Why Aren't Unions Fighting California's Bullet Train Boondoggle?

By Edward Ring
11/24/2015
Back in 2008, voters in California approved Prop. 1, a statewide initiative to spend, “$9 billion for building a new high-speed railroad between San Francisco and Los Angeles.” Total cost, $9.5 billion. Remember that? Quoting further from the original initiative’s ballot language: “Bond Costs. The costs of these bonds would depend on interest rates in effect...

TAGS: "bullet train", California high speed rail, California Labor Federation

Union Controlled Legislature Continues Assault on Charter Schools

By Gloria Romero
04/10/2015
When it comes to dealing with California’s successful, independent charter schools, powerful, monied special interests – and the lawmakers they fund – prefer a twist on the adage “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Their version: If you can’t beat them, destroy them. This was manifested last month when four Democratic lawmakers trumpeted their introduction...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, Charter schools, Vergara vs. California

Public Sector Unions Threaten Owners of LA Times Not to Sell to Koch Bros.

By James Lacy
05/10/2013
Union excess, echoed with approval by their media allies, especially in liberal San Francisco, has hit an almost absurd level.  Non-union hotels like Hyatt are inexplicably vilified in the liberal press.  The nurses at the University of California’s hospitals, including U.C. San Francisco, have gone on strike, over, among other things, their objections to “unprecedented executive excess.” ...

TAGS: California Labor Federation, Koch Brothers, Los Angeles Times, seiu

Unions Defy CEQA Reformers with Taunting Resolution

By Kevin Dayton
02/12/2013
Despite their reputation as effective and extensive abusers of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to pursue economic objectives unrelated to environmental protection, California union leaders are strategically choosing to be vocal activists against CEQA reform. Union leaders are obviously quite confident that corporate executives and the news media will hesitate to make them accountable for...

TAGS: A Move to Put the Union Label on Solar Power Plants, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Labor Federation, Labor Coalition’s Tactics on Renewable Energy Projects Are Criticized, Laborers Union (LIUNA) Local No. 783, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, San Diego Convention Center Expansion, San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, San Diego County Central Labor Council, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, UNITE HERE Local Union No. 30, Wal-Mart

Finding Common Ground With Private Sector Unions

By Editor
05/03/2012
The California Labor Federation has a membership of more than 1,200 unions, representing over two million workers. And the first of seven key issues they list on their legislative agenda for 2012 is supporting high speed rail. As they put it, “Building high speed rail will grow our economy and create long-term jobs. An estimated...

TAGS: California Labor Federation, high speed rail