Posted at PeaceAndFreedom.org:
The Peace and Freedom Party protests the continuing attacks on public workers, and on the vital services they provide to Californians. We oppose all wage cuts, furloughs, and costly privatization schemes. We urge all public workers to unite against the attacks, and all private-sector workers to unite with them in defense of the rights, the working conditions, and the wages of all workers. Demagogues in the Legislature blame public workers for all of California’s economic problems, even though the actual source of the budget deficit is the craven failure of the legislature to impose fair taxes on the wealthiest Californians and their corporations.
We offer practical support, not just advice, to unions that are under attack. We urge union members to seek political independence from the corporate Republican and Democratic Parties, and we would be happy to welcome labor candidates on our ballot line to oppose the corporate politicians. We point out that reliance on corporate Democratic Party politicians has resulted in failure after failure, with the Democratic Party uniting with the Republicans in chopping staffs, wages and benefits every time the budget comes to a vote, while giving additional breaks to corporations each time as well. Instead of reliance on the never-dependable Democrats, labor needs united mass action to resist each attack, and take the initiative in pushing for the changes working people need.
Adopted by the officers of the Peace and Freedom Party on 11-September-2009