City of San Jose's Capitulation to Public Safety Unions is Complete

By Edward Ring
If someone told you that they were going to invest their money, but if that money didn’t earn enough interest, they were going to take your money to make up the difference, would you think that was fair? When it comes to pensions for local government workers, that’s what’s happening all over California. San Jose’s...

TAGS: Chuck Reed, pension reform

Union Environmental Appeal of San Jose Infill High-Rise Fools No One

By Kevin Dayton
Today (Tuesday, August 13, 2013) construction trade unions either showed exceptional arrogance or exceptional foolishness when they chose to exploit the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) against a high-profile “infill” project in downtown San Jose. For the past few years, some California state legislators have wanted to discourage CEQA actions meant to advance objectives unrelated...

TAGS: Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), CEQA Reform, Chuck Reed, Darrell Steinberg, San Jose mayor Chuck Reed, Santa Clara-San Benito Building and Construction Trades Council

Unions: It’s Just Pension Envy

By Steven Greenhut
Rhode Island’s Democratic state treasurer, Gina Raimondo, is fond of saying that pension reform is about math, not politics. Other blue-state politicians, ranging from New York governor Andrew Cuomo to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, have moved toward fixing unsustainable pensions. But California’s top statewide political leaders have mostly shrugged at the problems caused by excessive...

TAGS: Chuck Reed

Local Government Election Results in California Highly Relevant to Labor Issues

By Kevin Dayton
California’s primary election night was overshadowed by the support from Wisconsin voters for state elected officials who implemented a modest reform of collective bargaining for public employees. But here is an exclusive report on how the June 5, 2012 election also brought good results for advocates of fiscal responsibility and economic and personal freedom in California. Some...

TAGS: Associated Builders and Contractors of California, Chuck Reed