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News: UCC, which urged lifting ban on gays in military in 1993, sees vindication

The United Church of Christ, with its traditionally liberal leadership, has often passed resolutions at national gatherings that seemed “ahead of their time.” Such was the case when the UCC’s biennial General Synod in 1993 “strongly urged” the U.S. government to end the ban against gays and lesbians in military service. But it wasn’t until the U.S. Senate voted 65 to 31 last month (December, 2010) to pass a House-approved bill and President Obama signed the repeal into law in pre-Christmas actions that UCC activists could claim vindication. Although the 17-year-old military policy carried the label of possible anonymity – “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – some 13,500 openly lesbian, gay and bisexual persons were discharged from the military in that period.

The Tower: April 3, 2011

This week's Tower includes the April Calendar/birthday list, as well as an Easter lily order form.

News: Teachers and Education

              You can read such interesting things in the newspaper. On Thursday, March 17, there were two articles in the “A” section of the Wisconsin State Journal that caught my eye. One was entitled simply “Collective Bargaining Q & A.” It was an article describing the effects of the Collective Bargaining law passed so quickly by the legislature and signed by the Governor a couple of weeks ago. The article was formatted as a series of questions and answers about what was in the law and how it would affect various people. It is what we have understood. Public employees will have to pay more for health insurance and pensions. Their collective bargaining rights are taken away except for the right to bargain about wages, and that is capped at any increase in the cost of living. This is going to make various differences for various different kinds of public employees, but it is likely to take away about 8-10% of a teacher’s purchasing power based on her/his individual salary. For beginning teachers it will be a larger loss; for long-time teachers, it will be a little less. That’s a pretty significant cost for teachers.

The Tower: March 27, 2011