The Taxpayer as Bagman

By Larry Sand
In California, the citizenry pays for the collection of dues for public employee unions. As just about every teacher in California will tell you, union dues are deducted by the local school district from their monthly paycheck just as federal and state withholding taxes are. Then the school district turns the money over to the...

TAGS: A.J. Duffy, AFL-CIO, California Teachers Association, Friedrichs, Larry Sand, Prop. 32, Prop. 75, teachers union, union dues, UTLA

Why Public Sector Unions are “Special” Special Interests

By Edward Ring
California’s November 2012 statewide ballot included Prop. 32, the “Stop Special Interest Money Now” initiative. Among the provisions included in this campaign finance reform measure was the requirement that public sector unions obtain permission from each member prior to using a portion of their dues to support political campaigns. It’s hard to precisely determine just...

TAGS: difference between public and private sector unions, Prop. 32, public sector unions, special interests

Tracking California’s November 2012 Elections Related to Labor Issues

By Kevin Dayton
California’s Proposition 32 is the country’s most high-profile election in November 2012 directly related to labor unions and labor policy issues. There are also several California local elections – particularly Measure V to enact a charter in the City of Costa Mesa – that will potentially strengthen or weaken union control of government. Here’s a summary of...

TAGS: Charter Cities, City of Costa Mesa - Measure V, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Measuring the Cost of Project Labor Agreements on School Construction in California, Project Labor Agreements, Prop. 32, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, San Diego Unified School District, Solano Community College District, West Contra Costa Unified School District

Combating Union Misinformation

By Larry Sand
Getting the facts to people who have been lied to for decades is essential for change. In my latest City Journal post, I argue in favor of an initiative that will be on the ballot in California in November. Proposition 32, which will appear on the November general-election ballot, would ban unions and most corporations...

TAGS: Act 10, agency fee payer, American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Darren Miller, National Education Association, Prop. 32, teachers union