Central Valley Teachers and Parents Criticize Fiorina for Standing with Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas Rather than with California Students

boxer campaignIn response to Carly Fiorina’s appearance in Fresno today with Senators Chambliss and Thune, Central Valley teachers and parents are criticizing all three Senators for opposing a new jobs bill that will save more than 2,700 education jobs in Central Valley public schools and is fully paid for by closing a tax break for companies that ship jobs overseas.  The bill will save 16,500 education jobs in California.

Last Friday, a group of parents and teachers held a rally at the Bullard Talent Elementary and Middle School in Fresno to denounce Fiorina’s opposition to the bill, which she called “disgraceful.”  That same day, the U.S. Department of Education announced that California was receiving $1.2 billion, the first funding for the teacher jobs bill.

“These Senators visiting Fresno today don’t seem to care that Carly Fiorina laid off 33,000 Hewlett-Packard employees and now she is offering pink slips to more than 2,700 educators in the Central Valley who help our students learn in the classroom.  Carly Fiorina may declare the jobs bill ‘disgraceful’ but the real disgrace is that she is willing to reward companies that ship jobs overseas rather than California students,” said Diana Roberts-Lockling, a teacher in Madera Unified School District.

“Why are these Senators and Fiorina protecting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas?  Maybe because when Fiorina was at Hewlett-Packard, she sent thousands of American jobs overseas, and boasted it, calling it ‘right-shoring,’” said David Lockling, husband of Diana and a parent of two students in the Madera Unified School District.

On August 10, President Obama signed into law “The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act,” a bill that gives urgent fiscal relief to enable 160,000 teachers to keep their jobs.  In California, 16,500 educators will keep their jobs.  According to the Los Angeles Times, “the bill is fully paid for mainly by ending some tax breaks for companies operating overseas.” (August 11, 2010)

On August 6, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina announced her opposition to the bill.  According to the Associated Press, Fiorina called the bill “disgraceful.”  (August 6, 2010)

The National Education Association estimates that this law will save 2,776 educator jobs in the San Joaquin Valley, including 545 jobs in Congressional District 18 (Cardoza), 351 jobs in Congressional District 19 (Radanovich), 915 jobs in Congressional District 20 (Costa), 642 jobs in Congressional District 21 (Nunes), and 323 jobs in Congressional District 22 (McCarthy).

Kam Kuwata
CEO Watch<

CEO Watch is a project of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party that explores the records of Republican candidates who brag about their business credentials as qualifications for seeking public office.  Not authorized by any federal candidate or committee.


  1. Jay Levenberg,Esq. says

    As far as Boxer is concerned, she should pay less attention to her opponent and much more explaining again and again, what she has done for California and the country in the all the years she has been in office. Incumbents of both parties are going to lose this year (and already have in primaries). The burden is on those candidates to explain why they should remain in office. It’s great to highlight how you disagree with your opposition, but this year something bigger is going on. The public is rebelling against anyone in power. I have heard more than enough people say, I am not voting for any incumbent. I think Boxer will win but she must remind the voters why they elected her in the first place. Otherwise, if it’s just a negative race againt Fiorina, I think she will lose.

  2. marie says

    It went through my mind “How can we more high-light the positive actions of Obama?”
    It seems like somehow we forget so easily the positive happenings, and cling-on to our critiques and negative feelings. Is this a typical Democratic trade; in our eagerness to move forward to focus on what we want to change, withdrawing our attention from the many accomplishments?
    I get the impression that the Republican-party does just the opposite. Glorifying their past deeds and trying to stop actions that might bring too much changes in their comfortable position, only quickly sneak-through those propositions that strengthen their own state.
    To help the Democratic, and Obama’s cause, could we gather a whole list from all their positive actions and accomplishments; to bring those more to the front, in view of the voters?


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