In a crowded field of 17 propositions on the statewide ballot,
voters clearly saw the value of publicly funded education and
passed CFT’s top priority, Proposition 55, with an
impressive 24-point margin.
I have been hearing from CFT members who supported Donald Trump
and are not happy that the CFT is sticking its nose into
We would be looking at a much different scenario in our schools
and colleges, our communities and unions, and in Sacramento, if
the CFT had not led the way on the Millionaires Tax, which became
Proposition 30 and now Proposition 55, and before that, led the
way on Proposition 25, the Majority Budget Act.
With the future of national politics uncertain, the role of the
California Legislature in shaping public education policy and
labor rights is more critical than ever. The work it undertakes
in coming years will have a large and direct impact on members,
their students, and their communities.
Local elections directly impact schools and colleges. The
grassroots work of CFT members in their communities not only
secured funding and elected strong, labor-friendly local
candidates, but will also help shape the political landscape in
Because Hillary Clinton needed to win in Florida, I volunteered,
along with CFT and AFT retirees from other states, in the
We worked with diverse groups of Floridians in the AFT and other
labor unions through the Working America Coalition, a political
action committee of the AFL-CIO. Working America fights for
working families, union and non-union, in campaigns to elect
progressive candidates and pass legislation to improve the lives
of working families.
After careful consideration, the CFT makes the following
recommendations for November 8. On measures not listed here, the
CFT has taken no position. Props 57, 62 and 66 reflect the CFT’s
progressive positions on criminal reform.
With less than one month left in the presidential contest and the
race for the White House tightening, progressives have to make
some clear-eyed decisions about whom to support. Will they
support Hillary Clinton or will they cast a protest vote and
support Jill Stein?
In 1998, Proposition 227 essentially ended bilingual instruction
in California schools. It forced English learners into one year
of “sheltered English immersion,” hindering their ability to
learn academic English and achieve at grade level. Many continued
in those classes or were then placed in regular classrooms to
sink or swim. The CFT strongly opposed Proposition 227.