United Campus Workers Candidate Questionnaire
United Campus Workers - Communications Workers of America local 3865 is a statewide union of public higher education employees, fighting for dignity, justice, and equity on campus and in our communities. For nearly twenty years, we have organized working people to stand together for power. With more than 2,000 members across the state, and belonging to the 1,000,000+ member Communications Workers of America, UCW can be an important political ally. This form is for candidates seeking our endorsement as they run for office. We look forward to working with leaders who stand for the interests of the working class and the common good, and holding politicians who don't accountable for their actions!
Our members expect candidates to stand up with us on our core issues and be outspoken advocates for economic and social justice. Let us know what you think about the following issues, any history you have working on them, and how you plan to lead policy change.
Living wages for all working people *
Your answer: The deal with workers in America is that 40 hours of work should be sufficient to pay for one to live. increasingly , we should look at who's dealing, because over time the arrangement has eroded and we're left asking if some of the cards are not being dealt fairly, and if the deck is stacked.
Stopping the privatization of public jobs & services *
Your answer: Privatization in the guise of cost-savings is essentially dealing a pair of aces to a friend at the table. Procurement processes are often up the sleeve in the backroom. Also in doing so, they can make it a dark process a hands-down face-card , where we should be adding light and transparency. Meanwhile, we may have some jacks in the pack downtown trying to trade in one public service after another and making the local neighborhoods ante up, even when they're not down for the payout or bought-in on the process. The main problems in the privatization procedure is its lack of democratic oversight and the ability strip the public of public goods and workers of their honest dealings. It shouldn't take a joker in the pack to chip in, so please feel free to deal me in at www.theCHITshow.com where I further discuss the impact of money on the table, under the table, and in tabled motions and the ability we have in this time to deal out thru participatory budgeting.
Union rights & workers' rights *
Your answer: They wanna play kings, so lets do spades and make it a team sport, allowing both sides of the table to organize. I am a graduate of a union apprenticeship program thru the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and was a member for several years eventually rising to General Foreman scale by the age of 32. I retired my UBC card when I became a member of SAG as a recurring series regular on a locally filmed TV show: “Still the King” on CMT.
Candidate statement - anything else you would like us to consider? *
1. Expanding the Field:
I'm running an unconventional outsider campaign to inject new ideas into the political discussion that are not being presented by my more-seasoned co-applicants. From Decriminalization of Drug Use and Sex Work to permanent street closures and even entertaining a free public transport network there are ways we can save lives and save money. Permanently ending corporate welfare schemes and implementing Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities/Development Taxes will provide appropriate and fair cost-sharing between our residents and our businesses that will allow for expansion of the priorities that impact residents most- from street safety initiatives (Total Street designs, artwork for traffic calming) to human capital infrastructure improvements in our schools even as encompassing as Universal Pre-K. Its possible folks.
2. Democratization of Decision-making Processes:
From expanding limits on Board membership and providing mroe opportunities for Participatory Budgeting, there are ways we can save lives and save money by thinking big and helping those of our neighbors who suffer from addiction to power. We can limit board-bouncing just as we have applied term limits on elected officials, and get these people the proper help.
Moreover, our election procedures can be updated to provide more democratic outcomes: finally pushing thru IRV/RCV (Instant run-off/Ranked Choice) can be just the beginning. We can also pursue Negative Voting and "None of the Above" options. For instance, its established history now that a percentage of Briley votes from 2018 were actually votes against Carol Swain: we can allow these type of input mechanisms to inform our outcomes better.
To this end, I am also initiating a Campaign Reform Apprenticeship Program, building off my experiences from last year and new approaches this time around to help share my campaign experiences (the glamour and the grit) with the next generation. As we move to a better tomorrow, why not live it today.
3.Damn the Money:
I'm running a money-free campaign: I plan to raise $0 and spend even less. We can live in a future without money corrupting politics by discussing the possibilities now.
Money Talks- We can get serious about addressing a woefully insufficient local minimum wage and then we can get even more serious by discussing a Maximum Wage, whereby publicly funded municipal benefits are not accessible for companies with a CEO:average-wage of 50:1.
Money Walks- we can initiate more money-free campaigns and not treat them as fringe movements by providing more inclusive political discussions and not limiting debates/forums based on campaign contributions. Democracy should be one person/one vote not based on donation Returns-On-Investment. We can lead by example and Damn the Money. "Don’t do it for the money. Do it and Be Damned to the Money."
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