Beware of Fear Uncertainty and Doubt
I will not give up or be defeated. I remain an optimist we can mitigate SJSU layoffs, saving precious staff jobs and essential services for students and faculty. I see nothing to gain through pessimism. I will not stop trying.
“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, perhaps the greatest president of the 20th century, was elected President of the United States during the Great Depression in 1932. In his inaugural address he warned Americans of the dangers of pessimism. On March 4, 1933 he said the great words shown above. His words still ring true today, “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously.”
If we give up on our fellow workers who have been given layoff and reassignment we are embracing defeat. If we continue to be vigilant, and only if, are we given a chance at victory. If we quit we defeat ourselves. Let’s not do the work of those whose goal is to gut higher education and embrace ignorance as though it is a noble end.
We need to understand what we are fighting for, we are fighting for the jobs of our union sisters, brothers and through their retention and the continuation of their services; we are fighting for a quality education for our students and the greater goal of an educated citizenry for our country.
In my opinion that is something not only worth fighting for, but critical. If you quit you defeat yourself. The cause is too great to allow that to happen. The stakes are too high. We cannot afford pessimism.
NOTE –> These are my own personal opinions, views, information and perspectives regarding the labor movement in general and our local union, Chapter 307 of CSUEU, the California State University Employees Union at SJSU, San Jose State University, San Jose, California. This in NOT meant to represent the official union position on this or any other matter.