From: CTA - Capital Service Center [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:07 PM
Subject: Local CTA Update: Katrina, Health Care & the Campaign
This has been a very challenging month, both in California and, of course, in the Gulf States. Looking forward, here's some information that may help:
- The National Education Association (NEA) has taken the lead in school-related hurricane relief. In addition to donating more than $500,000 to our colleagues affected by Katrina, the NEA has created an Adopt-a-School program, where your school can "adopt" another in need. To learn more or to contribute, please go to: http://www.nea.org/katrina/index.html
- Frustrated by skyrocketing health care costs? Tired of hearing "it's a national problem; there's not much we can do about it"? We are, too. To combat rising costs and insure better quality care, CTA has joined in partnership with districts, other unions, and private sector employers to create the California Health Care Coalition. And luckily, many of us live in or near two of the health care markets that will be targeted by the Coalition for its initial efforts: Sacramento and Modesto. To learn more about the Coalition and its goals, please go to: http://www.cahealthcarecoalition.org .
After an extremely successful July kickoff in Modesto, the group's next meeting will be in Sacramento on October 17 (if you are a local president, bargaining team member or are particularly interested in this effort and want more information, please feel free reply to this email). Stay tuned for updates on this exciting effort!
- Unfortunately, Campaign 2005 is in full swing. This is not an election we wanted or need, but it is one we must fight. To do your part -- and we need everyone to do his/her part -- please learn more about the issues (http://www.campaign05.org/ and http://www.betterca.com/) and volunteer at one of our local phone banks in Citrus Heights, Sacramento, San Juan, Elk Grove, Folsom-Cordova or Woodland. To volunteer, please contact Kris Dickson at CTA's Citrus Heights Office (916-723-2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Wal-Mart has donated how much in cash, goods, and services for Katrina relief, compared to $500K by the NEA?
2. I'm thinking I should volunteer to work on a phone bank. I'll read from the script--the script that I provide myself!