Race for Governor 2010

July 12, 2010

Jerry Brown, former governor and current attorney general, has long been a friend to working people, advocating for workers’ rights and justice on the job. The Democratic nominee has also been a stalwart supporter of public education, and he signed the Rodda Act into law, which allowed classified school employees to collectively bargain contracts.

The CSEA Board of Directors has endorsed Brown for governor. Association President Allan Clark said Brown has the experience and know-how to help solve the problems facing California.

“Jerry Brown is a friend to CSEA and public education. He signed the law that allowed classified employees the right to bargain our contracts,” Clark said. “With his election, we can work together to return California to the prosperity it once had.”

Brown said that if he is elected governor, he will engage CSEA to confront the issues facing schools, on both state and local levels.

“You have my commitment to work with you as we struggle through this unprecedented and uncertain period,” Brown said.

Brown was elected governor of California in 1974 and reelected in 1978. During his tenure, California built up the largest state surplus ever. His eight years in office are generally considered among the most innovative in California history. He established the first agricultural labor relations law in the country, started the California Conservation Corp, signed into permanent law the California Coastal Protection Act, brought about the country’s first building and appliance energy efficiency standards and made California the leader in solar and alternative energy.

Republican nominee Meg Whitman spent an unprecedented $81 million just to win the June primary. The former eBay CEO is already taking aim at state jobs and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whitman has absolutely no political experience—she rarely even voted in most elections.

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