Labor Issues

Union bill will drive up counties’ costs of providing services

Municipal governments exist to provide essential services, such as law enforcement, firefighting, parks and recreation, street repairs and programs for the poor and homeless. But as pension, health-care and …

No surprise that unions are eager for new voting system

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and a host of union officials are savaging the Republican-controlled Orange County Board of Supervisors for its recent rejection of a plan …

Expect unions to use good returns to deflect attention from growing problem

California’s fiscal watchdogs are bracing for the forthcoming press statements from the nation’s largest state-run pension fund, and from the public-sector unions that depend on the system to …

Teacher-tenure reform shaping up as big education fight this year

Despite the oft-discussed need for education reform in California, the state Legislature will only consider one major reform bill this year. Even that bill’s passage is uncertain, given …

Union dues hike spotlights need for high-court intervention

A recent action by one of nation’s largest public-employee unions illustrates the importance of an Illinois case that might make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court sometime …

Distressed city exits bankruptcy, but more distress ahead

Officials for the decrepit city of San Bernardino are touting the great news that, after five long and tumultuous years, the city this week officially exited bankruptcy. Starting …

Prison unions are punishing California taxpayers … here’s how

If you ever wondered what’s wrong with California’s state government, then mull over this simple example: While California cuts its prison population and staff, it’s increasing the amount of money …

Dues case spotlights unfairness of funding one’s foes

In an oft-quoted scene from “The Godfather,” Michael Corleone and family consigliere Tom Hagen discuss a planned hit on a competing mobster and dirty cop. Michael assures Tom, …

Wackiness aside, unions still our biggest problem

When non-Californians think about what’s wrong with our lovely but dysfunctional state, they tend to think of some of the wackier stuff that routinely makes headlines here. The …

The Future of Work: Capturing the American Dream in an internet-enabled economy

As we race toward a technologically enhanced future, internet-enabled technologies continue to disrupt markets and industries at a breathtaking clip. Corporations see exponential increases in productivity from internet-enabled …

How to modernize labor law

The attached policy study was co-authored by Andrew Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union and a senior fellow at Columbia University. It appeared first in the …

Raft of new state laws are going–or have gone–into effect

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 898 bills into law last year. Most take effect Jan. 1, but others go into effect in coming years. The majority of new laws deal …

Court OKs constitutional challenge to new state law affecting farm industry

A federal appeals court last week took the highly unusual step of finding a U.S. constitutional cause of action in a challenge to a California state law – …

It’s time for real innovation in U.S. labor law

Over the next few days, I am sure there will be a fair amount of ink spilled over Andy Puzder, President-elect Donald Trump's designate to be secretary of …

Job-destroying effects of $15 minimum wage by metro, industry and occupation

The attached policy study was co-authored by Zackary Hawley, assistant professor of economics at Texas Christian University. With a host of states and municipalities implementing large minimum wage …

If elected, would Clinton declare war on the sharing economy?

The following post was co-authored by Senior Fellow Lori Sanders. This coming Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is expected to claim a resounding victory at the climax of a long, hard-fought …

Lawsuit against Palantir shows the absurdity of discrimination law

There’s a scene near the beginning of The Usual Suspects in which the police are interrogating a series of ne’er-do-wells about a recent robbery in Queens. To induce …

Waivers can fix out-of-date federal labor laws

The following op-ed was co-authored by Andrew Stern, former president of Service Employees International Union and a senior fellow at Columbia University. Few relationships in America suffer as unnecessarily thanks …

Court ruling opens avenue for pension reform

An Aug. 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union’s claim that its members had a right to “pension spiking,” which the court described as “various …

What others are saying

From Chicago Tribune: For all its appeal across the political spectrum, the narrative of the gig economy has a major problem: There is very little broad statistical evidence that …

Coalition of 17 free-market groups urges Congress to reject DOL overtime rule

Members of Congress: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to express our strong support for S. 2707 and H.R. 4773, …

Cal Fire’s corruption of public service

When it comes to firefighters, most Americans are satisfied thinking of them as “heroes” who run into burning buildings and battle forest fires — and leaving it at …

Funding ideology, not research, at university labor institutes

One of the ongoing stains on the integrity of the University of California system is its publicly funded labor institutes. They are union-controlled “think tanks” that are about …

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