Are Private Sector Unions Passé?

By Larry Sand
This article originally appeared in For Kids and Country.  Union membership is way down, and their collective future is not rosy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership in January, and the results were not pretty for organized labor. There are 50,000 fewer union members in the private sector than in...

TAGS: private sector unions, public sector unions

California Needs Infrastructure, and Unions Should be Helping

By Edward Ring
“Infrastructure” is a perennial topic that enters and leaves California’s public consciousness in the following manner: A politician says “we must rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” journalists report it, almost nothing is done, and the infrastructure continues to crumble. The talking point is made. Check the box. Repeat. Decades pass. If you’ve driven west on Interstate...

TAGS: California infrastructure, government unions, infrastructure, oligarchs, private sector unions

Public Unions ARE the Political "Establishment"

By Edward Ring
The successes of anti-establishment presidential candidates are a powerful reminder that mainstream politicians are not managing America’s political economy or cultural evolution in a way that satisfies most of the electorate. That’s no surprise – it’s a tough job these days, with few historical precedents to offer guidance. Earlier this week an essay published in the...

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In Search of a Legitimate Labor Movement

By Edward Ring
Sarah has worked for a major grocery store chain for the past 25 years. Adjusting for inflation, she makes less now than she did over a decade ago, especially since her hours were cut in order for her employer to avoid being required to offer her health insurance. Even more difficult, she is “on call”...

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Libertarians, Government Unions, and Infrastructure Development

By Edward Ring
“Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” –  John Cleese, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979 Any discussion of California’s neglected infrastructure has to recognize the three factors most responsible, libertarians, environmentalists, and...

TAGS: California infrastructure, environmentalists, libertarians, pension fund solvency, private sector unions, public sector unions

The Growing Rift Between Public and Private Sector Unions

By Stephen Eide
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is coasting to reelection with only partial support from organized labor. While many private unions remain in his corner, the state’s major government unions are either declining to support Cuomo’s bid for a second term or have endorsed a challenger. In this respect, Cuomo 2014 resembles New Jersey Gov....

TAGS: labor movement, private sector unions, Project Labor Agreements, public sector unions, seiu

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