Newspaper clipping headlined: "Teachers' group out to unseat Clements", El Paso Times, August 14, 1982
Newspaper clipping headlined: "Teachers' group out to unseat Clements", El Paso Times, August 14, 1982. The Texas Federation of Teachers hopes to oust Clements and elect Mark White with a fundraising effort called the "Beat Bill Clements Club".
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;5 PRESS CLIP 103130 711 WEST 5th ST AUSTIN TIXAS 1701 Times El Paso, Texas PUG 1982 Fund-raising effort launched TEitiers Times combined sources The Texas Federation of Teachers on Friday started a "Beat Bill Clements Club" in an effort—to raise $400,000 in money and volunteer effort to help Dez2erat Mark White unseat the goy- _ ernor. — • John Cole, president of the 15,000- :member federation, called Clements a "jerk" and a "snide and sarcastic little "We believe that through the Beat mill Clements Club we can inform edu- .cators and the public that Clements 'has spoken with a forked tongue when it comes to educational matters," Cole said at an Austin press conference. The El Paso Federation of Teachers Friday morning had a press confer- -ence in conjunction with Cole's. "We want to end the reign of Clem- ents," said Jim Driscoll, president of the 565-member El Paso federation. Driscoll encouraged anyone interest- ed in the future of education to contrib- ute to the Beat Bill Clements Club fund. "Chances of getting Clements out are not as good as we'd like them to be," Driscoll said. "He's well-fin- anced. But we plan to bring out statis- tics like the high unemployment." The teachers' federation, affiliated 9 group out to unseat Clements Bill Clements with AFL-C10, favors collective bar- gaining for Texas teachers. Cole com- plained Friday that other public em- ployees — police and firefighters — are allowed to bargain collectively. Clem- ents has been a staunch opponent of collective bargaining for teachers. "There are a lot of things the people of Texas are terribly concerned about in our secondary and elementary schools that go far beyond the right of collective bargaining " Clements has ‘.• #41 Mark White said of education in Texas. Despite the federation's support of White, the Democratic candidate also opposes collective bargaining for teachers. "Mark White is against anything that would cause a work stoppage," White's campaign director Dwayne Holman said. Nevertheless, Cole said White earned the teachers' active support be- cause he "has a a.-ozram that would appeal to us." Cole said Clements has done little to raise teacher salaries, saying in- creases granted by the Legislature came in spite of Clements' efforts. Clements backers have said teacher salaries have risen 45 percent since Clements took office in 1979. Statistics released by the governor's office show Texas teachers' salaries were 87 per- cent of the national average in 1978- 79 and will rise to 97 percent of the national average in the coming school year. Cole said the teachers' federation hoped to recruit 50,000 members at $5 each for the Beat Bill Clements Club. "Teachers don't have a lot of money as individuals, but they can easily see that through a $5 contribution, they can together raise enough money to effec- tively offset some of the millions Clem- ents has received from the monied folks in Texas," he said. "Unfortunately, we are dealing with a fellow who, although he is sort of a snide and sarcastic little man, has pals who have millions of dollrs floating around and will be willing to give that to him," he said of Clements, '•When your candidate is a jerk, you! lizve to spend more money to get him! ated," he said. • • •