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California’s Government Workers Make TWICE As Much as Private Sector Workers

California’s Government Workers Make TWICE As Much as Private Sector Workers

by Ed Ring Earlier today the California Policy Center released a study that provided facts about government compensation. It examined state and local payroll data provided online by the California State Controller and proved that the average pay and benefits for a full-time state/local government employee in 2015 was $121,843. At the same time, the study found […]

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

. By LARRY SAND   “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.” The above caveat about government unions – usually known by the kinder and gentler “public employee unions” […]

California’s Government Unions are the Most Powerful in the U.S.

California’s Government Unions are the Most Powerful in the U.S.

The Commonwealth Foundation, a think tank based in Pennsylvania, has recently released a study entitled “Transforming Labor – A Comprehensive, Nationwide Comparison and Grading of Public Sector Labor Laws.” It ranked every state in terms of the relative power of public sector unions. California, along with tiny Maryland, were the only states that got an […]

Election Integrity and the Power of Unions

Election Integrity and the Power of Unions

During the 2004 Presidential election there were allegations of voter fraud; the 2000 Presidential election was alleged to have been “stolen” by the Republicans. If you go further back in history, you can point to evidence the Democratic machine in Chicago manipulated election results to throw the 1960 Presidential election victory to Kennedy. A close […]

Put Public Employees on Secure Choice and Social Security

Put Public Employees on Secure Choice and Social Security

The Government Union Political Class: Today California, Tomorrow America

The Government Union Political Class: Today California, Tomorrow America

By ED RING Government unions in California collect and spend over $1.0 billion per year. That’s just government unions. That’s just California. They use a small fraction of this money to engage in collective bargaining. They use about a third of it to engage in politics – that’s nearly $700 million per election cycle. The […]

If Police Unions Were Abolished and Police Associations Were Restored

If Police Unions Were Abolished and Police Associations Were Restored

By ED RING Earlier this month the New York Times ran an editorial entitled “When Police Unions Impede Justice.” They make the point that collective bargaining agreements for police employees often make it very difficult to hold police officers accountable for misconduct. When you have nearly 1.0 million sworn police officers in the United States, […]

How Government Unions are Hypocrites that Betray the Public

How Government Unions are Hypocrites that Betray the Public

Average “Full Career” CalPERS Retirement Package Worth $70,000 Per Year

Average “Full Career” CalPERS Retirement Package Worth $70,000 Per Year

Appreciating Police Officers, Challenging Police Unions

Appreciating Police Officers, Challenging Police Unions

In the wake of tragic and deadly attacks on police officers, those of us who have never wavered in our support for the members of law enforcement, but have questioned the role of police unions and have debated issues of policy surrounding law enforcement have an obligation to restate our position. Civil libertarians and fiscal […]