Facility Referendum endorsements

I am pleasantly surprised by the number of groups that are publicly endorsing the Unit 4 facility referendum – you can read more about it on the “YES” campaign facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Yes4ChampaignSchools/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

To date, the groups include:

  • Champaign Federation of Teachers (CFT)
  • Champaign Educational Support Professionals (CESP)
  • Champaign County League of Women Voters (LWV)
  • Keep Central Central (KCC)
  • Champaign County Young Democrats
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149
  • AFL-CIO of Champaign County
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 601

 

And in case you missed it, Stephanie Stuart, Kathy Richards and Amy Armstrong had a live “facebook” chat – I encourage you to watch/listen to the chat and read the comments posted by participants:

 

Board members continue to actively meet with various stakeholders. At the October 11th Board Meeting, several meetings were mentioned, including an opportunity the PTA Council had to interact with the board and the administration at the Mellon Center on October 13th.

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3 Responses to “Facility Referendum endorsements”

  1. mstegeorge Says:

    Great to hear!

  2. Vav Says:

    I’m surprised that you’re surprised by this list.
    – CFT’s support was bought and paid for
    – CESP would have no reason not to be in favor
    – Labor Unions are supporting because it is a huge win for them and their members
    – KCC would have a difficult time not supporting given their previous activity

    The only one of these that is not an obvious supporter to me is LWV and that is just because I don’t know much about this organization.

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      Vav,

      But wait, were you pleasantly surprised? 🙂

      Labor Unions and KCC – fine, totally agree.

      CFT and CESP – having chatted with the folks in the negotiating room, the impression I get is that the outright support of the referendum was in fact not “bought and paid for” via contract negotiations. If you have evidence to the contrary, please share it. It is my understanding that the CFT decision makers waffled between remaining neutral or being public about their support. CESP could also have remained neutral. In fact, in the August 12 issue of the News-Gazette, the CFT President is quoted as saying “[b]uildings are important, but it’s what happens inside our schools that needs attention.”

      And what about the Young Democrats? What obvious reason do they have to support the referendum? 🙂


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