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Initiative Campaign Kick Off

Initiative Campaign Kick Off

Good afternoon!

Happy California Day of the Teacher! Today has been a good day.

Together with our coalition partners, we kicked off California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act campaign today at this Sacramento news conference (see picture above) to ensure we do not have to go back to the days of massive budget cuts, teacher and school employee layoffs, larger class sizes, elimination of key programs like art and music, and skyrocketing college tuition.

We are just beginning to recover -- and unless we act this November to maintain the taxes on the wealthiest 2% of California's households, our schools could lose as much as $5 billion a year in critical funding.

Thanks to our collective great effort we helped meet the campaign’s goal and are submitting nearly ONE MILLION signatures to begin the qualification process for the November ballot. 

We can't afford to give the wealthiest two percent of Californians a tax break that would result in nearly $5 billion in critical funding being slashed from our children's education every year.

Please stay connected and get regular updates on this campaign by signing up here: http://www.protectingcalifornia.com/act/cta?sc=tp.201605_cta-launch.  We need you to share this link with as many CTA leaders and members as possible so please share this link. You can even share it on your social media page and urge followers and friends to sign up. A text is also going out but we need everyone encouraging folks to sign up.

And speaking of being social…

On TWITTER:   join the critical conversation by following @ProtectingCA and using the hash tag: #CACantGoBack.

On FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/protectingcalifornia

On Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/protectingcalifornia/          

Attached are the latest talking points, fact sheets, Q and A and the news release issued today.

And if you need more information visit: www.protectingcalifornia.com.

As always for additional information on this measure and other important education issues in the upcoming election, visit www.cta.org/campaign2016.

La lucha sigue!

Claudia Briggs, Communications Assistant Manager, California Teachers Association (EST 1863)

916.325.1550 (office) | 916.296.4087 (cell) | cbriggs@cta.org

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403(b) Sales Tactics - Don't Be Fooled

403(b) Sales Tactics - Don't Be Fooled

Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:19:03 -0400

From: "CTAinvest.org" <business_initiatives@cta.org>

Subject: 403(b) Sales Tactics - Don't Be Fooled

The beginning of the school year is here and 403(b) representatives and/or vendors will be gearing up their marketing activities. This may include mailings to your home, email solicitations, or offering you pizza in the faculty lounge.

Some 403(b) vendors will offer to provide you with information on your "State Retirement Benefits" or "Free CalSTRS or CalPERS estimates." These are often used as sales tactics to secure an appointment to sell you an insurance product.

It's easy to use the CalSTRS or CalPERS on-line tool for an estimate of your retirement benefit. Visit http://resources.calstrs.com/CalSTRSComResourcesWebUI/Calculators/Pages/RetirementBenefit.aspx for CalSTRS

or https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/active-members/retirement-benefits/service-disability-retirement/retirement-estimate-calculator for CalPERS.

Or, if you are interested in meeting with a counselor, visit http://www.calstrs.com/local-counseling-offices for a list of offices or to schedule a telephone benefits counseling session or https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/contact for CalPERS. 

You can also visit CTAinvest.org http://ctainvest.org/home.aspx which includes videos, consumer guides, calculators and other tools to help you make an informed decision with your 403(b) or 457 investments.

Don't be pressured into making a quick decision. Some products carry high fees and surrender charges. Before purchasing a product, be sure to ask the representative to disclose ALL fees and commissions, and put their recommendations in writing. Read or download the free CTA guide to SELECTING A 403(b)/457 ADVISOR & Understanding Plan Fees


You have options - check out 403bCompare.com https://www.403bcompare.com/ for a list of 403(b) vendors including disclosure on fees and performance.

Click here to view the web version or Mobile version for the above information from CTA:


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A Report of CTA’s State Council of Education | April 2015

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