Tag archive for unions

Union critics see plots, conspiracies in pension reform

Left-wing attacks on the pension-reform movement are so common, with various alternative media outlets picking up the same pieces that make the same tired claims that suggest a corporate conspiracy to deny working people a decent pension. In this typical piece by USC journalism professor …

Jerry Brown defies liberal court to defend guards’ union

Anyone who believes that California Gov. Jerry Brown has any shred of that old 1970s-era civil-libertarian progressive in him need only look at his continued defiance of the federal courts, which are mandating prison reductions because of massive overcrowding. I might enjoy a good states’-rights …

Sorry, unions, but California pension reformers are still around

A union spokesman was boasting about the death of California’s pension reform movement, yet the day after his article was published a large group of pension reformers (myself included) met in Sacramento to look at plans for the future. And some pension reformers are looking …

Pennsylvania: So safe, or not?

We have perhaps become so used to our politics being dominated by misinformation that there seems to be no price to pay anymore for those who mislead us in the most egregious way. Take, for instance, the campaign that the United Food and Commercial Workers …

Fracking great solution to California pension woes

California faces huge unfunded liabilities for its state pension funds, including a tab for Calstrs alone that is so large it would take an additional contribution from governments around the state of $4.5 billion annually to place the teachers’ pension fund on a sound footing. But wait. Help is here, if only California politicians can bring themselves to grab the lifeline.

Gov. Brown salutes unions in his State of State

If you want to know what state we’re in here in California, then a few words uttered by Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State address tell you pretty much all you need to know. “I salute the unions–their members and their leaders,” he …

Unions gloat over sputtering pension-reform movement

A union activist organization released a press release gloating over the apparent death of pension reform. Headlined, “Pension Bashers Admit Push to Slash Retirement Security in California has ‘Gone Flat,” the group represented by links to a Human Events article in which serious pension reformers …

Good reform idea or grasping at straws?

Venture capitalist John Cox, an Illinois GOP activist who now lives in the San Diego area, is pushing a 2014 initiative that would defang the public-sector unions by — get this — dramatically expanding the number of legislators in the California Assembly and Senate. I …

Do unions give members their money’s worth?

One reason that labor’s opponents have made headway on issues like right to work is because of a growing sense even within the union movement that members are not getting their money’s worth from their sometimes expensive union dues. In 2011 I wrote about a …

Public sector unions and the fiscal cliff

The National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have underwritten a spate of ads pressuring pivotal Democratic Senators–Mark Warner (VA) and Claire McCaskill (MO)–regarding the fiscal cliff. The objective of these …