Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nickels and Lincoln

AFSCME organizer Justin Nickels discusses the need for a "public option" in national health care reform. Senator Lincoln tries to dodge the issue by saying it is too expensive. She did not mention whether the cost of agribusiness subsidies were too expensive or demand that those handouts be revenue neutral.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

FOR the New High School

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 965, today called for an investment in our children’s future and announced its endorsement of the proposed millage to build a world class 21st Century high school in Fayetteville. “It is important to our members that we build here and build now for the future of our children and our community; we must not miss this opportunity to do the right thing at the right time” said Larry West, a member of the executive committee

“Last year, we urged the school board to build the new high school at the current location, because it serves students well to be near the University and its resources,” said Vice President Betty Martin. In addition, it is convenient for our faculty and staff who have children attending high school, as well as for nontraditional students and single parents enrolled at the University.” The resolution adopted by the group noted that failure to pass the millage and move forward now would reopen the old debate about location of the school and “shift the discussion from achieving lasting excellence to finding the cheapest temporary solution.”

Early voting begins on Tuesday, September 8, at the Courthouse. Election Day is Tuesday, September 15, at your regular polling place. This is an important election for AFSCME members and their families, so be sure to vote FOR the millage for the new Fayetteville High School.