Tag: unions
Soaring Pension Costs Devour School Budgets in California

The revised budget unveiled in May by California Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to increase the amount of money that public school districts and their teachers would pay into the teacher pension fund going forward. The legislature must approve a budget by June 15 or legislators forfeit their pay until a budget is passed. The...
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The Police State Retaliates Against Mayor for Pension Reform

Mayor Jim Righeimer of Costa Mesa, California, is taking the city’s police union to court saying he was the target of police intimidation for trying to curb pension costs associated with the city’s police officers and other employees. Costa Mesa has $200 million of unfunded pension liabilities for its government workers. The city has...
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San Francisco Professor Compares BART Transit Workers to Slaves

The two strikes by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) unions during the recent contract negotiations have prompted a legislative campaign to ban strikes by public transit workers in California. John Logan, a professor and director of labor and employment studies at San Francisco State University, recently wrote an opinion piece opposing a ban for...
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Generous Contract Offer Still Not Enough for BART Hostage Takers

On Friday, about 2,400 union workers with the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system went on strike for the second time in four months. The unions—the Service Employees International Union and Amalgamated Transit Union—represent BART station agents, train operators, mechanics, maintenance workers, and professional staff. The striking workers are unhappy with BART’s...
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California’s Pension Tsunami Swells as Pension Benefits Surge

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is the nation’s largest public pension fund. It also has massive unfunded liabilities, as much as $290 billion depending on the calculation method. Many are quick to blame the Great Recession and its low investment returns for the unfunded debts. But new data uncovered by the Sacramento...
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Time for Taxpayer Protections on California Transportation Projects

The new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is $5 billion over its original budget and nine years past its initial completion date. Such massive cost overruns and delays have shocked the public but one key question never gets asked, or answered: Why should taxpayers be on the hook for overruns? They shouldn’t,...
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Time To Unload the BART Gravy Train

Last week’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike created the world’s largest parking lot, as 400,000 commuters who usually ride BART trains each day sat in cars and buses trying to move through the gridlocked Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. Last Friday, the two striking unions agreed to return to work for 30 days while...
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TSA, the $1,022.95 Pocketknife, and Why Your Flight is Delayed

A rancher* friend of ours—fancying himself a free man, self-sufficient, and disinclined to outsiders’ meddling—was stopped in airport security not too long ago, caught carrying a fancy pocketknife: the Mini Leatherman at right, in fact, a handy all-in-one tool just right for a working man. Not taking kindly to the suggestion that he give...
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Goodbye, “America’s Most Challenging High School.” Hello, Ebonics?

The school rated “America’s Most Challenging High School” by the Washington Post is about to get an extreme makeover. With the surrounding Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) producing a drop-out rate double that for the rest of California, the American Indian Model Charter School clearly poses an embarrassment to the OUSD’s unionized teachers and...
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NLRB: A Rogue Agency?

Earlier this week, I posted about the recent Court of Appeals decision finding that Obama violated the Constitution when making “recess appointments” when the Senate was not in recess. Well, over at Breitbart, there is an article on the response from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). At base, the NLRB has decided to...
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