We all know the challenge to maintain salaries and benefits and
keep our members working has never been more difficult. But in
spite of difficulties, our members and local leaders continue to
organize and win victories.
Getting on the bus at UC Berkeley on March
5, Desiree Angelo acknowledged how hard it has been to get to her
senior year there. “I was a transfer student, a high school
dropout, and a low-income student too,” she recalled.
“Because I dropped out, I don’t quality for a lot of financial
aid. To afford the fees, which have gone from $5100 to $7100 a
semester while I’ve been here, I’ve had to work in the dining
hall. The discussion sessions for my classes have been cut, and
with 500 students in a class, we really need them. So I’m paying
more, getting less, and working like crazy just to stay here.”
Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection
Act, is on the November 6 ballot. Along with Proposition 32, it
is the most important issue facing California voters among the
many ballot measures.