UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: April 22, 2016
California Primary May Be Decisive: Vote!
Voters this year have expressed great dissatisfaction with the status quo. Whether the key issue is the bailing out big banks, horribly low wages, chaotic foreign military adventures, or unfair trade deals, many are looking for new solutions.

UPTE-CWA Local 9119 and our national union (CWA) have endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. His campaign to turn around income inequality has support from a broad cross-section of all voters, with especially strong support among those under 40. He has a well-drawn out plan for investing in free higher education instead of burdening students with massive debt before they even enter the work force. We urge you to support him.

To participate in the California Democratic primary, you must be registered to vote as a “Democrat” or “No Party Preference” by May 23. You can register to vote online or check your existing registration status online.  Mail balloting will start in May; the in-person voting date is June 7. Now is the time to confirm your address and request a mail ballot if that is how you want to vote.

REMEMBER:

Fix It! 
Join us in a statewide film screening event to watch and discuss "FIX IT – Healthcare at the Tipping Point" (with Spanish subtitles). This 38-minute documentary that takes an in-depth look at how our broken healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians, and negatively impacting the nation's health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.

DAY: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (click for a location near you)
TICKETS: FREE tickets! RSVPs encouraged

Support Higher Education Re-Funding

In our efforts to make real the dream and promise of free higher education for Californians, please sign the petition for increasing enrollment funding from the state. UPTE participates in a coalition of students, staff and faculty from all three higher education systems in California.

When the Master Plan for Higher Education was passed, 20% of California’s budget was invested in UC, the Cal State system, and the California community colleges. Now less than 10% of the state budget goes to higher education, with prisons taking the place of education.

Help us rebuild higher education by signing the petition now.

The UPTE E-Bulletin is prepared by UPTE-CWA President Jelger Kalmijn. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to write him at president@upte-cwa.org.
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