Then, without giving me a chance to respond, she immediately launched into her scripted spiel - essentially a long denunciation of the California Legislature in general and Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, specifically, for cutting support to California schools.
Memo to CTA on effective communication: Tell your paid callers to read their scripts more slowly, and with better articulation. Try pausing at the end of sentences or where the comma's go. It helps the listener to understand what the hell they're talking about.
When the CTA's breathless paid caller finished her script, she asked me if I would like her to transfer me to Sen. Darrell Steinberg's office so I could tell him myself how outraged I was. I told her that I'd rather be transferred to CTA union bosses. I wanted to tell them how outraged I was that the union was throwing younger teachers under the bus so that senior teachers wouldn't have to raise their co-pay for a doctors office visit from measly $1 to $15, which is more in line with what most of the rest of the world pays.
She paused then finally, clearly confused, and told me she didn't have the capability to do that. Did I want to speak to Sen. Steinberg?
When I called Steinberg's office the next day I learned that they had gotten between 600 and 700 calls from people who were transferred to their office in the same way that I was about to be. Some clearly bought the CTA's line and blamed Steinberg for education cuts. Many others were confused and wanted to know why Steinberg's office was calling them. And a substantial number were senior citizens who didn't want to be bothered.
Rank and file teachers, I have a question for you: Is this really how you want your dues spent?