Take Action to protect Health Care Coverage!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau safeguards Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders.

This month, 21,000 working people at AT&T’s wireless division voted to authorize a strike. It wasn’t an easy choice.

No one wants to go on strike, but they needed to send a message to AT&T because the company is demanding workers do more work for less. Despite making $13 billion in profits last year—and record profits in its wireless division—AT&T has cut more than 8,000 call center jobs and outsourced many of those jobs to low-wage countries.

The company is refusing to stop outsourcing jobs and demanding cuts to benefits. We cannot allow this blatant corporate greed to go unchecked.

Sign the petition immediately to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson demanding good jobs for working people at AT&T and an end to outsourcing.

The petition to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says the following:

I support good jobs and a fair union contract for working people at AT&T Mobility and across your company. The working people at AT&T Mobility helped AT&T earn record profits last year, yet they have seen their commissions cut and health care costs rise.

You met with President Trump recently and discussed how AT&T can help “stimulate job creation in America,” yet you chose to close more than 20 call centers and eliminate more than 8,000 call center jobs in recent years. Some of that work you sent overseas.

You have also outsourced the majority of your retail stores to low-wage third-party dealers, undermining the standards of your own retail employees. If you care about creating good jobs in America, start with your own company.

AT&T’s greed is bad news not only for workers at the company, but for our communities. If AT&T executives are able to get away with this, it will embolden other corporate CEOs to do the same.

AT&T was able to turn a massive profit last year because of the hard work and quality service of retail store workers, call centers representatives and technicians. Instead of sharing in the profits, AT&T seems determined to continue to keep the big compensation packages flowing to its executives, while forcing working people to sacrifice more and more.

Not only do company executives want free rein to outsource more jobs, but they want to force employees to pay more for medical benefits, cut retirement benefits and even reduce employee sick time. Not on our watch.

Add your name immediately to the petition to demand good jobs for working people at AT&T.

In Solidarity,

Rachel Warino
California Labor Federation

Public education is the foundation of our 21st-century democracy. Social justice for all begins with a quality, free public education. Our public schools are where our students come to be educated in the fullest sense of that word, including as citizens of this great country. As educators, we strive every day to make every public school and college a place where we prepare the nation’s young people to contribute to our society, economy and citizenry.

California must continue to lead the nation. The 325,000 members of the California Teachers Association and the 120,000 members of the California Federation of Teachers are committed to making sure all California’s students get the public education they deserve. We ask all Californians, including elected leaders regardless of party affiliation, to join us in supporting a strong, inclusive, safe and innovative public education system that ensures all students can succeed, regardless of their ZIP code. Our public schools must remain centers of our communities, and not become corporate profit centers. We hold these values because all children, regardless of family circumstances, where they live, where they were born, how they look, who they love or the language they speak have the right to a public education that helps them reach their full potential.

WHEREAS, the promise of a free, universal and quality public education system is the foundation of our 21st-century democratic society, a civil right and the cornerstone of California’s economy;

WHEREAS, California established its system of free, universal public education open to all children in 1866 and now educates more than 9 million students in our schools and colleges, or one in eight children in America;

WHEREAS, California has always strived for and deserves a quality, inclusive, safe and innovative public education system that ensures all students can succeed, regardless of their ZIP code, the color of their skin, their native language, their gender or gender identity, their immigration status, their religion, who they love, or their social standing;

WHEREAS, all students and educators deserve safe learning and teaching environments, and the right to attend school free of fear, bullying and discrimination;

WHEREAS, California has always been a place for DREAMers and supports safe-haven schools and sanctuary cities that reflect and embrace the diversity of our students and their families, as well as the rich language and cultural assets they bring to our communities;

WHEREAS, all California kids deserve access to high-quality early childhood education;

WHEREAS, all students deserve access to affordable college and have access to career and technical training programs that will prepare them for the workforce;

WHEREAS, smaller class sizes significantly improve student learning – particularly for ethnic minority students and English learners; give educators more time to provide one-on-one instruction, and allow for more communication between teachers and families;

WHEREAS, all students deserve a well-rounded education – ensuring that students and schools have access to multi-cultural education, art, music, theater, dance, physical education, and career-technical classes;

WHEREAS, California supports learning over testing and is leading efforts to build a statewide school accountability system that gets beyond standardized test scores to include multiple measures of student and school success;

WHEREAS, adequate health care, including eye and dental care, is essential to ensuring kids come to school ready to learn;

WHEREAS, parent, family and community engagement are an integral part of a child’s education and are critical to developing a shared vision for student learning; 

WHEREAS, education professionals are deeply committed to the success of every student and should be recognized as the experts they are, deserving of academic freedom, time to collaborate with their colleagues, shared decision-making to determine the most effective teaching methods, curriculum, assessment and evaluation systems, and competitive salaries comparable to other professions to attract and retain quality educators for students;

WHEREAS, all schools need adequate counselors, nurses and other education support professionals to help meet the needs of all children. Free and reduced-priced meal programs and free transportation must also be available to all students who need them;

WHEREAS, California law supports collective bargaining rights for education employees as educators should be able to advocate for their students, have a say about their futures and the right to negotiate together for safe working conditions and wages that can sustain their families;

WHEREAS, California has led efforts to bring equity to its school funding system and must adequately fund education to climb out of ranking 46th in per-pupil funding, which is $3,462 below the national average;

WHEREAS, public schools should serve as centers of the community, not profit centers with taxpayer dollars diverted to private voucher schemes and unaccountable corporate charter schools;

AND WHEREAS, supporting quality public schools and colleges is about building the futures of all of California’s children, building stronger local communities and building a better California for all of us.    

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that educators and all public education supporters affirm their commitment to these values and rise up to protect students and their families, public schools and colleges, the teaching profession and our communities from any policies that would undermine these values;

BE IT RESOLVED that educators and all public education supporters across California vow to call on federal, state and local lawmakers to advocate for the public education all California’s students deserve;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that educators and all public education supporters will encourage local school districts, college districts and city councils to pass similar resolutions to keep our public schools public and demand the public education that all California's students deserve.

Jumpstarters, we had a great meeting yesterday and outlined a plan of action moving forward.

We will attend the Council Meeting tonight and present our letter to the City Council again and also have a couple of speakers to outline what we see as the issues that need to be addressed to make our City successful. If you would like to join the impressive list of signers to the letter please contact me ASAP to be included before tonight’s meeting.  This is just to reconfirm our support of the new Council that we proclaimed at the goal setting sessions earlier this month and that will be reported on at tonight’s meeting.

 Also I have included the information that OREM put out regarding the EIR and the fact that the City does not intend to have it certified. No matter what your personal opinion is of the ORCEM project the lack of a fair process should be very disturbing to everyone. The City needs to show the outside world that we have a fair and transparent process in place for those that want to invest in Vallejo!

Please let our Planning Commission and City Council know that you support the certification of the EIR so we can get the facts! The citizens deserve to have a process free from the lies and misrepresentations we have had to endure up until now.

That is why we have the process in place. Please forward to your email lists.

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends - Jon

You can help support Orcem Vallejo by doing the following:

1) Write a letter to the editor in support of the Orcem Vallejo proposal!
Letters can be sent to the Vallejo Times-Herald by emailing [email protected].  You can also respond to this message if you need any help or guidance preparing your letter to the editor!

2) Write a letter to the Planning Commissioners in support of the Orcem Vallejo proposal!
Letters to Planning Commissioners can be submitted to the following email addresses:

Or copy and paste all emails at once: 

[email protected][email protected];  [email protected][email protected][email protected];[email protected][email protected]

(please reply to this message if you need any help or guidance preparing your letter)

3) Write a letter or call the City Council in support of the Orcem Vallejo proposal!

Letters to Councilmembers can be submitted to the following email addresses, or you can call their direct lines:

Bob Sampayan, Mayor: [email protected], or (707) 648-4377

Robert H. McConnell,Vice Mayor: [email protected], or (707) 648-4135

Pippin Dew-Costa, Councilmember: [email protected], or (707) 648-4132

Jesus “Jess” Malgapo, Councilmember: [email protected], or (707) 648-4131

Katy Miessner, Councilmember: [email protected], or (707) 648-4133

Hermie Sunga, Councilmember: [email protected], or (707) 648-5437

Rozzana Verder-Aliga, EdD, Councilmember: [email protected], or (707) 648-4134

Or copy and paste all emails at once: 

[email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected])
(please reply to this message if you need any help or guidance preparing your letter)

4) "Like" us on Facebook.
If you haven't already, please "like" our page by clicking here and share our page with your friends to help spread the word about our project!