March 22, 2014, 10:00 AM
Moura Senior HousingEvie
400 South Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
10:00 AM Welcome
Pledge of Allegiance
10:05 Secretary’s Report Cerri
Minutes of February 15, 2014 Meeting
10:10 Treasurer Report No Report
• Accept Treasurer Resignation (Deferred from Feb 15 Meeting)
• Elect New Treasurer
• Swear in New Treasurer
10:30 Old Business:
1. Central Committee/Subcommittee Appointments
2. Mendocino County Board and Commission Vacancies
3. Meeting Speakers Suggestions
4. 2014 Work Plan (See below)
5. Public Relations/Web Page Report Carter/Hayman
6. Rules Committee Report No Report
7. Act ion of Administration Committee Report Items Crosby
Republican Central Committee
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 15, 2014
Present: Chair, Stan Anderson, Carol Crosby, Vice Chair, BB Grace, Treasurer, Dennis Liberty, Mark Cerri, Secretary, Mike Carter, Evelyn Hayman, Russell Kinsey, Kathleen Johnson, and ex officio member, Lawrence Wiesner.
Call to Order: Chair Anderson called the meeting to order 10:00 AM at the Margie Handley’s home in Willits and led the salute to the flag.
Secretary’s Report: Submitted by Cerri/Anderson: Minutes Accepted with one revision from Grace: item regarding Dennis Liberty’s test donation using the PayPal button that appeared in New Business under Fundraising should be moved to item #6 under old business of Jan. 25 Minutes.
The March meeting has been postponed be of of the CRP Convention being held in Burlingame at the Hyatt Regancy, please . Meeting will take place in Ft Bragg, 10:00am - 12:00 noon on March 22nd 2014.
Please be advised of the change in the location of February's Meeting.
235 HAEHL CREEK COURT, WILLITS
If you'd like to make special arrangements for the CRP 2014 Spring Convention.
Please excuse the mess up with the January 25th meeting!! It will be held in the UKIAH location at 10:00am, at Henny Penny Restarant. Sorry for the mix up.
Please refer to the meeting page too.
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The Heritage Foundation published this great fact sheet on public employee unions that might be useful in your conversations about the Wisconsin situation.
What Is Government Collective Bargaining?
- Legal Monopoly: Government collective bargaining gives unions a monopoly on the government’s workforce. The government must employ workers on the terms the union negotiates. It may not hire competing workers.
- Private vs. Public-Sector: Unions operate differently in government than in the private sector. Private-sector unions bargain over limited profits. Competition from other businesses moderates wage demands. Governments earn no profits and have no competition. Government unions negotiate for more tax dollars.
- Risking Public Services: When government unions strike, they can deprive citizens of essential services—such as education for children—until demands are met.
History of Government Collective Bargaining
- Unions Once Rejected: Early labor leaders didn’t believe unions belonged in government. In 1955, George Meany, then-president of the AFL-CIO, said: “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.” In 1959 the AFL-CIO Executive Council declared, “In terms of accepted collective bargaining procedures, government workers have no right beyond the authority to petition Congress—a right available to every citizen.”
- FDR: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) gave unions extensive powers to bargain collectively in the private sector but excluded them from government. FDR believed collective bargaining had no place in public service and that a government strike was “unthinkable and intolerable.”
- A Change of Heart: Union membership peaked in the private sector in the 1950s. Unions came to see government employees as valuable new dues-paying members. Some states, like VA and NC, still do not negotiate public spending with government unions. 52% of union members in the U.S. now work for a government.
The Consequences of Government Collective Bargaining
- Leverage over Government: Granting unions a monopoly over work done in government gives unions enormous leverage over budgets and taxes. Unions use this power to raise taxes and get more of the budget spent on them.
- Inflated Government Pay: Government unions win above-market compensation for their members. The average government employee enjoys better health benefits, better pensions, better job security, and an earlier retirement than the average private-sector worker, although cash wages are typically not inflated at the state or local level.
- Forced Union Dues: In the 28 non-right-to-work states, unions negotiate provisions that force government employees to pay union dues or get fired. This brings government unions billions of dollars.
- Politicized Civil Service. Government unions have the power to elect the management they negotiate with, so they spend heavily to elect politicians who promise them concessions. Government unions were the top political spenders, outside the two major parties, in the 2010 election cycle.
What about Wisconsin?
- In Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker (R) is reforming collective bargaining. His proposal restores voter control over most spending decisions but does not completely eliminate collective bargaining.
- Reforms: Walker’s proposal restricts government unions to negotiating over wages only, and not benefits or work rules (such as job guarantees for failing teachers). Voters would have to approve any wage increase beyond inflation. Unions would have to demonstrate that they have the support of a majority of members through an annual secret ballot. Wisconsin would stop subsidizing union fundraising by collecting union dues through its payroll system, and would no longer fire workers who choose not to pay union dues.
- Is This Union Busting? A union is only “busted” if its members are forced to quit the union. Giving employees the choice to pay or not pay expensive dues is hardly union busting. Under Walker’s plan, Wisconsin unions would still have considerably more negotiating power than even federal employee unions.
For more information, please visit: www.heritage.org
The Assembly Republican Caucus released this document providing statistics on "California Private Sector Job Loss vs. State Employee Job Cost." The key numbers are:
Real Facts: California Private Sector Job Loss vs. State Employee Job Cost
12.3% California Unemployment Rate 2.24M Californians currently listed as unemployed -1,298,700 Private sector jobs lost in California since 2005 +38,100 State government jobs added since 2005 $55,000 Average California private sector job salary $3,600 Average state taxes paid by each private sector employee $90,000 Average cost to taxpayers to pay salary and benefits for each California government job 25 Private sector jobs it takes to support one government job
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