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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Anti-government think tank targets our pension

MEMBERS
Anti-government think tank targets our pension

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a well-funded and powerful anti-government think tank based in Austin, held a “policy primer” on October 25 as part of a growing mobilization to attack public employees’ pension benefits. The TPPF released its document “Reforming Texas’ State & Local Pension Systems for the 21st Century” at the forum. One of the featured speakers was Bill King, a corporate lawyer from Houston who has started a business group whose goal is to eliminate public employees’ pension plans.

The TPPF proposal directly attacks the core of our pension systems. It was written for the TPPF by Arduin, Laffer, & Moore Econometrics (Arthur Laffer created the “Laffer Curve” economic theory). The authors state that “When a state or local government provides a defined benefit pension, the state is creating a government entitlement program. Entitlement programs violate the criteria of sound budgeting principles.”

Other excerpts and their recommendations follow. The entire text of this document is available on the Healthcare / Pensions page of TSEU’s web site.

“Simply put, defined contribution plans are more appropriate for the modern workforce” (p. 7)
“The government compensation is designed to reward risk-averse behavior that keeps employees in the public sector and discourages people from transitioning between the public and private sectors.” (p. 7) [that is, defined benefit plans reduce turnover, and high turnover is good]
“If a hard freeze of Texas’ public pension systems is not desired, then Texas should implement . . . a soft freeze.” (p. 20)

A little about the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Their mission statement:
“The Foundation’s mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas . . .”
Notable staff/leaders:
Chair: Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm
Chair emeritus: Dr. James Leininger (also a major funder)
Directors include: Arlene Wohlgemuth and Talmadge Heflin
Senior fellows include: Grover Norquist and Arthur Laffer
web site: www.texaspolicy.com

TPPF’s pension plan recommendations

Step 1: Freeze the defined benefit (DB) plan to all new and unvested public sector employees.
Step 2: All new or current unvested employees transferred to a defined contribution (DC) plan.
A) DC plan should meet average standards of a large private sector DC plan.
B) Attributes can include (rates should be actuarially verified)
i. No minimum length of service requirement for eligibility in the DC plan
ii. Participation in DC plan permitted on hire
iii. Non-matching contributions of up to 6.0 percent of pay immediate eligibility
iv. Employer match up to a set percentage of pay immediate eligibility
Step 3: Implement either hard freeze or soft freeze of system for current vested employees
A) Under a hard freeze, benefits earned at the time of the freeze honored
i. No public employee able to accrue new benefits.
ii. All vested public employees transferred to DC plan for any additional benefit
B) Under a soft freeze, the benefits for vested employees continue growing
i. Vested employees choose between staying in the DB system or switching to the DC system.
ii. Benefits, employee contributions, and COLAs should be altered so that the DC system is favored by most workers.
a) Raise employee contribution rates
b) Extend the salary period used for determining retirement benefits
c) Increase the age and service requirements for eligibility
d) Implement greater controls over post-retirement COLAs
C) Retirees will maintain their current benefits with changes to COLAs
If you have any questions, contact MIKE GROSS in the Austin TSEU office at 512.448.4225

For more details contact:
MIKE GROSS
in the
AUSTIN TSEU OFFICE


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fwd: Call today to Protect Our Pension Plans


Subject: Call today to Protect Our Pension Plans

TEXAS STATE EMPLOYEES UNION
EMAIL BROADCAST UPDATE TO MEMBERS  


OPPOSE HB 2506

House Bill (HB) 2506, by Rep. Warren Chisum, converts our ERS pension plan to a mandatory defined contribution ("DC") plan for all state employees who are hired after August 31, 2012.  Defined contribution plans are similar to 401-k plans: they eliminate any guaranteed pension and force each employee to depend on the stock market and their own investing decisions for their retirement.

Nationally, the shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans has left millions of Americans facing insecurity and even poverty in their retirement years. At best, the plans produce fewer benefits at higher cost according to several studies. Only two states currently have DC pension plans for state employees. Two other states, Nebraska and West Virginia, have dropped DC plans and gone back to traditional pension plans.

This bill will have a hearing on Tuesday, April 26, in the House Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services committee.

What to do:
Call your legislator and/or members of the Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee as soon as you can.

If your legislator is not on the committee, ask him/her to contact the members of the committee to OPPOSE HB 2506.

Here some talking points if you talk to a member of the committee or their staff:
* I am a member of the State employees Union and a constituent in your district.
* I want you to oppose and vote against HB 2506, the state employee defined contribution pension bill.
* This bill will be a disaster for state employees and will make it harder for the state to attract and retain qualified employees.
* Only two other states have defined contribution pension plans, and two states abandoned the idea as a failure.

The members of the committee are:
Rep. Vicki Truitt, R - Southlake (Tarrant County), Chair:  512-463-0690
Rep. Rafael  Anchia, D - Dallas, Vice Chair: 512-463-0746
Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson, R - Waco: 512-463-0135
Rep. Brandon Creighton, R- Conroe: 512-463-0726
Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna, D - Houston: 512-463-0614
Rep. Ken Legler, R - Pasadena: 512-463-0460
Rep. Barbara Nash, R - Arlington:512-463-0562
Rep. Rob Orr, R - Burleson: 512-463-0558
Rep. Marc Veasey, D - Fort Worth: 512-463-0716.
To find out who your legislators are, go to Who Represents Me: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/


Please send an email to Derrick Osobase, TSEU Legislative Director (
dosobase@cwa-tseu.org) after you call and let us know who you called and what the response was.

Information & resources:
TSEU web site: Information sheet on defined benefit/ defined contribution plans: go to our home page,
www.cwa-tseu.org, browse to "Health Care & Pensions"

CWA Public, Health Care, and Education Workers web site: pension resources
http://www.cwapublicandhealthcare.org/sites/cwapublic/index.php/pages/pension_resources

CWA Public, Health Care, and Education Workers web site : Benefit Crisis in the Public Sector
http://www.cwapublicandhealthcare.org/pages/pensions

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                                                TSEU's position on spam
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fwd: TSEU News Alert: Senator Duncan finds money for state employees' health care and pension systems


Subject: TSEU News Alert: Senator Duncan finds money for state employees' health care and pension systems
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TEXAS STATE EMPLOYEES UNION / CWA LOCAL 6186

News Alert: Senator Duncan finds money for state employees' health care and pension systems

On Wednesday, April 13th, Senator Duncan laid out his recommendations to the full Senate Finance committee regarding state employees' healthcare and pension plans. Senator Duncan has worked diligently with all the employee groups to ensure state employees were not harmed by the current budget situation.

While explaining his rationale to the Finance committee, Senator Duncan acknowledged that state employees had taken a significant hit increases ($141 million) on the healthcare side in September, and his intentions were to maintain the current benefit plan intact. His plan included a combination of increases in revenue, reductions in cost trends for healthcare, and other cost savings initiatives to maintain the current plan structure.

Breakdown of assumption made to fund GBP:

  • $128 million in baseline adjustment to more accurately reflect plan participation and restoration of roughly $50 million for the "Tiered coinsurance" rider that after further review showed no real savings.
  • $100 million addition to help the health care cost trend
  • An anticipated reduction in ERS health care cost trend from 9.1% to 8.17%
  • Application of the proceeds of the Tobacco user surcharge
  • Savings anticipated from ERS dependent coverage audit and provider efficacies
  • Ongoing savings from $148 million cost shift (health care increases) that began on September 1st
  • Potential cost savings resulting from ERS developing and offering a Medicare Advantage Plan for eligible ERS retirees. (Note: Although TSEU accepts the framework of this plan, this provision specifically is of concern and we will be working with ERS, legislators, and getting member feedback to ensure retirees aren't harmed though implementation of such a program. )

Retirement:
Through some legislative changes and increase in revenue, the state would contribute 6% in FY2012 and 6.5% in FY2013. For the 20-year retirement fund, the state would increase its contribution in 2013 from 0 to .5%.
This development is a major step in the right direction. All the state employee advocates and groups worked on this issue to ensure a better outcome on the healthcare and pension plan for state employees.

We encourage TSEU members to call Senator Duncan's office and thank him for his hard work and finding more funding state employees' health care and pension plans.
District Office (806) 762-1122
Capitol Office (512) 463-0128


Update on HB 3168 – Eliminating Longevity Pay for state employees and judges (Pay Cut Bill)
Pressure is working, Author slows the bill down.

It was anticipated that Callegari, the author, of the HB 3168 (Pay Cut Bill) wanted to pass his bill out of committee this week. Close friends of TSEU in the legislature said Rep. Callegari didn't expect such a large backlash and is considering postponing the vote on the bill. We must continue to put pressure on members of the calendar's committee and Callegari's office to pull down the bill.
We need more calls into legislators and calendars committee members. Please refer to the 4/13/11 update for the names and numbers of members.

Legislative Budget Board gives bill negative score report:

Highlights of the impact statement

  • Plan would reduce average salaries by $2,500
  • ERS would have to make additional payments to anyone who retired earlier
  • Plan would encourage employees who are eligible to retire to do so in lieu of taking a pay cut. Resulting in ERS experiencing a $150 million loss, which would increase their unfunded liability by $ 150 million.

For more details contact:
DERRICK OSOBASE


TSEU AUSTIN Office
512.448.4225


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fwd: TSEU Legislative Update: Lobby Day 2011, great job! Now what?


Subject: TSEU Legislative Update: Lobby Day 2011, great job! Now what?
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TEXAS STATE EMPLOYEES UNION / CWA LOCAL 6186

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For more details contact:
DERRICK OSOBASE
or
MIMI GARCIA


TSEU AUSTIN Office
512.448.4225


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Join the TSEU urgent action network
It will not be over on April 6. The all-out struggle over the state budget and other issues will continue. One way to make a difference is to members all around the state who are ready to call/write/email legislators at a moment's notice. Ready to take part? Send an email to TSEU Legislative Director Derrick Osobase: Put "urgent action YES" in your subject line.

 

TSEU
Legislative Update
April 12, 2011

In this Issue:
TSEU Lobby Day: Great Job! Now what?

State worker Furlough Bill Pending in Committee

Representative Callegari attacks longevity pay!

Alert: Be on the watch for a Survey by Texas Public Employees Association


Appropriations Committee
Chair: Rep. Jim Pitts
512-463-0516

Vice Chair:
Rep. Sylvester Turner
512-463-0554

Members:
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock
512-463-0684

Rep. Angie Chen Button.
512-463-0486

Rep. Warren Chisum.
512-463-0736

Rep. Myra Crownover.
512-463-0582

Rep. Drew Darby.
512-463-0331

Rep. Dawnna Dukes.
512-463-0506

Rep. Craig Eiland.
512-463-0502

Rep. Helen Giddings.
512-463-0953

Rep. Lance Gooden
512-463-0458

Rep. Scott Hochberg
512-463-0492

Rep. Eric Johnson
512-463-0586

Rep. Susan King
512-463-0718

Rep. Dee Margo
512-463-0728

Rep. Armando Martinez
512-463-0616

Rep. Ruth Jones
McClendon
512-463-0708

Rep. Doug Miller
512-463-0325

Rep. Geanie Morrison
512-463-0456

Rep. John Otto
512-463-0570

Rep. Diane Patrick
512-463-0624

Rep. Debbie Riddle
512-463-0572

Rep. Charles Schwertner
512-463-0309

Rep. Mark Shelton
512-463-0608

Rep. Raul Torres
512-463-0484

Rep. Mike Villarreal
512-463-0532

Rep. John Zerwas
512-463-0657

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Calendars Committee
Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter
512-463-0672

Vice Chair:
Rep. Dennis Bonnen
512-463-0564

Members:
Rep. Dan Branch
512-463-0367

Rep. Garnet Coleman
512-463-0524

Rep. Byron Cook
512-463-0730

Rep. Charlie Geren
512-463-0610

Rep. Jim Keffer
512-463-0656

Rep. Tracy O. King
512-463-0194

Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst
512-463-0600

Rep. Eddie Lucio III
512-463-0606

Rep. Allan Ritter
512-463-0706

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez
512-463-0674

Rep. Burt R. Solomons
512-463-0478

Rep. Vicki Truitt
512-463-0690

Rep. John Zerwas
512-463-0657

 

 

TSEU LOBBY DAY 2011:
GREAT JOB! Now what?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 was the biggest Lobby Day in the history of TSEU. Working in coalition with Texas Forward, the Texas Organizing Project, and various CWA locals across the state as well as several other unions, the press reported nearly 5,000 people came to the capitol to demand better for the people of Texas.

TSEU members met with over 151 state legislators to discuss concerns over the state budget, increased costs for to health care and pensions, and attacks on State Supported Living Centers, the Texas Youth Commission, and state services.

Our fight for a better Texas is gaining momentum, but the fight is far from over. The Texas Senate is expecting to vote the budget out of the Finance committee this week, with minimal improvements over the house version. The budget will be brutal for the people of Texas, even if the entire Rainy Day Fund was used. We have the opportunity to build the real infrastructure to change budget outcomes for years to come, but only if we seize this moment now.

We need to keep the heat high on the legislature right now, and you can make this happen.

  • Organize! It is imperative that the politicians understand that this movement is fueled by a constantly growing organization of people who have demonstrated their commitment to fight back no matter how long it takes. Your friends, colleagues, and office mates need to join you in the fight by joining their union.
  • .Mobilize! The "Stop the Cuts" post cards should be going to every member of the legislature by the thousands, daily. Everyone you know should send in a card and get the people they know to send it in too.
  • .Get your local governments to oppose the budget. When the state fails to fund programs, often cities and counties are left with the bill. Go to your local county courts and city councils and ask them to pass resolutions against the drastic budget cuts. Contact Mimi Garcia at TSEU at mgarcia@cwa-tseu.org for more information.

 


 

TSEU opposes the furlough bill in appropriations committee, while another employee group takes no position and thanks the author for provisions with bill
State worker furlough bill pending in committee

On April 7th, the House Appropriations Committee heard HB 2720 by Chairman Pitts which gives authority to state agency and university executives to institute a furlough program. Although the bill only gives state agencies the authority and doesn't mandate furloughs, the implications of such a program would inevitably have long term negative effects on the state workforce.

When agency or university workers are furloughed, the work they complete does not go away. Workers are expected to complete the same level of work with less time and fewer resources. The increased pressure to complete the same job functions in less time with decreased salary will create significant increases in employee turnover and decreases in worker productivity.

Furloughs of employees in revenue-generating agencies will cost Texas money in lost revenue. In California, where a three-day per month furlough was implemented, tax revenue losses from reduced tax collection were $363 million.

Disruptions of state services have a larger impact on the broader economy in Texas. Loss of productivity will include delays in business licensing, longer waiting periods for social and protective services, and hazardous food safety from decreased inspections. In Hawaii, where state worker furloughs have been in effect since July 2010, restaurant health inspections have been reduced dramatically as a result of the furloughs.

The Texas Public Employees Association took "no position" on the bill. In their representative's testimony, he thanked the author of the bill for not making the furlough program mandatory for putting provisions within that protect retirement and health care benefits. He went on to say, that some state agencies would have to exclude some workers because the nature of their jobs and the savings from such a program would be minimal.

TSEU's Legislative Director, Derrick Osobase testified against the bill. Here is a full testimony:

We respectfully oppose HB 2720, which gives agencies the ability to institute a furlough program. Firstly furloughs are counter- productive to state agencies core functions, which is to serve the public. Furloughs have been shown to hurt productivity of workers, by forcing agencies and employees to complete the same tasks with less time and fewer resources.
The consequences of the implementation of such a program will result in thousands of state employees leaving the state workforce because workloads would be unbearable and the drastic pay cut (12%) in salary to state employees, that would be impossible to absorb. For an employee making the median salary of about $36,000 a year, if this plan was implemented, employees could be looking at $360 reduction in pay per month.
We should remember what happened in 2003 when the legislature passed HB 2292 in efforts to save the state money. We directed HHCS to privatize eligibility services. Four thousand state employees were given their pink slip, and were told that they were no longer needed. Thousands of state employees left the state for other jobs or retired. Months later the privatization scheme failed miserably, over 100,000 kids were kicked off CHIP (the state's health care program for children) and other Texans experienced long delays in getting services. Without state employees there to provide these critical services, we could possibly repeat what happened during that time.
By ERS's own information we have about 18,000 state employees currently eligible for retirement. This bill will have them running to the doors.
Furloughs will also make it extremely difficult for state agencies that are already having trouble attracting and retaining qualified state employees (in our SSLC's 31%, TYC 23%, and CPS caseworker 25%). And this is occurring while the state is experiencing one of the worst recessions in history.
We understand the pressures on this committee to come up with savings. But furloughing state employees will only hurt the delivery of services and will equate to additional cut to services
Any short term saving will surely be outweighed by the delays in services most Texans will surely experience and by rehiring cost brought on by the massive exodus by state employees.

House bill 2720 remains pending committee. TSEU will be working with friends on the committee to stop the bill.

What can you do:
We must step up our efforts to delay this bill in committee. With the other state employee group deciding to sit on the sidelines and praising provision within a bill that is designed to place more work on employees, for less pay, it is up to TSEU members and state employees who think this is bad policy to stand up.

Call members of the Appropriations Committee TODAY (see list in left column)
Tell/Ask them:

State employees are against any furlough program. HB2720 will hurt our ability to provide quality and timely state services to Texas families. Turnover in many of our state agencies is dangerously high; furloughing state employees will make it even harder to attract and retain qualified employees. HB 2720 will equate to just another cut in services.

Will you oppose HB 2720?

 


 

Rep Callegari attacks longevity pay!

House Bill 3168 by Callegari will eliminate longevity pay as compensation for all state employees and replace it with merit pay. TSEU opposed this bill in committee, but unfortunately most of the members on the committee have expressed support for this bill. We anticipate this bill will be voted out of committee this week. TSEU will work with members of the calendars committee to delay this bill and stop it from coming to the floor of the house.

What can you do:
We need to get calls in to members on the calendars committee.

Call members of the Calendars Committee TODAY (see list in left column)
Tell/Ask them:

I oppose eliminating longevity pay for current and future state employees.

  • Longevity is an incentive that keeps good employees on the job.
  • Even in a recession, state agencies are experiencing high turnover. Eliminating longevity pay will only exacerbate this problem.
  • Longevity pay ultimately save sthe state money by rewarding state employees who dedicate their careers to public service and reducing rehiring costs for state agencies.

Will Representative _____ oppose eliminating longevity pay for state employees and commit to keeping this bill off the floor?


What is Longevity Pay?

Full-time employees are eligible to receive longevity pay after two years of accrued state service credit. Eligible employees are paid $20 per month for every two years of lifetime service credit and will receive longevity pay increases after each additional two years of service, up to and including 42 years of service.

YEARS OF SERVICE and MONTHLY LONGEVITY PAY
. Less than 2 years - $0
. Greater than 2 and less than 4 years - $20
. Greater than 4 and less than 6 years - $40
. Greater than 6 and less than 8 years - $60
. Greater than 8 and less than 10 years - $80
. Greater than 10 and less than 12 years - $100
. Greater than 12 and less than 14 years - $120
. Greater than 14 and less than 16 years - $140
. Greater than 16 and less than 18 years - $160
. Greater than 18 and less than 20 years - $180
. Greater than 20 and less than 22 years - $200
. Greater than 22 and less than 24 years - $220
. Greater than 24 and less than 26 years - $240
. Greater than 26 and less than 28 years - $260
. Greater than 28 and less than 30 years - $280
. Greater than 30 and less than 32 years - $300
. Greater than 32 and less than 34 years - $320
. Greater than 34 and less than 36 years - $340
. Greater than 36 and less than 38 years - $360
. Greater than 38 and less than 40 years - $380
. Greater than 40 and less than 42 years - $400
. Greater than 42 years - $420

Longevity pay helps the state retain skilled and qualified state employees. The majority of state agency employees make under $50,000 a year. State employees haven't had a pay raise in almost five years; longevity is the only increase in salary that state employees can count on. Overall salaries of state employees have eroded and due to cost increases in health care and the pension contribution, we've seen our take home pay further reduced.

 


 

Alert: Be on the watch for a Survey by Texas Public Employees Association

We've got it from reliable sources that TPEA may be sending out an employee survey regarding health care cost. We urge our members and other state employees not to participate in this survey. Last session TPEA sent out a survey to state employees regarding our pension plan. They used the results from that survey in public legislative hearings to endorse HB 2559 that resulted in the reduction of pension benefits for current and future state employees. Some of the provisions within the bill made it harder to return to work after employees retired, raised the active employees' contribution to the pension fund, and weaken the rule of 80.

State employees and retirees have seen the purchasing power of their pay checks and annuities eroded over the last decade, without equitable pay raises or adjustments in annuities. We have also seen our health care costs skyrocket making harder for state employees, retirees, and our families to absorb the costs.

State employees didn't cause this budget crisis and we should not have to be the ones to bear the burdened either. When things were good and the state's budget ran surpluses neither employees nor retirees got cost of living raises or supplemental funding to offset health care costs.

Surveys that suggest state employees have to pick between bad and worse choices are unacceptable. All state employees and groups that represent them should resist all efforts by lawmakers to force us to choose which cuts are acceptable. Because the real truth is that state employees have taken hits to our pensions, health care, and pay. We should all be stand together to hold the line on what we still have and not be willing to bargain away our benefits to have a seat at the table. Say no to more cuts to our health care.

Join the TSEU urgent action network

The fight did not end April 6th! The all-out struggle over the state budget and other issues will continue. One way to make a difference is to members all around the state who are ready to call/write/email legislators at a moment's notice.

Ready to take part? Send an email to TSEU Legislative Director Derrick Osobase, dosobase@cwa-tseu.org: Put "urgent action YES" in your subject line.


To add/remove your name to/from the list for these broadcasts:
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Fwd: 5000 = success for Lobby Day/Save Our State rally


Subject: 5000 = success for Lobby Day/Save Our State rally
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TEXAS STATE EMPLOYEES UNION / CWA LOCAL 6186

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5000 = success
for our Lobby Day /
Save our State rally


Organizations, sponsors or organizers that participated

Texas Forward Coalition:
co-sponsored the march and rally

CWA Local 6215 (Dallas):
6 buses + 50 more who drove

Texas Organizing Project (Dallas, Houston, & the Valley):
6 buses

League of Young Voters (Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern, Univ of Houston):
4 buses

CWA Local 6222 (Houston):
2 buses

CWA Local 6201 (Fort Worth):
1 bus

Texans Together (Houston):
1 bus

Teamsters Union (Dallas):
1 bus

State Rep. Sylvester Turner (Houston):
2 buses

State Rep. Joaquin Castro (San Antonio):
1 bus

State Rep. Mike Villarreal (San Antonio):
1 bus

Others: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen,
CWA Local 6151 (Verizon statewide),
American Federation of Teachers (from several cities),
Amalgamated Transit Union,
Texas Impact, CWA 6139 (Beaumont),
Steelworkers (Texas City &Tyler),
CWA 6127 (Midland),
Education Austin,
AFSCME/CEC (prison workers union),
SEIU (Houston & San Antonio),
CWA 6129 (Harlingen),
Planned Parenthood (McAllen),
Teamsters (San Antonio),
Sheet Metal Workers Union (Beaumont)

 

Statewide coalition is a grassroots movement against the cuts

5000 Texans marched from Waterloo Park to the Texas Capitol last Wednesday. Most visited their legislators after the rally. The message was loud and clear. TSEU members and thousands of other Texans are mad, determined, and committed. Various estimates at attendance were from 3000 to 5000. It sent a strong, clear message to legislators that they have to find better answers than to slash funding for state services and education, and that Texans want them for forget about furloughs, pension cuts, health care cuts, and layoffs for state employees.

Around half of the people there were TSEU members, co-workers, family, and friends. Thousands of others were there because they understand that the budget cuts will hurt all Texans. The Save our State mobilization was united on four key points:

  • Cancel the cuts. They will hurt all Texans
  • Use the Rainy Day Fund.
  • Maximize federal funds.
  • Increase revenue

Press coverage, photos, video:
go to the LOBBY DAY PAGE of the TSEU website

Go to the link on TSEU's web site for:
press coverage including newspapers, on-line news blogs, and TV coverage
photos of the rally / TSEU video footage / The site will be updated daily.
Also, stay in touch with our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CWA.TSEU


What to do now:
Don't bask in the warm glow – turn up the heat!

It will take a lot more than one big rally to turn the Texas Legislature around. We have to move quickly to make sure that this is a sustained push. The pressure in the Legislature to slash the state budget, with state employees taking a big part of the hit, is still extreme. Even if the Senate version of a budget dominates final product, it will still be a disaster for all Texans, particularly state and school district employees.

Get your co-workers off the sidelines– sign them up into the union today. It is imperative that the politicians understand that this movement is fueled by a constantly growing organization of people who have demonstrated their commitment to fight back no matter how long it takes.

Get thousands of post cards. They send a real message if there are enough of them. Contact your TSEU committee member, organizer, or any TSEU office for details and materials.

Get a resolution! Get your city or county government, chamber or commerce, PTA, or other group to take a stand against the cuts. TSEU has information on what the cuts would mean for every county in the state. Contact your TSEU committee member, organizer, or any TSEU office for details and materials

For more details contact:
MIKE GROSS


TSEU AUSTIN OFFICE
512.448.4225


www.cwa-tseu.org

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