What Happens When Public Unions Control Everything for Decades?

By Mike Shedlock
07/29/2015
Editor’s Note:  California and Illinois have a lot in common. Both have diverse, resilient economies, both are large states with most of the population concentrated in urban areas, and both have been controlled for decades by public sector unions. The crucial difference, of course, is that at least in Illinois, there is a reform minded...

TAGS: government employee unions, pension reform, public pensions, public sector unions

Always Check for the Government Union Label

By Jon Coupal
04/07/2015
Because of Proposition 13, the unions representing California’s government employees — employees that are the highest paid in all 50 states according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — have a huge stake in who is elected to the state Legislature. While most Californians are aware that Proposition 13 limits increases in property taxes —...

TAGS: government employee unions, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Proposition 13

Government Employee Unions – The Root Cause of California's Challenges

By Edward Ring
06/03/2014
Spokespersons for California’s government employee unions perpetuate a myth of staggering absurdity and tragic consequences – that they are protecting working Californians from wealthy corporations and wealthy individuals. The reality is that government employee unions are focused on one thing: Expanding government employee pay, benefits and privileges. This requires expanding government, and that priority comes...

TAGS: crony capitalism, government employee unions, government unions, public sector unions, special interests, unionized government