CTA’s ongoing charter school whoppers

By Larry Sand
Washington Post writer Jay Mathews is “woke” to the fact that the California Teachers Association lies. Jay Mathews has been around the block a few times. He has been with the Washington Post since 1971, and for many of those years he has written about education issues, often arguing for sensible reforms. Which is why...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Charter schools, Jay Mathews, Kids Not Profits, Larry Sand, Marshall Tuck, Patrick Wolf, Steven Greenhut, teachers union, Tony Thurmond

Trailer trash

By Larry Sand
Forced unionism may soon be illegal, but a mandatory union propaganda law is now on the books in California. The public employee unions, especially the teacher union variety, are very jittery over the prospect that the Janus case, if successful in the U.S. Supreme Court next year, could free government workers from paying forced dues...

TAGS: AB 119, Association of American Educators, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Janus v. AFSCME, Joshua Pechthalt, Larry Sand, Steven Greenhut, teachers union

California’s Public Sector Union Pension Secrecy Lobby

By Steven Greenhut
Last month, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced that it would post the names and pension amounts of its retirees. But after the Retired Public Employees Association of California (RPEA) objected, CalPERS quickly pulled back from this pledge. RPEA leaders made what amounted to a novel and troubling argument about why vital public...

TAGS: CalPERS, City Journal, pension tsunami, Steven Greenhut

Knox vs. SEIU – A Reaffirmation

By Larry Sand
The Supreme Court reached the right decision in the Knox case, but we still to need to let all American workers choose whether or not they want to belong to a union. While last week’s Supreme Court’s Arizona immigration and Obamacare decisions have caused great controversy in some circles, its earlier judgment in the Knox...

TAGS: agency fee payer, Forced Unionism, National Right to Work Foundation, Service Employees International Union, Steven Greenhut, teachers unions

The Politics of Public Sector Unions

By Steven Greenhut
To say that the unions have undue influence in the California Legislature, as many critics allege, is to understate the problem. The unions – and the public sector ones in particular – don’t just control the Legislature. They are the Legislature. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, previously worked as an attorney for a...

TAGS: Governor Brown, Steven Greenhut