Entries by Jack Dean

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Union Bosses Win, Ohio Workers Get Fired By Jason Hart, December 6, 2011, Big Government One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, […]

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The Union Zee Bridge: Cuomo wants to raid state pension funds for political purposes Editorial, November 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal Andrew Cuomo has a bridge to sell you, and we wish that was the set-up to a punch line. The New York Governor and government unions are hatching a plan to use the state’s […]

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Labor unions try to have it both ways in San Jose pension crisis By Daniel Borenstein, November 20, 2011, Contra Costa Times Labor unions try to have it both ways. They fight statewide reform of public employee pension systems by insisting that change must be bargained at the local level. But, as we see in […]

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Does the Constitution Protect Public Employee Pensions? By George Skelton, November 14, 2011, Los Angeles Times In Philadelphia, 224 years ago, some men tucked these words into the nation’s new Constitution: “No state shall … pass any … law impairing the obligation of contracts…” Those words, squeezed into a very long sentence in Article 1, […]

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California unions oppose even modest pension reforms Editorial, November 7, 2011, Wall Street Journal Philosopher-Governor Jerry Brown finally unveiled a pension reform plan in late October, and it looks like he based it on his self-coined canoe school of politics. According to the theory, paddling a little to the right and then a little to […]

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Gov. Brown’s pension fixes have to get past California’s employee unions Editorial, October 30, 2011, Orange County Register We applaud Gov. Jerry Brown for his 12-point pension reform, but not too loudly. It features many obviously long-overdue fixes to the state’s broken public workers’ retirement system. But why have these blatantly obvious remedies taken so […]

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President Obama and VP Biden Ignore Public Sector Hiring Boom By Steve Malanga, October 24, 2011, Public Sector Inc. The rhetoric has been heating up in Washington over additional stimulus for state and local government ever since the President’s latest jobs bill failed. The President suggested last week that parents were going to have to […]

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Government Unions and Public Sector Compensation By Josh Rauh, October 16, 2011, Kellogg School of Finance Last week I attended an engrossing two-day conference hosted by the Searle Center at Northwestern Law School on Government Unions in the United States. Scholars from economics, finance, law, and political science presented their research on an number of […]

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Hilda Solis, Secretary of Unions By Charles W. Baird, October 10, 2011, The Freeman Lenin argued that communism is so obviously virtuous that any worker who resists it must be a victim of “false consciousness.” He cannot think straight because his oppressors have muddled his brain. Hilda Solis, Obama’s secretary of unions – oops, labor […]

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How Illinois’ Governor sold out the state to AFSCME Editorial, October 4, 2011, Chicago Tribune Selling out Illinois. We used that headline a year ago when news broke that Gov. Pat Quinn had cut a craven deal with AFSCME, the state’s largest employees union. The governor agreed that the state, though it faced massive debts, […]

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Pension wars: Take retirement benefits off bargaining table? By Teri Sforza, September 27, 2011, Orange County Register Some 30 states allow collective bargaining by public workers, but only a handful allow retirement benefits to be a chip on the bargaining table —  and California is one of them. “Last week the auditor general of Rhode […]

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Obama’s sellout to unions staggers the economy By Michael Barone, September 20, 2011, Boston Herald Barack Obama has been at pains to convince voters that he cares about jobs. It seems to be a hard sell. But he certainly can demonstrate that he cares about certain jobs — the 7 percent of private-sector jobs and […]

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Raft of labor-backed bills are a challenge for California Gov. Jerry Brown By David Siders, September 12, 2011, Sacramento Bee As the Legislature finished in a flurry early Saturday and left town, it left Gov. Jerry Brown in a jam. Among the raft of bills approved in the final hours of the legislative session were […]

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Across U.S., public unions under fire this Labor Day By David Shepardson, September 5, 2011, Detroit News Washington Bureau Across America on this Labor Day, public employees whose job security once seemed iron-clad are defending their jobs, pay, benefits and bargaining rights. “This is a tough moment for public employees,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor […]

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Majority of Michigan Leaders Say Unionized Workers Have Had a Negative Effect on Their Community’s Fiscal Health By Kathy Barks Hoffman, August 29. 2011, Detroit News A majority of local leaders in Michigan question whether union workers are causing their communities more financial harm than good, according to a survey conducted amid an ongoing debate […]

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Illinois likely site of next fight over public employee pensions and benefits By Kevin McDermott, August 22, 2011, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Unionized public employees are once again clashing with state leaders who want to roll back benefits and weaken collective bargaining to shore up a government budget. And this time, the threat isn’t coming in […]

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Largest New York State Employees’ Union Accepts Wage and Benefits Concessions By Thomas Kaplan, August 16, 2011, New York Times Members of New York’s largest union of state employees, in a begrudging acknowledgment of the increasingly hostile mood toward public workers, have agreed to accept major wage and benefits concessions sought by Gov. Andrew M. […]

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Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell By Joel Kotkin, Summer 2011, City Journal Those “emperors” are the leaders of L.A.’s public sector. As business retreated, power in Los Angeles, largely by default, shifted toward the government and its workers. Through the long decline that started in the 1990s and accelerated after 2005, […]

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AFSCME’s War on Workers & Taxpayers: A Look Inside The AFSCME Playbook By LaborUnionReport, July 26, 2011, RedState.com Last year, when Larry Scanlon, the Director of Political Operations for one of the nation’s largest government unions, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), stated “the more members coming in, the more dues […]

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California’s Gov. Brown vetoes union-sponsored legislation By Paresh Dave, July 25, 2011, Sacramento Bee Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed a union-sponsored measure that would have mandated the make-up of local civil service commissions. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was the source of Assembly Bill 455 by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, which […]

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The states ban union political bid-rigging; Obama demurs Editorial, July 19, 2011, Wall Street Journal One benefit of the squeeze on state and local budgets is that politicians are finally having to confront their sweetheart deals with labor unions. The latest reform movement is moving against project labor agreements, or PLAs, that limit bids on […]

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Teachers union to defend educators in cheating scandals By Greg Toppo, July 12, 2011, USA Today The head of the USA’s second-largest teachers union on Monday said local affiliates will defend the rights of teachers caught up in cheating scandals, including the one now unfolding in Atlanta. But she said cheating “under any circumstances is […]

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Vice President Biden woos teachers union; slams GOP hostility to public union contracts By Brian Slodysko, July 4, 2011, Chicago Tribune Raising the specter of labor fights picked by Republican governors with public workers unions across the country, Vice President Joe Biden lambasted what he called an increasingly union-hostile “new” Republican Party in remarks delivered […]

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Unions Fend Off Right-to-Work Bill in New Hampshire By Kris Maher, June 24, 2011, Wall Street Journal Amid a year of relentless challenges to their power around the country, unions notched a victory this week when New Hampshire Republicans failed to muster enough votes to override the governor’s veto of a right-to-work bill. Republican House […]

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Sacramento police union president lambastes City Council By Ryan Lillis, June 21, 2011, Sacramento Bee Sacramento police union president Brent Meyer went off on City Hall and the City Council in a strongly worded letter to his members last week. Meyer wrote that “being a hypocrite seems to be woven deep into the fabric of […]