Entries by Sean O'Striker

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$15 Minimum Wage Sends California Businesses Fleeing By Connor D. Wolf, April 26, 2016, Daily Caller California businesses are already starting to move out of state less than a month after lawmakers raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to reports Monday. California beat New York by a couple hours April 4 to become […]

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Calif. Grower Interfered With Union Election By Elizabeth Warmerdam, April 19, 2016, Courthouse News Service  California’s farm labor board upheld a ruling that the state’s largest tree fruit grower interfered with its employees’ election on whether to decertify the United Farm Workers as their union representative. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board voted unanimously Friday to uphold […]

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The real costs of minimum wage hikes By Norm Groot, April 12, 2016, The Salinas Californian Just this past week, our governor and Democratic legislators reached a compromise on the state’s minimum wage, mostly to avoid a costly ballot initiative fight precipitated by the unions that was due to occur this fall. While we all […]

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How a $15 minimum wage went from ‘extreme’ to enacted Katrina Vanden Heuval, April 5, 2016, Washington Post What once was considered “pie in the sky” is slowly becoming law. In New York, state legislators just agreed to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, with the full effect beginning in New York […]

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Supreme Court deadlocks over public employee union case; Calif. teachers must pay dues By Robert Barnes, March 29, 2016, Washington Post The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was unable to resolve a major challenge to organized labor, and the result was a defeat for a group of California teachers who claim their free speech […]

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Colleges Brace for Overtime Overhaul By Melanie Trottman, March 22, 2016, The Wall Street Journal Schools across the country are bracing for a surge in personnel costs as they prepare for the Obama administration’s overhaul to overtime-pay rules. The Labor Department proposal, due to be released in final form as soon as this summer, would make […]

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How to Cover Right-to-Work and Union Fees By Adam DeRose, March 15, 2016, Reynolds Center Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, many media organizations are following the tussle between President Obama and Congress about naming a successor to the court. Scalia’s death also impacts a number of cases under review of the […]

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Cal State faculty, students expected to press trustees on pay raises, tuition at Long Beach meeting By Carla Rivera, March 8, 2016, Los Angeles Times Cal State faculty members are expected to press their case for pay raises Tuesday at a Board of Trustees meeting — perhaps their last chance to jump-start stalled negotiations before […]

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US Supreme Court Deals Devastating Blow In Public Union Pension Case By Connor D. Wolf, March 1, 2016, Daily Caller The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a devastating blow to New Jersey labor unions Monday by declining to hear their case against Gov. Chris Christie for cutting state pensions. The former Republican presidential candidate cut state pensions […]

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California Public Employment Relations Board issues complaints against university, alleging unfair labor practices By Suhuana Hussain, February 23, Daily Californian The California Public Employment Relations Board, or PERB, issued its second complaint this year against the university Feb. 12, alleging unfair labor practices. The charges — filed by the American Federation State, County and Municipal Employees […]

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The Labor Prospect: What Scalia’s Death Means for Unions By Justin Miller, February 16, 2016, The American Prospect It’s nearly impossible to overstate what conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death over the weekend means for the labor movement. The loss of a conservative majority in the high court thwarts a sophisticated, multi-pronged conservative legal […]

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Cal State Faculty Union Plans 5-Day Strike for April By Lisa Leff, February 9, 2016, KQED News The union that represents California State University faculty said Monday it is preparing for a five-day strike at the system’s 23 campuses, by far the largest walkout since professors and instructors won collective bargaining rights in the early […]

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Cal State chancellor tackles tuition, diversity and salaries By Carla Rivera, February 2, 2016, Los Angeles Times Tuition increases will likely become a new reality for students in the California State University system because of the state’s disinvestment in higher education, Chancellor Timothy P. White said Tuesday. For decades, the 23-campus Cal State system relied on […]

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Is Right-To-Work Key To Job Growth? West Virginia, Other States Tackle A Heated Question By Cole Stangler, January 26, 2016, International Business Times West Virginia — a former union bastion whose embattled coal mines once hosted some of the most fabled labor battles in American history — could soon become the latest state in the […]

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Regional labor groups will join CSU faculty in potential strike By Alexei Koseff, January 19, 2016, The Sacramento Bee Ratcheting up the pressure in an ongoing dispute over raises, the California State University faculty union announced Tuesday that it has secured the support of more than a dozen regional labor councils for a strike that […]

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California labor unions react to Supreme Court dues debate By Jon Ortiz, January 12, 2016, The Sacramento Bee State and local public union officials plowed through a 100-page U.S. Supreme Court transcript on Monday, trying to divine how the nine justices are leaning in a case with the potential to tie a knot in the […]

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High Stakes in Union-Fee Case Before Supreme Court By Mark Walsh, January 5, 2016, Education Week The face of the movement seeking to upend the public-employee labor sector has had a back-and-forth relationship with her own local teachers’ union. Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff among a small group of California teachers whose case goes before the […]

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SEIU puts $3M into ballot fight with California hospitals By Kathy Robertson, December 22, 2015, Sacramento Business Journal In another sign that a 2014 truce is in danger, a powerful union for health care workers has launched a $3 million fund that could fund a new ballot battle with hospitals. Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers […]

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Lincolnshire creates right-to-work zone that unions oppose By Russell Lissau, December 15, 2015, Daily Herald Lincolnshire has become the first town in the Chicago area to establish itself as a right-to-work zone, a move critics have assailed as anti-union. It’s also a move experts say is sure to face a legal challenge. To create the zone, the […]

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Coca-Cola, union agree to federal mediation as strike continues By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, December 8, 2015, Chicago Tribune The union representing striking Coca-Cola workers accepted the company’s offer for federal mediation, even as it shot back at a letter the beverage giant mailed to employees defending the company’s behavior during contract negotiations. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Refreshments said it […]