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Monday, March 26, 2007

CA tax windfall brings labor strife

This year's budget for education in California is one of the richest in years. Statewide, the Legislature poured $5.2 billion more into the schools than the year before - more than a 10 percent increase. And what's the result? A union "no-confidence" vote against the superintendent of the Gateway Unified School District. A similar union protest vote at the Anderson Union High School District, along with an apparent "sickout" at Anderson High on Thursday. Red-clad pickets at Redding School District board meetings. The state's university system won a comparable budget increase, and with similar appreciation the professors union last week authorized a strike across the Cal State system. (Forget coal miners. Apparently college professors have become the vanguard of the proletariat.)