Entries by Jack Dean

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Anti-labor forces eye Michigan By Steve Freiss, May 29, 2012, Politico A Republican governor signed a law that gives him broad union-busting powers. Liberals have collected thousands of signatures to take him on at the ballot box. And national conservatives are watching. Wisconsin might symbolize the national debate over collective bargaining rights, but just across […]

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Labor union hopes of ousting Wisconsin governor fade Chicago Tribune, May 22, 2012 Democrats and unions hoping to turn Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker out of office over his efforts to tame the power of organized labor are finding it tough going with only two weeks to go before a historic recall election. Just over a […]

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The Union Pension Bomb Editorial, May 14, 2012, Wall Street Journal Imagine the panic if investors discovered that many of the nation’s biggest public companies had hidden liabilities so large as to make them worth a fraction of their value. That’s something akin to the shock created by the recent Credit Suisse report on multi-employer […]

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Wisconsin Democrats pick challenger in governor’s recall Brendan O’Brien, May 8, 2012, Chicago Tribune Wisconsin Democratic primary voters went to the polls on Tuesday to pick a challenger to face Republican Scott Walker in a recall election next month, a closely watched test of labor union strength and barometer of political pressures in a battleground […]

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Union sues Indiana, says right-to-work law is slavery By Michael P. Tremoglie, May 1, 2012, Legal Newsline The International Union of Operating Engineers on April 18 amended the complaint of their previously filed lawsuit that asks a court to invalidate Indiana’s newly enacted right-to-work law. The amended complaint now alleges that the law violates the […]

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UAW weighing GE protest By Bryce G. Hoffman, April 24, 2012, The Detroit News The United Auto Workers will join other labor unions and activist organizations on Wednesday in what is being billed as a major protest aimed at disrupting General Electric Co.’s annual shareholders meeting — part of a nationwide effort, called the “99 […]

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Wisconsin property tax bills fall as Scott Walker’s reforms start to kick in Editorial, April 17, 2012, Wall Street Journal The public employee unions and other liberals are confident that Wisconsin voters will turn out Governor Scott Walker in a recall election later this year, but not so fast. That may turn out to be […]

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Jerry Brown, unions agree to delay contract talks until after tax vote By Jon Ortiz, April 10, 2012, Sacramento Bee Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to extend the labor contracts of four state worker unions, pushing aside a potential obstacle to his quest for a tax increase later this year. The agreements affect roughly 24,000 […]

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Federal judge declines unions’ request to block consent agreement By Christine MacDonald, April 2, 2012, Detroit News A federal judge today declined to issue a restraining order sought by city union leaders to halt action on a proposed consent agreement between Detroit and the state. Judge Arthur Tarnow instead set a hearing for 2 p.m. […]

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New York’s Governor Loses a Round to the Unions on Pensions Editorial, March 26, 2012, Wall Street Journal Andrew Cuomo has had a good run in his first year as New York Governor, with some useful education reforms marred by a tax increase. But the likely 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate just went toe-to-toe with public […]

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Unions plan protest against Baltimore County pension bill By Alison Knezevich, March 19, 2012, The Baltimore Sun Union members from around Baltimore are planning a rally Monday to protest legislation by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would reduce some county employees’ pension benefits. County Council members are scheduled to vote Monday on the proposal, […]

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Public Employees’ Pensions Can Sink the Ship By Nancy Smith, March 12, 2012, Sunshine State News Judge Jackie Fulford did more than dig a potential $2 billion hole in the Florida budget. She gave back to a redefined union movement in this state the two things it lacked most — muscle and heart. At the […]

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Teachers union leads in record year of lobbying lawmakers By Patrick McGreevy, March 6, 2012, Los Angeles Times Labor group spent $6.5 million, part of a $286.6-million effort by lobbyists to court legislators. The economy and a new Democratic governor after seven years of a business-friendly Republican are key factors. State Assemblyman Warren Furutani looked […]

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Committee OKs bill to restrict mass picketing in Georgia By Kristina Torres, February 28, 2012, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Mass picketing outside private residences would be restricted under a bill passed Tuesday by a Senate Committee. A Georgia bill would restrict mass picketing in front of private residences. Senate Bill 469 would also require employees to […]

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Michigan Unions Look to Amend Constitution to Block Anti-Labor Bills Jane Slaughter, February 20, 2012, Labor Notes Michigan’s top union leaders are meeting behind closed doors to decide whether to attempt to amend the state constitution to block emergency managers and a “right to work” law through a ballot initiative this November. Governor Mitch Daniels […]

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Union Bo$$ d’Arcy’s ‘Investment’ Pays Off Big Time By Jack Humphreville, February 13, 2012, CityWatch LA Bloomberg reporters Chris Palmeri and Rodney Yap have created quite a commotion with their February 7th Bloomberg expose which stated that our Department of Water and Power had “the highest paid employees in the City of Los Angeles, earning […]

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Dems, labor say federal workers are being scapegoated By Bernie Becker, February 6, 2012, The Hill Public employee unions and congressional Democrats are pushing back on GOP proposals to overhaul federal pension procedures, as Republicans press to use savings wrung from the government workforce to pay for other initiatives. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) and the […]

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California Teachers Association backs Brown’s tax plan By Kevin Yamamura, January 30, 2012, Sacramento Bee The California Teachers Association officially agreed Sunday to back Gov. Jerry Brown’s multibillion-dollar tax plan, which should provide the governor hefty financial support for his fall campaign. The union represents 325,000 teachers and education workers, and it is a heavy […]

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Unions and Rebranded ACORN Behind Violent Occupy San Francisco Clashes With Police By Lee Stranahan, January 23, 2012, Big Government In San Francisco this past weekend, the Occupy movement bolstered by labor unions and the rebranded California ACORN group ACCE once again terrorized private businesses and got into direct clashes that included throwing furniture, bricks […]

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Wisconsin Democrats still searching for Walker opponent January 16, 2012, Associated Press Supporters of a push to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office are prepared to declare victory in their effort to force the Republican into a recall election. But a problem looms for Democrats: They still don’t know who would run against him. […]

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Indiana’s Right to Work: Hoosiers debate voluntary union membership Editorial, January 10, 2012, Wall Street Journal The labor reform story of the year is unfolding in Indiana, which Republicans who dominate the legislature are trying to make the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state. Democrats are resorting to the old run-and-hide ploy, but this could be a […]

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A Gathering Storm Over ‘Right to Work’ in Indiana By Steven Greenhouse, January 3, 2011, New York Times Nearly a year after legislatures in Wisconsin and several other Republican-dominated states curbed the power of public sector unions, lawmakers are now turning their sights toward private sector unions, setting up what is sure to be another […]

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Detroit bankruptcy would be long, costly By Leonard N. Fleming, December 27, 2011, Detroit News The deepening financial crisis in Detroit has intensified hints that the city could opt for bankruptcy, but financial experts warn the move could cost taxpayers millions, stall economic development and take years to be resolved in the courts. Bankruptcy is […]

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International Association of Firefighters union resumes federal campaign contributions By Sam Hananel, December 19, 2011, Washington Post The International Association of Firefighters union said Monday it would resume making federal campaign contributions after seeing lawmakers commit new resources to public safety and speak out more forcefully against anti-union measures in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states. […]

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Pensions Aren’t the Only Public Employee Costs Breaking the Bank in California By Brian Calle, December 7, 2011, City Journal Much of the debate surrounding public-employee compensation in California focuses on platinum pension plans, gold-plated health-care benefits, and salaries that often top private-sector pay. These salaries and benefits may be enviable, but perhaps more so […]