SCOTUS confirms unions can be sued for property damage

By Houston Reese
In an important ruling last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that unions can be sued in state court for damages if striking workers intentionally destroy their employer’s property. The decision is a victory for employers that puts unions on notice that there are consequences for their reckless actions during strikes. In Glacier Northwest v....

TAGS: construction unions, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Teamsters, U.S. Supreme Court

The Unholy Trinity of Public Sector Unions, Environmentalists, and Wall Street

By Edward Ring
Taken at surface value, there ought to be minimal identity of interests between these three special interests. But if you follow the money and power instead of the rhetoric and stereotypes, you will find this unhealthy alliance is alive and thriving. For example, unions use “greenmail,” the threat of a lawsuit on environmentalist grounds, to...

TAGS: construction unions, environmentalists, high speed rail, occupy movement, public sector unions, Wall Street

Construction Unions Should Fight for Infrastructure that Helps the Economy

By Edward Ring
One primary reason California has the highest cost-of-living (and cost of doing business) in America, combined with a crumbling infrastructure, is because California’s construction unions have allied themselves with environmental extremists and crony “green” capitalists, instead of fighting for what might actually help their state. California’s construction unions ought to take a look around the...

TAGS: California high speed rail, California infrastructure investment, construction unions, public sector unions

Forming a Bipartisan Consensus for Public Sector Union Reform

By Edward Ring
Across the United States there is an escalating political conflict over the role of labor unions in society. But it is inaccurate to characterize this conflict as one between Republicans and Democrats. There are members of both major political parties, as well as independents of widely diverse ideologies, who are concerned about civil liberties, the...

TAGS: construction unions, private sector unions, public sector compensation, Public sector pensions, public sector unions