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PVFT Newsletter, May 2011

PVFT Newsletter, May 2011

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May 2011
In This Issue...
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Week of Action ............................................................................. 1End of Year Rights ....................................................................... 1PVFT Joins Statewide Action Week, May 9-13 ......................... 2-6PVFT End of Year Celebration! .................................................... 8PVUSD 2011-2012 Calendar Voting Results ............................... 9PVFT Upcoming Events ............................................................... 9Local Businesses Support Unionized Teachers .......................... 11Connect Online ........................................................................... 12Comics, Puzzle & More .............................................................. 12
See ACTION • page 6
Local 1936
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
AFT-CFT AFL-CIO
NEWSLETTER
NEWSLETTER
By Francisco Rodriguez 
Know Your  Year-End Rights
S
ummer is almost here, but beforeyou pack up and leave, it’simportant to take the opportunity toreview your site file. Make anappointment with your principaland ask to see your site "working"file. It should be cleaned out at thispoint except for any officialevaluation forms.
Know your contract:
Article IX. B.4 No later thanthree (3) weeks before the endof each academic year, theprincipal/supervisor shallreview the working file.Materials in the working fileshall be either sent to theemployee’s official personnelfile or destroyed at that time.
By Gabriana Marks
O
n April 16, the CaliforniaFederation of Teachers ExecutiveCouncil voted to support the May9–13 Education Week of Action.This week of collective action bymembers and locals of CFT ismeant to send a message to thepeople of California and our legislators that the educationcommunity won’t stay silent in theface of massive budget cuts toeducation and vital services.
What are the goals?
1. Pass tax extensions in currentbudget: We must convince 2/3 of the legislature to vote to pass thetax extensions. This will require thesupport of two Republicans in eachhouse. Without the extension of thetaxes that will expire on June 30,the state general fund revenueswill decrease by $8.5 billion. Thiswill then cause funding for education to be cut at least $2billion at a minimum and up to $4.5billion by most projections. This ison top of the more than $18 billiondollars over the last 3 years and$1.5 billion cut to higher educationfor next year alone. To prevent thiscontinuous slide backwards, thelegislature must vote to extendthese about-to-expire taxes.2. Progressive Tax Education: Wemust educate our members andthe community at large on the needto build local and statewidecoalitions for progressive taxreform that force the corporationsand the wealthy to pay their fair share. Over the past 30 years, thetax burden has shifted to workingand middle class Californians whilethe corporations and the wealthyhave seen their tax rates cutleaving the state unable to pay for education and other vital socialservices.3. Pass AB 1130: “1% on the top
Week of Action: May 9-13
12.2
million
No. of members represented by AmericanFederation of Labor-Congressof Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
See RIGHTS • page 10
 
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Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter 
May 2011
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Legislative
 
Our California State Representatives:
Senator Sam Blakeslee Senator Anthony Cannella
Capitol Address District Address Capitol Address District Office
State Capitol, Room 4070 1104 Palm Street State Capitol, Room 3048 369 Main St., Ste. 208Sacramento, CA 94228 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Sacramento, CA 95814 Salinas, CA 93901916.651.4015 805.549.3784 916.651.4012 831.769.8040
Assembly Member Luis Alejo Assembly Member Bill Monning
Capitol Address District Address Capitol Address District Office
State Capitol, Room 2137 100 W Alisal Street, Ste. 134 State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849 701 Ocean St., 318-BSacramento, CA 94249 Salinas, CA 93901 Sacramento, CA 94249 Santa Cruz, CA 95060916.319.2028 831.759.8676 916.319.2027 831.425.1503
Monday, May 9: Focus on Legislative Activities
What Can You Do?
Contactyour statelegislators!
T
ell them to
pass the taxextensions
tomaintainrevenue. Tellthem to
passAssembly Bill1130
to restoretax equality.
Go to cft.org
 to fill out a cardof support thatwill bedelivered to theState Capitol.
A
 
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Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter 
May 2011
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Every parent
Tuesday, May 10: EducateWho PaysTaxes inCalifornia?
F
ormer Supreme Court JusticeOliver Wendell Holmes once notedthat, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” State and localtaxes support our public schools,streets and highways, publichospitals that form the backbone of the state’s trauma care system,parks and beaches, the publichealth infrastructure that ensuresthat our food is safe to eat and our water is safe to drink (and thatdelivers water to homes acrossCalifornia), as well as a range of other services. While the primarypurpose of a tax system is to raisethe money needed to supportpublic services, tax policy can alsoserve as an end in itself, providingincentives for taxpayers to engagein desired activities or providingcash assistance to certainindividuals. Tax day — the dayCalifornians are required to filetheir income tax returns —provides an opportunity to look atwho pays taxes in California, whospent 7.8 percent of their incomeon state and local taxes.doesn’t and how California’s taxsystems compare to those of other states.Measured as a share of familyincome, California’s lowest-incomefamilies pay the most in taxes. Thebottom fifth of the state’s non-elderly families, with an averageincome of $12,600, spent 11.1percent of their income on stateand local taxes. In comparison, thewealthiest 1 percent, with anaverage income of $2.3 million,
 
11.1%9.6%8.9%8.5%8.2%8.7%7.8%0%2%4%6%8%10%12%Bottom FifthSecond FifthMiddle FifthFourth FifthNext 15 PercentNext 4 PercentTop 1 Percent
    T   a   x   e   s   a   s   a    P   e   r   c   e   n    t   a   g   e   o    f    F   a   m    i    l   y    I   n   c   o   m   e    f   o   r    N   o   n  -    E    l    d   e   r    l   y    T   a   x   p   a   y   e   r   s
The Lowest-Income Families Pay the Largest Share of Their Income in State and Local Taxes
Includes the Temporary Tax Increases Enacted in the February 2009 Budget Agreement
Note: Includes offset for federal deductability of state taxes.Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
How much do Californians pay in state and local taxes?
Excerpted from California Budget Project Policy Points, April 2011The California Budget Project (CBP) was founded in1994 to provide Californians with a source of timely,objective, and accessible expertise on state fiscal and economic policy issues. The CBP engages inindependent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policiesaffecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. General operating support for the CBP is provided by foundation grants,subscriptions, and individual donations. Please visit the CBP’swebsite at www.cbp.org.
What Can You Do?
A
ttend tonight’s
Watsonville City CouncilMeeting
, which beginsat 6:30 p.m. and is held at:Civic Center Plaza275 Main Street, Suite 400Watsonville, CA
A
ttend the
All PVFT End-of-Year Meeting
onThursday, May 19 at theDistrict Office Board Room
(see page 9 for more info).
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