UPTE Endorsements for November 2018 Election

UPTE-CWA Endorsements for November 2018 Election

If you are a Permanent Absentee Voter, your ballot will be arriving in the mail this week. If you are a “go to the polls” voter, please use this as a guide when filling out your ballot on November 6th, 2018. Either way, please consider UPTE-CWA’s endorsements, as we have gone through an extensive process (which you can read below) to vet who will represent us the best.

GOVERNOR – GAVIN NEWSOM

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – ED HERNANDEZ

ATTORNEY GENERAL – XAVIER BECERRA

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION – TONY THURMOND

PROPOSITION 8 – YES

PROPOSITION 10 – YES

PROPOSITION 11 – NO

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 15 (COVERING UC BERKELEY) – JOVANKA BECKLES

First, we considered which races it made sense for UPTE to weigh in on.

Questions your Legislative and Political Committee considered:

  1. Does this position touch UC, Community College or National Lab Workers?
  2. Does this position have the ability to get money into public higher education?
  3. Does this position have the ability to set public higher education policy?
  4. Does this position have the ability to influence the UC Board of Regents or the Community College Board of Governors?

THEN, UPTE’S WRITTEN QUESTIONNAIRE WAS ISSUED TO ALL CANDIDATES IN THE TARGETED RACE

UPTE’s legislative and political committee conducted an exhaustive process for 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.

VERBAL INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH THE CANDIDATES WHO SATISFIED THE LEGISLATIVE AND POLTICIAL COMMITTEE’S REQUIREMENTS IN THEIR WRITTEN ANSWERS TO OUR QUESTIONNAIRE

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.