The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

By Edward Ring
By now anyone who works as an independent contractor in California has heard of AB 5, which will force companies to reclassify them as employees. The justification for AB 5, which was reportedly written by the AFL-CIO, is to prevent companies from exploiting workers. Without AB 5, the reasoning goes, companies hire freelancers to do the same work...


Worker freedom: The Janus edition

By Larry Sand
With another right-to-work case headed to the Supreme Court, union lies and chicanery are in high gear. Among the greatest myths in recent history include the belief that Che Guevara was a freedom fighter, that China in the 20th Century was a “People’s Republic” and “If you like your health care plan, you can keep...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, Education Next, Friedrichs v CTA, George Leef, Janus v. AFSCME, Larry Sand, Liberty Justice Center, Mark Janus, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, National Right to Work Foundation, teachers union

Women’s March Madness

By Larry Sand
International Women’s Day showed us what radical women are really about. March 8th saw many International Women’s Day (IWD) events that showcased elitist women’s anger and victimology. Typical was American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten who spoke at the “Women Workers Rising” rally outside the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington D.C. Among other...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, George Soros, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, teachers union

The Myth of the Underpaid Teacher Lives On

By Larry Sand
 Yet another “study” showing how poorly teachers are paid has surfaced. Well, it’s a new school year and there is much tumult in the world of public education. Common Core battles, testing opt-outs, and litigation about school choice and teacher work rules dot the landscape. But with all the uncertainty, it’s comforting to know that...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, AFT, American Enterprise Institute, Andrew Biggs, Economic Policy Institute, Heritage Foundation, Jason Richwine, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Mary Kay Henry, National Education Association, NEA, Richard Trumka, seiu, teacher pay, teachers union, Valerie Strauss

The Unions’ Favorite California State Senator

By Will Swaim
Money in politics has been a recurrent theme in this election cycle. Campaign finance reform advocates, mainstream media and certain candidates have repeatedly driven home the idea that corporations and rich conservatives are biasing the political process by making big-money donations, often without disclosure. Much of the narrative – advanced by authors such as New...


In West Virginia Right-to-Work Debate, Unions Re-Use Scare Story Script

By Jason Hart
A labor union campaign against making West Virginia a right-to-work state is centered on scare tactics voters in Michigan would recognize. With help from International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132, the West Virginia AFL-CIO is warning of lower wages, reduced benefits, and more dangerous working conditions if the state adopts right-to-work. IUOE Local 132’s...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, Right to Work

The Taxpayer as Bagman

By Larry Sand
In California, the citizenry pays for the collection of dues for public employee unions. As just about every teacher in California will tell you, union dues are deducted by the local school district from their monthly paycheck just as federal and state withholding taxes are. Then the school district turns the money over to the...

TAGS: A.J. Duffy, AFL-CIO, California Teachers Association, Friedrichs, Larry Sand, Prop. 32, Prop. 75, teachers union, union dues, UTLA

Planned Persecution

By Larry Sand
NEA claims to be for religious freedom, but Catholics and other right-to-lifers need not apply. “The National Education Association believes that freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. The Association also believes that choice of religion is an intensely personal decision.” These high-minded words are from NEA Resolution I-33, which was passed at its...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Evan Grossman, Larry Sand, Mary Kay Henry, Michael Mulgrew, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Richard Trumka, seiu, teachers union, United Federation of Teachers

The Friedrichs Free Rider Fraud

By Larry Sand
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Friedrichs case has the unions in a tizzy. On June 30th, the Supreme Court decided to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al, a case that could seriously change the way the public employee unions (PEUs) do business. If the plaintiffs are victorious, teachers, nurses, sanitation workers,...

TAGS: "free rider", AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, American Federation of Teachers, CTA, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Heritage Foundation, James Sherk, Koch Brothers, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, National Labor Relations Act, NEA, public employee unions, Right to Work, Rodda Act, seiu, teachers union

With 2014 Mid-Term Elections Close – Unions Intensify Efforts

By Dave Bego
Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake in the upcoming mid-term elections, which is imperative for the President and Big Labor to maintain their majority if there is any hope to achieve Big Labor’s goal of eliminating the secret ballot election and replacing it with the forced unionization method of Card Check. Even at a...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, big labor, Dave Bego, seiu