CSEA’s Job Steward Training: Conservative Voices Not Allowed


Brutal, brutal, brutal is about all I can say about ny eight hours of attendance of Job Steward training. Let me start by saying that everyone I had contact with was pleasant, and cordial. This applies to the presenters too. The day started off with all of us introducing ourselves and giving a “fun” fact. Most folks spoke about kids, or grandkids. I was the only one who referred to my educational background. Of course, I do everything in the “union setting” for a reason. My reason for this? To let fellow members know we just might have a variety of backgrounds amongst our membership, and this might lead to different views on subjects. Of course, I have learned that the CSEA’s leadership, at all levels, are not open to this. I hear so much about getting our “voices” heard, but only if it is an approved voice.

During the entire eight hours, I never asked a question, nor made a comment on any of the subject matter. I had many opportunities to point out the hypocritical nature of the “approved” message of the CSEA. Like how raising taxes takes money out of our pockets, or how government mandated health care raises the cost of the service. One of the presenters was elated by the fact that prop 30 passed, but never mentioned the fact that changes to the Way California spends money like a drunken sailor have not been addressed. Or how the CSEA continues to endorse the same drunken liberal sailor politicians.

It will be interesting to see what will happen if I pursue the Fully Jacketed Job Steward title. Apparently, I will have to partake in political activities that I am opposed to. The question is: Do I bite the bullet and do it and then speak my conservative views? Thus making me a hypocrite, like so many of the CSEA’s leadership are.

Time will tell. For conservatives such as myself, being a member is equal to being a pilgrim in an un-holy land.

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