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Vote on Nov. 4: UPTE’s election recommendations

For the November 4 election, UPTE-CWA urges you to get out there and vote for candidates who support labor rights and education for all Californians.

While UPTE members live all over the state, we focus on candidates that chair key committees overseeing the University of California and its budget, the state’s community colleges and the Los Alamos, Livermore and Berkeley national labs. These candidates support our goals of higher education funding and accountability, and have followed through with legislative action supporting our issues.

We have also highlighted two ballot measures to support.

For more information about why we recommend these candidates and initiatives, please visit www.upte.org/lp/recommendations.html, and also review the California Federation of Labor’s site www.calaborfed.org.


Tom Torlakson
, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. A UC regent, strong supporter of labor, and advocate for education.

Susan Bonilla (Concord): chair, Education Budget sub-committee.

Bill Quirk (Hayward): Former UPTE executive board member; lifetime UPTE member.

Das Williams (Santa Barbara, Ventura): chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton, parts of Orange County): Held special hearings of the Higher Education Committee to look into easing the transition for students from community colleges to universities. Working with UC President Janet Napolitano to increase funding for the university system.

Shirley Weber (San Diego): Sits on the Assembly Higher Education Committee and is chair of the Special Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County.

Toni Atkins (Coastal San Diego): Speaker of the Assembly,
a strong advocate for both labor and education issues.

Connie Leyva (Pomona): president, Calif. Labor Federation.


Kevin DeLeon (Los Angeles): President pro tem of the Senate and a UC regent.

John Garamendi (Davis and surrounding areas):
House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the national labs at Livermore and Los Alamos.

Jerry McNerney (Stockton and vicinity): House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is directly involved with the national labs at Livermore and Los Alamos.

Eric Swalwell (Livermore, Pleasanton, Hayward): His district includes Livermore National Lab. On the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and ranking member of the sub-committee on Energy.

Lois Capps (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura counties): Energy and Commerce Committee, which deals with the Dept of Energy-owned national labs.

Julia Brownley (Oxnard and Thousand Oaks): House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Lucille Roybal-Allard (Los Angeles area): co-author of the Dream Act, sits on House Appropriations Committee.

Proposition 45: Yes.
Allows the state to limit increases on insurance rates instead of giving insurance companies free reign to do whatever they want for their bottom lines.

Proposition 47: Yes. Reduces sentences for non-violent drug offenders, freeing up money for education and social services that help keep people out of jail.


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