ELECT WILL WRIGHT PRESIDENT, CHARLES RACHLIS VP AND GIORGIO COSENTINO TREASURER
The incumbent slate of the CAPS leadership has their collective heads so buried in the sand they can not see the world changing in front of them. The fighting union caucus slate has been admonished for addressing issues beyond the presumed limited interest of state scientists. We are told by the incumbents that CAPS’only interest is our pay, wages and benefits. This would be laudable if indeed the incumbents methodology was able to deliver. But it is not. If it was their method would have worked by now. So all they have to offer is more of the same. Give our money to the politicians who are in the pockets of the billionaires, refuse to link up with the rest of organized labor and the working class who are in the same boat as us, use the power of the board to deny members democratic rights, and keep the money flowing to Blanning and Baker LLc.
Theirs is a formula for failure. They claim the fighting union caucus wants to launch the class struggle. No we do not have the forces to launch it rather we recognize it as reality! As billionaire Warren Buffet said over two years ago, “we are in a class war and my side is winning….although it should not be.” The current leadership does not see the fact that the class struggle has been launched against us and they are ignoring it.
Look across America and the world today, tens of thousands of working people and their unions have joined the # Occupy Wall Street# movement. SEIU 1000 president endorsed #Occupy Sacramento#. Of course she did nothing to mobilize the SEIU membership but we do not expect anything from her except platitudes. The question is why has SEIU 1199 (NY hospital workers), the NY Transit workers union (TWU) and across the county local unions are endorsing these actions? Because the rank and file are fed up and are demanding action. The trade union leaders are playing catch up like they did in Wisconsin. Business and corporate unionism has a job they do for the bosses and that job is to keep the cork in the bottle and put it back in when ever it pops. To defuse the uprising in Wisconsin the sell out trade union leaders fought back the call for General Strike coming from the rank and file and corralled the movement back into petition campaigns to unseat Republicans and replace them with Democrats. It worked in Wisconsin and they hope to do it again. Move-On.org, Van Jones, and Yvonne Walker all have signed on to the #Occupy everywhere# movement with the hope of preparing for the 2012 election by defusing the movement into the Obama campaign which will be starved for troops because he turned his back on the workers after being elected facing and embracing the Bankers.
The incumbent slate in CAPS does not see that our fight must link the CAPS scientists struggle for a fair contract to the struggle of all working people. In NYC on Wednesday the Doctors and Nurses joined the massive demonstration and called for “Free health care for all”. The front line practitioners of medical science unabashedly call for Single payer and universal health care but the Scientists of CAPS are told by the incumbents this is not an issue for CAPS members. Millions have lost their homes and almost all mortgages today are held by or backed by the US government but CAPS leaders tell us foreclosures are not a CAPS members issue. Woman’s right to abortion and child care, jobs for all, free quality education, are issues that the bankers political parties have been attacking but CAPS gives these political parties money! By giving them money you are taking a political position. So when incumbents tell you these are not CAPS issues we have to ask they why do you fund politicians who act on them! These politicians act against the interest of the working class and labor just a quickly as they take the CAPS donation, pocket it and ignore us!
THE CURRENT CAPS LEADERSHIP FAVORS A BANKERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNMENT. THE OPPOSTION SEES THE FUTURE OF CAPS SCIENTISTS AS OPPOSING THE RULE OF THE BANKERS!
THE CAPS FIGHTING UNION CAUCUS ENDORSES THE #OCCUPY WALL ST# MOVEMENT AS A FIRST STEP IN ELEVATING WORKERS TO POWER!
WE WILL NOT HOLD OUR BREATHS WAITING FOR THE INCUMBANTS TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE IN THE STREETS THEY HAVE ALREADY TAKEN SIDES! THEY SIDE WITH THE BOSSES THE CORPORATIONS AND THEIR POLITICAL PARTIES! THEY ARE DOING THE BOSSES JOB IN THE UNION BY DEMOBILIZING, DEMORALIZING AND SELLING OUT THE MEMBERSHIP!
Occupy Oakland begins Monday at 4pm. Occupy Portland, Washington D.C., SF and LA are already underway! The ruling class is starting to freak out as EGYPT comes to AMERICA! CAPS leaders can bury their heads in the sand but that is not leadership!
An injury to one is an injury to all!
For the CAPS FIGHTING UNION CAUCUS
VP CANDIDATE CHARLES RACHLIS YOU TUBE CAMPAIGN VIDEOS:
Two methods of trade unionism face off in the CAPS election United Public Workers for Action forum Sept 22, 2011 Sacramento.
CRITIQUE OF UNDEMOCRATIC PROCEDURES IN CAPS
Further elaboration of undemocratic experiences in CAPS
Beginning of elaboration of Action plan
Follow up on Action Plan
Blanning and Baker Thug H. Mattson Austin Laughed out of court in case against CAPS member Charels Rachlis http://wp.me/p1OGRw-1h
Indy Media coverage of Austin vs. Rachlis
Blanning and Baker’s court strategy fails again: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A127292.PDF
CAPS and PECG appeared as “friends of the court” in this furlough-related appeal by the prison guards union. The union won in the trial court (the trial court ruling was issued before the Cal. Supremes torpedoed most of the anti-furlough arguments), but lost on appeal – before three of the judges with the most “liberal” reputation in the First District.
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“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.”
IWW founding congress opening statement