Author Daniel DiSalvo

The UFT and New York City school policy

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been keen to show how he his different from his predecessor Michael Bloomberg. As I’ve argued elsewhere, nowhere is this clearer than in school policy. This is even reflected in the ease with which teachers are now getting tenure.
Bloomberg …

The legal landscape of forced dues

One of the major Supreme Court cases of last term, Harris v. Quinn, has spawned other cases challenging forced dues or agency fee payments in the public sector as a violation of non-union member employees’ First Amendment rights. At the top of the list is Friedrichs v. …

Raimondo wins gubernatorial primary in RI

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won the Rhode Island Democratic Party’s nomination for governor yesterday. It was a hard fought race, where public sector unions, who were angry about a pension reform measure she engineered in 2011, backed her opponents.  Her victory is something of a referendum …

Did the UFT leadership go too far with Sharpton?

Al Sharpton’s rally on Staten Island this weekend to protest Eric Garner’s death due to a police choke-hold came and went peacefully. But the rally laid bare significant divisions between members of the United Federation of Teachers and the union’s leadership as well as tensions …

A look ahead at the 2014 elections

With party polarization preventing action at the national level, especially for the last two years of the Obama presidency, the action of American government will continue to be at the state and local level.
There are a number of races this fall with big implications for …

The tie that binds public employee unions and Wall Street

Some people think that public employee unions can serve, as private sector unions once did, as a counterweight to wealthy business interests. However, when it comes to a hugely important area of public policy, pensions, the unions are more often allies than adversaries with investment …

The stakes in the Long Island Railroad strike

The likelihood of a strike by Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers increased significantly yesterday. The strike threat shows remarkable gumption on the part of the unions. They are willing to inconvenience hundreds of thousands of commuters, vacationers, and local businesses. (The LIRR transports some …

Public sector unions dodge a bullet

Public sector unions dodged a big bullet today that would have reduced their membership rolls and financial resources. The Supreme Court decided, 5-4, in Harris v. Quinn not to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), the precedent that underpins “fair share” fee collection …

A blow to teacher tenure in California

A California judge has ruled that the state’s teacher tenure laws, dismissal procedures, and lay-off processes are unconstitutional because they violate students’ civil rights to an equal education. These provisions, the judge argued, “shock the conscience,” and are akin to segregated schools in the old …

Public employee pay state-by-state

Public employee compensation is the subject of heated political debate.  Looking at national comparisons of public and private sector workers–even when making apples to apples comparisons and controlling for education, experience, and other factors–often conceal more than they reveal. A state-by-state approach is much more …