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Pasco school employees union urges members to go vote



As a group, Florida school employees have a lot on the line in the Nov. 2 election. Voters will decide the future of school class sizes, local school tax referenda and school board compositions. They'll also be picking the lawmakers who will deal with controversial issues such as teacher compensation and evaluation, standardized testing and education funding.

Yet if Palm Beach County is any indication, teachers aren't voting.

All that in mind, the United School Employees of Pasco is urging its members (and even non-members) to get to the polls:

"Remember many an election has been decided by just one vote! Whatever you do, don’t sit this one out.

Just look at our current negotiations!  Our elected superintendent and school board make decisions that affect us every day: salary freezes, increased paperwork and workloads, benefit reductions; availability of textbooks and equipment; school safety; academic freedom, etc.  On Election Day, we have the chance to change the direction of the school board and negotiations by electing a new majority.  So make sure you, your family and friends VOTE!!! "

Early voting ends Saturday. Election Day runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

[Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 9:45am]


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