WHEREAS, the State of California has been withdrawing public resources to the University of California, and inflicted the unprecedented cut of $750 million from the UC’s budget in the year 2011-12;
WHEREAS, the proportion of the UC’s budget funded by the state fell almost by half in the past twenty years;
WHEREAS, the drastic defunding of public education in California has led to deteriorating working conditions and wages for the academic workers of the University of California system that UAW 2865 represents, as well as to devastation of affordable, high-quality public education in California;
WHEREAS, California Governor Jerry Brown has announced his budget proposal for the year 2012-13 on January 5th, 2012;
WHEREAS, Governor Brown’s proposed budget inflicts further waves of austerity on public education on the scale of $2.4 billion, health care and welfare programs, as well as further $200 million cuts to the UC system in the absence of revenue from the tax initiative that he promotes;
WHEREAS, Governor Brown’s tax initiative contains a significant regressive component in the form of sales tax increase and is scheduled to expire in 2016;
WHEREAS, UAW 2865 has publicly expressed support for the Millionaires Tax initiative organized by a coalition of trade union locals, community activist groups and student associations, which Governor Brown rejects;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that UAW 2865 opposes Governor Brown’s 2012-13 budget proposal.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that UAW 2865 urges Governor Brown and members of the California Legislature to support the proposed tax on millionaires
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that UAW 2865 will announce its opposition to the Governor’s budget proposal and its support for the Millionaires Tax initiative to its membership and major media outlets in California.
– adopted at the January 21st 2012 Joint Council Meeting