Entries by Jack Dean

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Righeimer: Call off Costa Mesa layoffs By Mike Reicher, November 20, 2012, Orange County Register Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer, who led the council’s efforts to privatize city services, is now calling for administrators to rescind pink slips issued to employees last year and to negotiate a deal with the city labor union, he told […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Michigan unions may have misplayed their hand Editorial, November 13, 2012, Livingston Daily Michigan unions appear to have misplayed their hand last week, particularly when […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Michigan’s Prop. 2 Is A Desperate Grab For Power By Government Unions By F. Vincent Vernuccio, November 5, 2012, Forbes Facing a sea of angry […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Jerry Brown vs. the 99% By Allysia Finley, October 29, 2012, Wall Street Journal At the outset of his administration in 2011, California Gov. Jerry […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Prop. 32 not unions’ only worry By Bob Egelko, October 22, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle Proposition 32, which would cripple labor unions politically in California […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Ex-Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s pension-reform plan irks unions By Rick Orlov, October 16, 2012, Daily News Former Mayor Richard Riordan on Monday took the […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. The Imaginary Teacher Shortage By Jay Greene, October 9, 2012, Wall Street Journal Last week’s presidential debate revealed one area of agreement between the candidates: […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. California Is Latest Stage for Election Battle Over Unions By Adam Nagourney, October 2, 2012, New York Times The battle to curb labor’s political clout […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Big Labor and Moody’s Pounce on Ruling Against Wisconsin Union Law By Alex Newman, September 24, 2012, New American Big Labor and Moody’s Pounce on […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Chicago can’t afford to pay healthy people not to work Editorial, September 18, 2012, Chicago Sun-Times Public employees who are permanently injured in the line […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. Chicago teacher strike poses test for labor as teacher unions see influence wane By Associated Press, September 11, Washington Post The massive teacher strike in […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA: California’s Pension Reform Legislation Allows Cities to Bypass Collective Bargaining By Ed Mendel, September 4, 2012, Calpensions Pension reform approved by the Legislature last week […]

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Here are links to the top stories available online over the past week reporting on union activity including legislation, financial impact, reform activism, etc., from California and across the USA. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s pep talk for California Editorial, August 28, 2012, Orange County Register While California residents are justly proud of many elements […]

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More than 55% of voters favor California’s Prop. 32 By Jon Ortiz, August 20, 2012, Sacramento Bee More than half of California voters favor Proposition 32, according to new poll by the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University, although the support for the measure has declined in the last two weeks. The decline is probably […]

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California Lawmakers ready to make another sweet deal for Unions Editorial, August 14, 2012, Fresno Bee Sen. Darrell Steinberg, the president pro tem of the California Senate, says he’s still studying Assembly Bill 2451, Speaker John A. Perez’s multimillion-dollar benefit giveaway to powerful police and firefighter unions. Steinberg is late to the issue. The bill, […]

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Unions are struggling to be heard By Chris Brennan & Catherine Lucey, August 7, 2012, Philadelphia Daily News It’s being called “Workers Stand for America” — 30,000 union members packed in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday morning to say that any loss of power by organized labor is a danger to […]

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Michigan ballot measure would enshrine unions’ right to collective bargaining in the state constitution By James B. Kelleher, July 30, 2012, Reuters After suffering a string of political setbacks in the U.S. industrial heartland, organized labor hopes Michigan voters will help turn the tide in a November election by supporting a state constitutional amendment for […]

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Project labor agreements: Mass. taxpayers lose again Editorial, July 24, 2012, Boston Globe Although it lacks any compelling reasons for doing so, the Patrick administration is continuing to impose project labor agreements on some major state projects. Those agreements restrict work to contractors who agree to use union labor and abide by union work rules, […]

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Senate Republicans Block Campaign Donor Disclosure Bill By Jonathan D. Salant, July 17, 2012, Bloomberg The U.S. Senate didn’t advance legislation that would require nonprofit groups to reveal who donates the millions of dollars they spend on campaign ads. Yesterday’s vote on the Democratic proposal was 51-44, with 60 required to advance it. The measure, […]

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Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations By Tom McGinty and Brody Mullins Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, a finding that shines a light on an aspect of labor’s political activity that has often been overlooked. Organized […]

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USA’s top teachers union losing members By Greg Toppo, July 3, 2012, USA TODAY The USA’s largest teachers union is losing members and revenue, potentially threatening its political clout. The National Education Association (NEA) has lost more than 100,000 members since 2010. By 2014, union projections show, it could lose a cumulative total of about […]

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Here Is What’s So Super About Super PACs By Chip Mellor, June 26, 2012, Forbes Media coverage of the 2012 election is dominated by talk about so-called “super PACs.”  And, overwhelmingly, that coverage is negative. A Lexis search shows that The New York Times (both print and online) has mentioned super PACs more than 850 […]

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California Public Unions Win Budget Concessions By Michael B. Marois and James Nash on June 18, 2012 The budget California’s Democratic- controlled Legislature sent to Governor Jerry Brown last week granted concessions to public employee unions even as talks continue on cutting programs for the poor. Democrats removed language that would have authorized the governor […]

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Business groups ask senators to overturn NLRB’s ‘micro-union’ decision By Kevin Bogardus, June 12, 2012, The Hill More than a half-dozen business groups are asking Senate appropriators to roll back a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that allows unions to form smaller bargaining units. In a letter sent Tuesday, trade associations including the U.S. […]

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Michigan Is Big Labor’s Next Big Target By Shikha Dalmia, June 5, 2012, Reason.com Those who thought that Big Labor’s recall drive against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was its final attempt to maintain its lavish benefits at taxpayers’ expense should think again. Win or lose in Wisconsin today, it is already opening a new front […]