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Howard's Daily: Attracting Good People to Government

Philip K. Howard | Posted 02.24.2014 | 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.

Walker Explains His 'Divide And Conquer' Strategy

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Newly released documentary film footage shows embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shortly after his election describing a "div...

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

Patch.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

latimes.com | 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.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election A Dead Heat

AP | By TODD RICHMOND | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin Supreme Court election that offered the public its first formal opportunity to weigh in on the national fight over union ...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 right...

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.

Arthur Delaney

'Magnets In Our Shoulders': The Union Of Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS -- For the past ten days, tens of thousands of union protesters have swarmed the state capitol building in Madison, Wis. to protest Repub...

Facing Huge Cuts, State Workers Say: 'Don't Blame Us'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEWARK, New Jersey (Daniel Trotta and Edith Honan) - When a New Jersey family with an autistic child walks into the state office seeking help, Nor...

Lila Shapiro

Wisconsin Governor Threatens To Fight Union Protest With National Guard

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

State workers in Wisconsin are protesting a statement by Republican Governor Scott Walker that, union reps say, amounts to a threat to use the Nationa...

Dem State Senator in Colorado Seeking Union Transparency? (VIDEO)

Kelly Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kelly Maher

Colorado WINS should have to answer some common-sense questions, like who they are and what their budget looks like.