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Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Union-Sponsored Ads By SEIU Target ‘Anti-Immigrant’ Politicians By Melanie Trottman, December 2, 2014, Wall Street Journal One of the country’s largest labor unions launched television ads Tuesday to kick off what it vowed will be a long-term bid to hold what it calls “anti-immigrant” politicians accountable. The Service Employees International Union ads call on Latinos […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

A Landmark Retail Workers ‘Bill of Rights’ Passes Unanimously In San Francisco By Dave Jamieson, November 25, 2014, Huffington Post Amid growing concern over erratic work schedules, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a first-of-its-kind law aimed at securing more stable hours for retail workers. Dubbed “the retail workers bill of rights,” […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Court Agrees With Labor Unions: Giant Inflatable Rats Are Protected Speech By Elizabeth Nolan Brown, November 17, 2014, Reason In case you were wondering, displaying giant inflateable rats is protected by the First Amendment. Apparently a balloon rodent known as Scabby the Rat has been a labor union protest symbol since the ’90s. But New […]

Interview With Rebecca Friedrichs – Fighting for Teacher Freedom

In April 2013, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), as noted on their website, “filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International, challenging the constitutionality of California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Unions wasted millions in Wisconsin, Michigan governor races By Jason Hart, November 11, 2014, Watchdog.org Union bosses dumped more than $7.5 million into the Wisconsin and Michigan governor races only to see both states’ labor-reforming incumbents re-elected. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, both Republicans, were two of the five governors publicly […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

California Teachers Brace For Impact By Blake Neff, November 4, 2014, Daily Caller The expensive race for California superintendent of public instruction may have the biggest education impact of any election Tuesday. Regardless of its outcome, the race will send shockwaves across the country and set the national tone for how strong unionized teachers remain […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Union bosses investing in Ohio Senate Republicans By Jason Hart, October 28, 2014, Ohio Watchdog Labor groups supporting big government and mandatory union dues gave $178,867 to eight Republican incumbents in the Ohio Senate during the most recent campaign finance period. Kevin Bacon, Bill Beagle, Cliff Hite, Shannon Jones, Frank LaRose, Gayle Manning, Scott Oelslager […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Napa County declares impasse in labor negotiations By Barry Eberling, October 21, 2014, Napa Valley Register Napa County has declared an impasse in its contract negotiations with its largest employees union and the union’s response raises the possibility of a strike, though one has not been called. Both sides issued press releases on Monday and […]

Unions In The News – Weekly Highlights

Unions Try To Replace San José Mayor Over Pension Reform By Connor D. Wolf, October 14, 2014, Daily Caller Labor unions in San José, Calif. are overwhelmingly opposing the Democratic mayoral candidate who backed pension reforms they claim are bad for the city. Their choice is Dave Cortese, a county supervisor and former city councilman, […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Silicon Valley, Meet Organized Labor By Kevin Roose, October 7, 2014, New York Magaizne Tech companies and labor unions have never been friends. Whether union protectionism has made it tech’s enemy or, as historians have written, tech’s executive class was opposed to unions from the beginning, the fact remains that the Teamsters and other labor […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Liberal groups critical of ALEC influencing laws, but not labor unions By Adam Tobias, September 30, 2014, Watchdog.org Stand Up to ALEC and other affiliated left-leaning groups opposed to the American Legislative Exchange Council bringing together lawmakers and private-sector representatives to draft model state-level legislation apparently don’t have any issues when labor unions participate in […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Resigned to Freedom: The California Teachers Association prepares for life as a voluntary association By Larry Sand, September 21, 2014, City Journal The worst union in America is contemplating its worst nightmare—a time when state law no longer compels California’s teachers to pay it for the privilege of working at a public school. According to […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Golden Gate Bridge Union Workers Begin Strike Over Health-Care Benefits By Jeffrey Schaub, September 16, 2014, CBS San Francisco Union workers began a one-day strike Tuesday morning at the Golden Gate Bridge over the healthcare contributions they say they were promised by theGolden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Despite the picket lines, however, buses […]

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Court: NLRB is Acting Like a Union Subsidiary By Bill McMorris, September 9, 2014, Washington Free Beacon A Pennsylvania judge accused a federal labor arbiter of acting as an extension of a powerful labor union in a dispute with a local hospital. Federal Judge Arthur J. Schwab said that the National Labor Relations Board overstepped […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Raising minimum wage will only be beneficial to Big Labor interests By Fred Wszolek, September 2, 2014, San Francisco Examiner This November, San Francisco could become the next city on the West Coast to enact a dramatic hike in its minimum wage, despite a report by the city controller that states that the proposal would […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Minnesota Home-Care Workers Say Yes to Union By Kris Maher, August 26, 2014, Wall Street Journal The Service Employees International Union scored a victory Tuesday as home health-care workers in Minnesota voted to be represented by the labor group, even as it faces a legal challenge from opponents who say the 27,000 workers involved shouldn’t […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Teachers union talking strategy for combatting teacher jail By Vanessa Romo, August 19, 2014, LA School Report While officials from the teachers union, UTLA, are contemplating salary demands in a new labor contract with the district, they have not lost sight of another key issue, how to deal with teachers housed in what union officials […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

California Supreme Court Rejects Anti “Citizens United” Ballot Measure By William Bigelow, August 12, 2014, Breitbart California On Monday, the California Supreme Court blocked an “advisory” ballot measure that Democrats had hoped to include on the November ballot, with a view to increasing turnout among apathetic voters. The non-binding measure, Proposition 49, asked voters if […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Golden Gate Transit District Unions Authorize Strike By Holly Quan, August 5, 2014, CBS San Francisco A coalition of 13 of Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District workers’ unions has unanimously voted to authorize a strike, though no date has been announced as both sides continue talks. Talks continued Monday and are set to start […]

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N.L.R.B. Ruling Holds McDonald’s, Not Just Franchisees, Liable for Worker Treatment By Steven Greenhouse, July 29, 2014, New York Times The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald’s is jointly responsible for workers at its franchisees’ restaurants, a decision that if upheld would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Detroit’s Retirees Vote to Lower Pensions, in Support of Bankruptcy Plan By Monica Davey, July 22, 2014, New York Times Coming to terms with what came to be seen as inevitable, this city’s public-sector retirees have voted to lower their expected pension benefits, a crucial step in the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy before […]

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A healthy blow to labor overreach By Ed Feulner, July 15, 2014, Washington Times As my Heritage colleagues James Sherk and Andrew Kloster note, the ruling will likely have only limited effect in the short run. Nationwide, only 100,000 home caregivers say they belong to a union. Yet the SEIU reports 600,000 dues-paying home care […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Here Are 4 Lawsuits That Could Inflict More Damage on Unions After Harris v. Quinn By Andy Kroll, July 1, 2014, Mother Jones On Monday, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Monday defied some expectations by not decimating public-employee labor unions via their ruling in Harris v. Quinn. Given the opportunity to issue a sprawling […]

Unions in the News – Weekly Highlights

Orange County Sheriff Union Protests County Secrecy on Billing Records By Norberto Santana Jr., June 24, 2014, Voice of OC Just as county supervisors prepare Tuesday to consider a measure seeking to make labor negotiations more transparent, Sheriff union officials are protesting efforts to keep county legal bills on negotiations secret. Under the Civic Openness […]