Media Region: Central Coast

Membership in California’s government unions plummeted in 2018, federal report shows

Membership in California’s government unions plummeted in 2018, federal report shows

“Walk out on the union, not the kids”: A California Policy Center social media advertisement delivered during the Los Angeles teachers strike. Memo to anyone still wondering about the impact of the Supreme Court’s landmark 2018 decision in Janus v AFSCME: Wonder no more. Despite a surging economy, union membership in California dropped by 86,000...

By Editorial Staff

As L.A. strike begins, eye-catching billboards tell teachers they don’t have to strike – they can quit the union

As L.A. strike begins, eye-catching billboards tell teachers they don’t have to strike – they can quit the union

SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS: Billboard at 6th and Beaudry, near LA Unified HQ. LOS ANGELES—As 30,000 teachers walked out of Los Angeles classrooms, a coalition of education reform groups is offering teachers an alternative: leave the teachers union. Billboards around the Los Angeles Unified School District encourage teachers to learn their rights – including the...

By Editorial Staff

Rally for Worker Freedom in San Diego

Rally for Worker Freedom in San Diego

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling (Janus v AFSCME) has given government employees the right to terminate their membership in government unions and prohibit unions from taking money out of their paychecks. Unfortunately, many government employees are unaware of their rights. Even worse, many union bosses are illegally denying requests from workers who want to discontinue their union dues and keep their money. The typical government employee could save about $800 a year – with some saving as much as $1400 a year.

By California Policy Center

California’s State and Local Liabilities Total $1.5 Trillion

California’s State and Local Liabilities Total $1.5 Trillion

California’s total state and local government liabilities as of June 30, 2017, the most recent year for which a complete set of financial and actuarial reports are available, totaled just over $1.5 trillion. Over two-thirds of that total consists of unfunded liabilities for pensions and retiree health insurance for California's state and local public employees.

By California Policy Center

EMBARGOED: Janus attorneys and Cal Policy Center represent Los Angeles teacher in lawsuit against LAUSD, UTLA

EMBARGOED: Janus attorneys and Cal Policy Center represent Los Angeles teacher in lawsuit against LAUSD, UTLA

MEDIA ADVISORY from the LIBERTY JUSTICE CENTER and CALIFORNIA POLICY CENTER MEDIA CONTACTS Kristen Williamson kwilliamson@libertyjusticecenter.org or 847-651-8611 Will Swaim will@californiapolicycenter.org or 949-274-1911 EMBARGOED until Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. PST Janus attorneys and California Policy Center represent Los Angeles teacher in lawsuit against LAUSD, UTLA LOS ANGELES (Nov. 13, 2018) – Attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center and the...

By Editorial Staff

State’s Retired Public Workers Earn 26% More than Private-Sector Workers Still on the Job

State’s Retired Public Workers Earn 26% More than Private-Sector Workers Still on the Job

For Immediate Release March 13, 2017 California Policy Center Ed Ring, ed@calpolicycenter.org (916) 524-7534 California’s retired government workers earn 26% more in retirement than private-sector workers earn while still on the job. That’s the finding of an in-depth analysis released this week by the California Policy Center. “This is an absolutely upside-down system,” said California...

By California Policy Center

California’s State and Local Workers Average Pay and Benefits Twice the Average for Private Sector Workers

California’s State and Local Workers Average Pay and Benefits Twice the Average for Private Sector Workers

For Immediate Release January 26, 2017 California Policy Center Ed Ring, ed@calpolicycenter.org (916) 524-7534 A in-depth analysis released this week by the California Policy Center finds that the average pay and benefits for California’s full-time state and local public employees in 2015 was $121,843. This is nearly twice what the average full-time private sector worker...

By California Policy Center

Friedrichs v. 2.0? U.S. Supreme Court May Get a Second Chance to Free Teachers from Forced Unionism

Friedrichs v. 2.0? U.S. Supreme Court May Get a Second Chance to Free Teachers from Forced Unionism

For Immediate Release January 19, 2017 California Policy Center Will Swaim, will@calpolicycenter.org (949) 274-1911 In a case that will cheer education reformers, four Pennsylvania teachers today sued their unions, school districts and district officials for making union membership a condition of their employment. The suit – and the likely appointment of a reform-friendly Supreme Court...

By California Policy Center

California debt now running closer to Italy and Portugal, new study finds

California debt now running closer to Italy and Portugal, new study finds

For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 California Policy Center Marc Joffe, marc@calpolicycenter.org (415) 578-0558 A landmark study of California’s finances reveals the state’s debt burden is approaching the levels of Italy and Portugal, where debt crises in 2011 and 2012 drove the Eurozone countries to the brink of collapse. The findings come a day after...

By California Policy Center

New California Policy Center Study Offers Next Generation Infrastructure Solutions

New California Policy Center Study Offers Next Generation Infrastructure Solutions

For Immediate Release December 1, 2016 California Policy Center Lee Schalk at 916-258-2396 lee@calpolicycenter.org New California Policy Center Study Offers Next Generation Infrastructure Solutions Study explores how private infrastructure investment can increase water supply, bolster energy, and modernize transportation systems. LOS ANGELES — Today the California Policy Center released a new study investigating California’s infrastructure...

By California Policy Center

Top 10: Vernon Leads California Cities with More Public Employees Than Residents

Top 10: Vernon Leads California Cities with More Public Employees Than Residents

For Immediate Release October 11, 2016 California Policy Center Contact: Will Swaim Will@CalPolicyCenter.org (714) 573-2231 Vernon, California is so famous for its history of corruption that it was the municipal star of season 2 of HBO’s “True Detective” series. Now the diminutive L.A. County town can claim another achievement: Vernon is the only California city with more public employees than...

By Will Swaim

Reporter's Notebook: CPC Offers Expert Help with Local School Bond Reporting

Reporter's Notebook: CPC Offers Expert Help with Local School Bond Reporting

For Immediate Release September 23, 2016 California Policy Center Contact: Will Swaim Will@CalPolicyCenter.org (714) 573-2231 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Well down the November ballot, obscured by the high-profile battle for the White House, Californians will find more than 100 local school bond measures representing hundreds of millions of dollars of new public debt. “The bond process is...

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The Highest-Paid Public Employee in the Poorest County in California

The Highest-Paid Public Employee in the Poorest County in California

Raymond J. Cordova, county executive officer of Imperial County, earns $282,093 with total pay and benefits. That’s 17 times the median per capita income of Imperial County residents, who earned just $16,409. By comparison, San Francisco’s highest paid public official, Chief Investment Officer William J. Coaker Jr., made $633,723 – about 13 times SF’s median...

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