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How Much Do California’s City Workers Make?

How Much Do California’s City Workers Make?

    By Edward Ring With the economic shutdown devastating private sector employment in California, with small family-owned businesses the worst hit, how are California’s public employees doing? A recent report by NPR paints a grim picture, “Cities Have Never Seen A Downturn Like This, And Things Will Only Get Worse.” From the San Francisco Chronicle, “California […]

Public Sector Unions Continue Their Attack on Property Rights in California

Public Sector Unions Continue Their Attack on Property Rights in California

    By Edward Ring California’s legislature is controlled by Democratic super-majorities in both houses. These Democrat politicians, in turn, are controlled by public sector unions. They are now considering Assembly Bill 828, which will empower courts to summarily reduce rents by up to 25 percent and create additional barriers to the eviction process. Passage of this law would […]

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

    By Edward Ring The recent Janus decision by the US Supreme Court gives public employees the right to quit union membership – or to never join a union in the first place. This sweeping ruling not only banned unions from requiring non-members to still pay so-called “agency fees,” but it required unions to […]

Public-Sector Unions Are Facing A Cascade Of Lawsuits For Skimming Workers’ Wages

Public-Sector Unions Are Facing A Cascade Of Lawsuits For Skimming Workers’ Wages

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter Public-sector workers are preparing class action lawsuits against the unions they have been forced to pay dues to pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case, The Washington Free Beacon reports. The court is expected to issue a decision on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal […]

Union In The News – Weekly Highlights

Union In The News – Weekly Highlights

Santa Paula Council: Five and a Half Hours of Soul Searching

Santa Paula Council: Five and a Half Hours of Soul Searching

By Sheryl Hamlin History The Regular Council Meeting of May 2, 2016 was prefaced by a Special Session at 5:00 pm to allow citizens to speak on the idea of a potential Sales Tax, a tax proposed previously at the March 7, 2016 meeting, when the unofficial sales tax council subcommittee consisting of Mayor Hernandez […]

The Alliance Between Wall Street and Public Unions

The Alliance Between Wall Street and Public Unions

Pension Reform Requires Mutual Empathy, not Enmity

Pension Reform Requires Mutual Empathy, not Enmity

By Ed Ring . Attending a high school reunion after more than a few decades ought to be a memorable experience for anyone. Hopefully the occasion is filled with warmth and remembrance, rekindled friendships, stories and laughs. But as our lives develop and we build our adult networks based on shared values and common professions, […]

Moral Values That Underlie Opposition to Government Unions

Moral Values That Underlie Opposition to Government Unions

By Ed Ring Often missing from entirely legitimate criticism of government unions is an accompanying explanation of the moral values that underlie the criticism. Last month we published a post entitled “Deceptive and Misleading Claims – How Government Unions Fool the Public,” which listed ten myths that government unions use repeatedly in their propaganda campaigns. […]

How Government Unions Are Destroying America

How Government Unions Are Destroying America

  Not one presidential candidate, apart from Gov. Walker’s last-ditch rhetoric prior to dropping out, has discussed the problems with unionized government as a major issue. That’s too bad, because these problems are bigger than even most critics acknowledge. When people discuss the need to reform, if not eliminate, public sector unions, the only reason […]

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