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Inside CFT: CFT joins labor and community allies to call out Taxpayer Deception Act

CFT joins labor and community allies to call out Taxpayer Deception Act

On Wednesday CFT President Jeff Freitas was joined by nurses, firefighters, and community allies to call out a dangerous and deceitful initiative headed toward the November ballot that would limit the ability of voters and state and local government to fund services, including schools.

While the ultra-wealthy real estate developers and landlords who are putting the Taxpayer Deception Act on the ballot want us to think this measure would help the average taxpayer, it would actually create new loopholes that lower their taxes and help them avoid paying their fair share.

According to the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office, the measure would cut billions from state and local services, forcing deep cuts to local public schools, public safety, and other essential programs.

Keep an eye out for this deceitful initiative and look for ways to get involved in the months ahead to defeat it.

Tell Congress to repeal the WEP and GPO

Two provisions of the Social Security Act—the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset—substantially reduce or eliminate the earned Social Security benefits of the millions of retired teachers and public employees who contributed to Social Security through other employment. Thousands more are penalized every year as they retire from public service because their state, municipality or school district does not participate in the Social Security system. It’s time for Congress to fix this; tell them to repeal the WEP and the GPO. Sign the AFT petition today.

April 26 retirement workshop for community college faculty

The CFT Community College Council and AFT 1521 will host a CalSTRS retirement workshop for all full and part-time faculty on Friday April 26, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. You are invited to participate in this great learning opportunity to better understand your benefits. Learn more about CalSTRS programs, how to determine which retirement program you’re paying into, and more retirement considerations. Register here.

May 2 Know Your Rights training and GSA issues survey

GSA Network staff and CFT member leaders are offering a Know Your Rights training to Middle and High School staff and students who work with GSAs and Trans, Queer, and Two-Spirit +(TQ2S+) clubs in California. The next training will take place on May 2 at 4:00 p.m. For more information on the training, and a link to a GSA issues survey, click here.

Celebrating Earth Day

The mission of Earth Day is to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet. Check out this CFT resource page for more on CFT’s climate justice efforts, as well as useful links to celebrate Earth Day.

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