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Public Unions Can Breathe Another Sigh Of Relief At The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A short-staffed Supreme Court won't rehear an explosive case that could have dealt a fatal blow to public unionism as we know it. Earlie...

Looks Like Scalia Won't Be Saving Public-Sector Unions After All

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public unions clearly appeared to have taken a beating Monday during oral arguments in a major case the Supreme Court is considering. As...

The Supreme Court Appears Set To Issue Crippling Blow To Public Employee Unions

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court gave every indication on Monday that it is ready and willing to invalidate public unio...

Gov. Bruce Rauner Talks Up Republican Values at Illinois State Fair

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday rallied the Republican faithful and predicted a comeback for the party in Illinois as he hosted his first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

The Real Cost of New Cops

David Feige | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
David Feige

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio's unveiled his 78.5 billion dollar budget proposal this week. In it, one big ticket item: 1,300 new police officers. The hiring initiative is great politics but it is terrible policy.

How Many Union Members Are in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his criticism of public unions clear, signing an executive order to stop mandatory "fair share" fees and expressing support for local "right-to-work zones" throughout the state.

Watch: How Will Rauner's Union Plans in Illinois Impact National Law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The more important part of Rauner's action Monday was a motion he filed in federal court that is intended to elicit a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Rauner's belief that forcing non-union employees to pay any fee to a public-sector union is a First Amendment violation.

One Step Closer to Eliminating Power Hungry Unions

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

In the historic Harris v. Quinn case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that home-care workers, many of whom are just parents acting as the primary caregiver for their ill children, shouldn't be forced to join a union.

Howard's Daily: Attracting Good People to Government

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Let's agree on this: Getting able people into government should be a core goal. They should be honored, and treated fairly, and paid reasonably. Public service should be a noble career. But how do we achieve that?

Why Municipalities Should Look to San Jose, Not Detroit, For a Lesson in Pensions

Teague Paterson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Detroit
Teague Paterson

Judge Steven Rhodes's recent ruling in Detroit led many to believe that it's open season on worker pensions. The national media declared local governments had new legal precedent to start cutting benefits for thousands of public employees. This is exactly the wrong lesson to take away from Detroit.

An Open Letter to Chicago's Teachers

Tom Allon | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Tom Allon

Chicago's teachers and their leadership should continue to battle for what they believe in. As a former public school teacher and parent, I actually disagree with some of their goals but will defend their right to pursue it.

Love Them and Leave Them

Al Checchi | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

The Democratic Party will reassess its relationship with public service unions as public opinion regarding public service employees reaches a tipping point.

The Dos and Don'ts of Dealing With an Impasse

Xavier L. Suarez | Posted 03.18.2012 | Miami
Xavier L. Suarez

We agonized over the decision, with the administration saying it could not yield one inch and the union saying that the administration had failed to look for savings and efficiencies in all kinds of other areas.

Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 2)

John Mirisch | Posted 01.09.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Without serious pension reform, kiss new taxes or tax extensions goodbye, no matter how much money special interest groups or unions spend trying to sell us the latest bill of goods.

Shades of Brown: Cities and the Governor's Pension Reforms (Part 1)

John Mirisch | Posted 01.08.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Even though there are those who would make it political, the subject of pension reform for government employees in California is not really a political issue: it's a mathematical issue.

Is Chicago's 'Managed Competition' Fair Competition?

Nick Kaleba | Posted 12.11.2011 | Chicago
Nick Kaleba

While Chicagoans eagerly await the mayor's proposed budget for 2012, the unions wonder if managed competition will have a role in his plan to reduce city expenses. And if so, what will it look like.

Collective Bargaining Battle Heating Up In Ohio | Chris Mazzolini | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

In March, Ohio GOP legislators passed Senate Bill 5, which drastically reduced the bargaining power of public employees' unions. Unionists and their D...

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago's Longer School Day: Reform, Politics Or Both? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago

When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last year that he would begin a campaign toward his current gig, it was only a matter of weeks before he int...

POLL: Democratic Voters Want Pension Reform | Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Sacramento-- California voters want government employees to give up some retirement benefits to help ease the state's financial problem...

Eerie Echoes of a Long-ago Battle

William Lucy | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics
William Lucy

I was with Dr. King during his time in Memphis. Today the struggle of union members in Wisconsin and elsewhere stirs my memories of that time.

The States With The Strongest & Weakest Unions

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The size of American labor unions has fallen sharply in the last decade. Much of this has to do with the erosion of the US manufacturing base. The sin...

Sam Stein

Wisconsin GOP Senators Pass Anti-Union Bill Without Democrats Present | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a bold gambit to put an end to the weeks-long budget standoff in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) split his controversial budget-repa...

Stop Scott Walker's Sleight of Hand

Ellen Bravo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

CEOs on Wall Street and at Wisconsin corporations should be the target of the budget-repair bill. Not the woman who teaches severely disabled teens.

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Anti-Union Bill

AP/The Huffington Post | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — (AP) The Wisconsin Assembly early Friday passed a bill that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights ...

Smash Unions? It Never Even Occurred to Me

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The House of Representatives has just voted emergency funds for building a fence around the state of Ohio.