CFT Executive Council.

Resolution 4 directs the union to lobby for compulsory kindergarten.

Resolution 9 establishes a Charter School Task Force.

Resolution 17 commits the union to commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

Resolution 19 reaffirms the union's support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, claiming the "continued unjust incarceration of Mumia Abu-Jamal represents a threat to the civil rights of all people."

Resolution 20 directs CFT to oppose the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

Resolution 23 denounces the "police attacks on free speech and assembly" that allegedly occurred in the Bay Area when some people were arrested on misdemeanor charges while holding a public rally and march without a permit.

Resolution 26 directs the union to send President Barack Obama "a pair of union-made walking shoes and a letter requesting that he walk with labor during the protests in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan, and any other state seeking to erode collective bargaining."

But it wasn't all work and no play for the delegates. Those union-made walking shoes also come in handy for a stroll around the hotel's "premier par 3 executive 9 hole golf course surrounded by Southern California beauty."

2) Last Week's Intercepts. EIA's blog, Intercepts, covered these topics from March 29-April 4:

Retired Teachers in California Earn More Than Working Teachers in 28 States. With five-year vesting, a teacher could be laid off at 25 and receive a pension check at 55 and thereafter.

*  It Ainít 1968 in Memphis. King's legacy lives on. AFSCME Local 1733's does not.

NEArmageddon: The Threat Maps. Now all they need is Marshal Zhukov.

Back to Basics Candidate Wins UTLA Presidency. Until the next one comes along.

Timberrrr! Papered over.

3) Quote of the Week. "More than half the 11,716 counted emails represented some form of a standardized message suggested by the Ohio Education Association. In all, nearly two-thirds came from writers who identified themselves as a public employee or a close relative - virtually all of whom opposed the measure." - from a Columbus Dispatch analysis of e-mails sent to Gov. John Kasich's office about the collective bargaining bill. (April 3 Columbus Dispatch)


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