Time for California’s Government Unions to Get Serious About Pension Reform

By Edward Ring
It’s been a long time since California’s pension systems were responsibly managed. Back then, they made conservative investments, paid modest but fair benefits to retirees, and did not place an unreasonable financial burden on taxpayers. But a series of decisions and circumstances over the past thirty years put these pension systems on a collision course...

TAGS: CalPERS, City Journal, Edward Ring, government unions, Gray Davis, pensions, public unions

Unions Continue Their Long March into the Classroom

By Larry Sand
Labor union indoctrination is seeping into our schools before our very eyes. Teacher union intrusion into the lives of children is not new. Via anti-child work rules like tenure and seniority, unions have been making their influence felt for years. Additionally, as labor expert Kevin Dayton points out, they have been angling to promote their...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Dennis Van Roekel, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, Gray Davis, Kevin Dayton, Kevin Jennings, Labor History Month, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Parent Trigger, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program

Unions Await Fantastic Return on High-Speed Rail Political Investments

By Kevin Dayton
It’s a heady time to be a top construction union official in California, as the California High-Speed Rail Authority presumably now holds proposals from as many as five design-build consortiums to build the first segment of the $68 billion project. If this project moves forward, it will become part of the pantheon of huge American infrastructure projects...

TAGS: California Construction Industry Labor-Management Cooperative Trust, California high speed rail, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Community Benefits Policy, Gray Davis, high speed rail, Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978, Northern California District Council of Laborers, Project Labor Agreements, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

Watch Union Official’s Rude Antics at California High-Speed Rail Conference

By Kevin Dayton
On January 11, 2013, a video camera recorded a stunning public tirade by Fresno’s top construction union official at a conference about supposed local contracting opportunities for the first segment of California’s High Speed Rail. Below is video footage of the beginning of a panel discussion about Project Labor Agreements, and below that is the...

TAGS: Associated Builders and Contractors, California high speed rail, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, Community Benefits Agreements, Community Benefits Policy, Gray Davis, Project Labor Agreements, Proposition 1A (November 2008), San Joaquin Valley, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, U.S. Department of Labor

How Will Students Celebrate Labor History Month in California Schools?

By Kevin Dayton
Do you have children or grandchildren in California public schools? You may need to give some counter-instruction at home to balance the material disseminated at school assemblies and through classroom instruction during Labor History Month. As enacted by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012 through Assembly Bill 2269, the entire month of May is now designated by the state government for...

TAGS: Gray Davis, Jerry Brown, Labor History Month, May Day, University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program