Can Public Sector Union Power Ever Be Stopped?

By Edward Ring
11/20/2018
Imagine you’re hoping to support a candidate for local office who will enact reforms that will improve your city, maybe even save it. Someone who will fight tirelessly to eliminate work rules that force agencies to hire more people than are actually necessary. Someone who will insist that incompetent public employees are fired. Someone who...

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How Government Unions Will Attack the Janus Ruling

By Edward Ring
06/27/2018
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision in the landmark case Janus vs. AFSCME, ruling that public sector unions can no longer force public employees to pay union dues. Janus argued that even so-called “agency fees,” which unions claim are only for collective bargaining and are therefore non-political, are, in fact, inherently political. As...

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A Time for Choosing: The End of Forced Union Representation

By Kelly McGee
06/27/2018
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of Mark Janus, making it unconstitutional for union leaders to compel public employees to pay “fair share fees”. In anticipation of this decision, union-backed lawmakers in Sacramento have been pushing bills to limit the freedom of government employees to choose whether they can be represented by unions. Think of these...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Janus vs AFSCME

California’s Government Unions Take Steps to Obliterate Janus Impact

By Edward Ring
06/20/2018
Within days the U.S. Supreme Court is going to issue its ruling on the case Janus vs AFSCME. This case, if the ruling goes as expected, is going to overturn current law that requires public employees to pay union dues. Here in California, along with a handful of other large, urbanized, very blue states, public-sector...

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A Catalog of California’s Anti-Janus Legislation

By Edward Ring
06/07/2018
No state in America is as firmly in the grip of public sector unions as California. For nearly twenty years, union controlled Democrats have exercised nearly absolute power in the State Legislature. Over the past few years, as they have slipped in and out of having a two-thirds majority, and often with the help of...

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Funding the Post-Janus Fight Against Government Unions

By Edward Ring
05/30/2018
A recent “messaging memo,” issued by “OpportunityAgenda.org,” provides expert marketing advice for activists who hope to mitigate the impact of the much anticipated Janus ruling. In that case, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, the expected decision will empower government workers to opt-out of paying any union dues whatsoever. Depending on the details which will...

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Janus vs AFSCME Ruling Imminent – What Will Change?

By Edward Ring
05/24/2018
In February 2018 the US Supreme Court heard arguments in Janus vs. AFSCME, a case that challenges the ability of public sector unions to compel public employees to pay agency fees. While public sector employees currently have the ability to opt-out of paying that portion of union dues that are used for political activities, they...

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‘Bargaining for the common good’ could come back to haunt the unions in Janus v. AFSCME

By Larry Sand
02/27/2018
“Bargaining for the common good,” which greatly expanded the parameters of collective bargaining, was cooked up in 2014 by leaders from public sector unions and community organizations at a national conference held at Georgetown University. The meeting’s priorities included using “the bargaining process as a way to challenge the relationships between government and the private-sector;...

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