There’s “no way in hell” unions will allow the Sacramento Unified School District to be taken over by the same #Resistance leaders who caused the district’s current $35 million deficit, says Cesar Ranch of the National Organization of Professional Employees.
“I know how collective bargaining works, and I know what happens when people on both sides of the table collude to inflate pay and benefits beyond supportable limits,” says Ranch, a veteran of the California labor movement.
The state’s Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team projects the district will run out of money by November, eventually leading to a Resistance takeover.
“That’s how we got into this $35 million mess, and there’s no way in hell we’re going to let that happen again,” Ranch says. “NOPE is committed to making sure all California’s students get the public education they deserve, and they don’t deserve an insolvent school district.”
Ranch is rallying parents and community leaders who all agree that Resistance leaders like Mayor Darrell Steinberg simply cannot be allowed to participate in the budget negotiations.
“We need to work on the best interest of 42,000 students,” says Ranch, “and that means excluding any other group that puts their own interests first.”
Update: Shortly after this article was published, Cesar Ranch was found dead on a ranch near Sloughhouse, an unincorporated community 20 miles east of Sacramento.