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Public Employee Unions

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

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.

The Truth About California's Pension Slashers

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

The initiative would not only cut the retirement benefits of future public sector workers, but of current government employees as well. Should the measure make it to the ballot and prevail, that provision will surely trigger a bitter legal fight.

John Celock

GOP Women Told To Walk With 'Male Escort'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas Republican legislators are being warned to take increased security precautions in the state Capitol on Wednesday -- and female la...

John Celock

'Extreme' Kansas Union Bill Set For Quick Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas lawmakers are set to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a bill that could dramatically overhaul collective bargaining for teache...

John Celock

Lobbyist Wants Bill To 'Get Rid Of' Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chief lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce told state legislators Wednesday that he wants to see them pass a bill to end auto...

Good Government Is Ours to Shape

Gregory Floyd | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Gregory Floyd

Government can be a powerful and positive force in everyone's life. We must continue to spread that message to everyone in this city, state and country.

The Other Big Winner in Wisconsin -- Andrew Cuomo

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

It would be better for the Democratic Party to face the issue of public sector reform in the manner that Cuomo has, rather than play the defensive game it did in Wisconsin.

One City's 'Last And Best Chance To Avoid A Bankruptcy'

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business

(Adds comments) By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Stockton, California's city council approved a plan l...

Arbitrator Sides With Union Over Quinn's Layoffs, Closures

Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

An arbitrator ruled Monday that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D)'s call for seven state facility closures and 1,900 worker layoffs violates the state's...

John Celock

Ohio Collective Bargaining Law Faces November Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

This is the first part of a collaboration between The Huffington Post and Patch regarding the November referendum over Ohio's new collective bargainin...

Three CPS Schools Break From Union, OK Longer School Day

Posted 11.03.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard received an early Labor Day present when teachers at three sm...

Drug Test Proposal Inspires 8-Day Teacher Strike In Central Ill.

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

Angered by a newly proposed random drug testing policy, the teachers union in the Illini Bluffs School District in the central Illinois town of Glasfo...

GOP Governor Looks To Stop Effort To Repeal Controversial Anti-Union Law

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH and ANN SANNER | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and top Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they're offering to discuss weakening a new law limiting coll...

City Lays Off Half Its Traffic Aide Force

Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

Pink slips were reportedly delivered Friday to 97 full-time city-employed traffic control aides who keep an eye on busy intersections in the Loop and ...

Arbitrator:Governor Quinn Should Pay Raises He Cancelled

Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago

An arbitrator sided Tuesday with Illinois' largest employee union in an ongoing battle over Governor Pat Quinn's announcement earlier this month that ...

Quinn Defends Cancelling Raises, Is Prepared For Possible Lawsuit

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

Though Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Friday announcement of the cancellation of some 30,000 state employee's anticipated raises was describ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Union: Gov. Quinn Cancelling Raises Worse Than Scott Walker

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

In a move that has ignited the ire of labor groups statewide, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced on Friday the cancellation of pay raises for thous...

CPS Expected To Lay Off 1,000 Teachers This Week

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

An estimated 1,000 teachers are expected to lose their job this week the Chicago Public School system struggles with a multi-million dollar budget def...

WATCH: HuffPost's Amanda Terkel Talks Unions With Rachel Maddow

Huff TV | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Amanda Terkel, Senior Politics Reporter at The Huffington Post, appeared Monday on 'The Rachel Maddow Show' to discuss new anti-union measures being p...

Wisconsin Emails Show GOP Considered Ways To Punish Dems

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wis...

William Alden

Jesse Jackson Speaks To Milwaukee Crowd In Support Of Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE -- Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd of demonstrators in Milwaukee Thursday evening, laying out a strategy to oppose the anti-union rights...

Watch "Spoiled" Firefighters at Work (VIDEO)

Toby Barlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Toby Barlow

Detroit firefighters have been up against a rash of fires in abandoned houses, continuing budget cuts, and now a Fox-addled public that's chomping at the bit to gut their pensions and health care.

Walker Issues Layoff Warning Notices

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

March 4, 2011 11:39:08 PM MADISON, Wis., March 4 (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued layoff warning notices on Friday to unions ...

Judge Orders Protesters To Be Removed From Wisconsin Capitol

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — About 50 pro-union protesters peacefully left the state Capitol late Thursday after a judge ruled they could no longer spend the...