Election Day Is Just Days Away. Governor Jerry Brown: “Don’t Be Complacent.”

California Governor Jerry Brown makes a surprise visit to the SEIU Local 1021 union hall to charge-up the labor base in San Francisco.

In the final two weeks before the Nov. 6 Election, California’s Governor made a surprise appearance to rally the troops of canvassers promoting YES for Proposition 30 and NO for Proposition 32.

On Saturday Oct. 20, more than 100 Bay Area educators, SEIU Local 1021 members and the San Francisco Labor Council members joined Governor Jerry Brown at a Get-Out-The-Vote kick-off event and press conference at our Local 1021 headquarters in San Francisco.

“We have a close election. I believe we are ahead. But we can’t be complacent. We don’t have too many days left,” said Gov. Brown, “I’m going to do everything I can between now and the election to get proposition 30 passed.”

United Educators of San Francisco President Dennis Kelly rallied teachers, San Francisco city workers and Local 1021 nonprofit industry leaders in the room and emphasized the importance of this election.

“We are mobilizing across the state to defend California on Election Day. We are fighting to pass Proposition 30, which will prevent over $6 billion in immediate cuts to California schools. And we are standing with all working people in the state to defeat the destructive Proposition 32, which would silence the political voices of union members and let millionaires and billionaires write their own rules,” said Kelly.

Polling shows too close to call

For months, Local 1021 members throughout northern California and community allies have been knocking on doors and making calls, talking with voters in their communities to pass Proposition 30 to stop billions in immediate schools cuts and to defeat the deceptive anti-worker Prop. 32.

Polling demonstrates our voter education efforts are working, but also shows Proposition 30 and 32 are too close to call, making this a critical election for union politics and funding for education.

How critical is this election? Critical enough that SEIU Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez and Vice Presidents Larry Bradshaw, Gary Jimenez, and Crawford Johnson sent a special letter to all Local 1021 members and staff, informing them that political work is a top priority.

“Right here, right now, organized labor is in the throes of our toughest political battle,” said President Sanchez and three Vice Presidents.

Reason-Rupe, a right-leaning poll, released October 19, 2012.

Prop. 30, Governor Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise taxes on the rich,

  • the poll finds 50 percent of likely voters will vote YES and 46 percent say NO while 4 percent are undecided on Proposition 30,
  • Prop. 32, aimed at eliminating working families from being heard in the political process, is too close to call— 48 percent NO, 45 percent YES and 6 percent undecided. Both propositions are within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.

It is critical that we step up in the final countdown to Nov. 6. Join a precinct walk or phone bank near you.

Read the Associated Press story: http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_21821989/california-governor-jerry-brown-talks-teachers-push-increase

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