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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 […]

For Nov. 8th: $32B in Local Borrowing, $2.9B in Local Tax Increases

For Nov. 8th: $32B in Local Borrowing, $2.9B in Local Tax Increases

New local taxes and new local borrowing are a regular phenomenon in California elections, but this year our government union controlled politicians have outdone themselves. Let’s compare: November 2014 – $11 billion in new borrowing proposed via 118 local bond measures, 81% passed. Of the 117 local proposals for new taxes, 68% passed. June 2016 […]

Heartless and Mindless

Heartless and Mindless

By LARRY SAND As the National Education Association embarks on a new PR campaign, some of its affiliates engage in lawsuits and strikes. In July, the National Education Association unearthed its “Strategic Plan and Budget” for 2016-2018. The introduction to the 76-page document includes the notion that the union needs to “win the race to […]

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, […]

Teachers Unions Double Down on Charter Vilification

Teachers Unions Double Down on Charter Vilification

By LARRY SAND UTLA and CTA’s anti-charter school obsession has reached epidemic proportions.  Just weeks after United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl threw his if-we-don’t get-our-way-we’re-going-to-create-a-state-crisis tantrum, the teachers union has hit the streets with a media campaign. Empowered by a massive dues increase, UTLA is spreading its venom via billboards, bus benches […]

How Government Unions are Hypocrites that Betray the Public

How Government Unions are Hypocrites that Betray the Public

The Myth of the Underpaid Teacher Lives On

The Myth of the Underpaid Teacher Lives On

By LARRY SAND Yet another “study” showing how poorly teachers are paid has surfaced. Well, it’s a new school year and there is much tumult in the world of public education. Common Core battles, testing opt-outs, and litigation about school choice and teacher work rules dot the landscape. But with all the uncertainty, it’s comforting […]

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

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

ACLU Joins Unions to Attack California Charter Schools

ACLU Joins Unions to Attack California Charter Schools

By ED RING About 6.2 million students attend California’s K-12 public schools. Of those, over 570,000 are enrolled in public charter schools. Most of these charter schools operate with a degree of management autonomy and teacher accountability that goes well beyond what is permitted by the union work rules that govern traditional public schools. These charter schools […]

Quality Education Remains Thwarted by Teachers Unions

Quality Education Remains Thwarted by Teachers Unions