Tag archive for California Teachers Association

Who decides how much unions may charge non-members?

As Dan DiSalvo notes below, yesterday the Supreme Court heard arguments in Harris v. Quinn, in which several home health care workers in Illinois who have refused to join the Service Employees International Union object to being forced to pay a so-called “agency fee” to the union for representation. As Dan’s analysis and another on Scotusblog make clear, the case raises some important constitutional issues. But what also interests me and, I think, has political implications for the future of these arrangements, is a significant issue not being argued as central in this case…

The California Teachers Association: A Failure of Leadership

Amidst the debate over pension cuts in Detroit, it’s remarkable how little blame has been assigned to union leadership. The media, public and retirees have directed virtually all their criticism at state and local officials, past and present. But where was the union leadership throughout …

California unions target business-friendly Dems

Last week’s study by the Tax Foundation rated California’s tax system the third most anti-business in the country. Other studies have ranked California’s business climate even lower. So it’s not surprising that some business-friendly Democrats are gaining traction by making the case that California needs …

Labor’s big victories in state initiative elections

Much of the commentary in the wake of the Nov. 6 election has revolved around the role unions played in helping reelect Barack Obama in key states. By its own admission, labor spent some $400 million on the national election. But as I pointed out …

Union money surges into CA paycheck protection fight

As I’ve written here repeatedly throughout this year’s election cycle, the fight over California’s Proposition 32 — which would, amongst other things, prevent unions from using member dues for political purposes without a member’s consent — is being treated as an existential threat by big labor in the Golden State. And when the unions believe themselves imperiled, they’ll stop at nothing to crush the opposition (as I noted in a City Journal piece earlier this year, the California Teachers’ Association went so far as to mortgage its Sacramento headquarters in order to come up with money to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2005 reform initiatives). And indeed, the newest figures on donations to the No on 32 campaign show a labor establishment gearing up for the political battle to end all political battles

Unions flood money into California paycheck protection fight

Last week, I noted that close polling on California’s Proposition 32 — which would, among other things, end the ability of the state’s unions to spend membership dues on political causes without member consent — likely presaged “an orgy of union money in the final weeks of the race.” As new records filed with the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento show, the reality has outpaced even the wildest expectations of those of us who anticipated the deluge

One win, one loss as California’s legislative session closes

There’s mixed news out of Sacramento today, as the California Legislature barrels toward the midnight deadline to close out its current session. On the upside, AB 5, a bill which would see the teachers unions dictating the terms of teacher evaluations, has died a merciful death. As I noted yesterday, this will leave the state’s education system still in need of reform, but thankfully spared from even further capture by the unions. The news on pensions, however — where Democrat-led “reform” looks prone for passage — is not nearly as heartening

California teachers want to collectively bargain accountability standards

I’ve written here before about California’s AB 5, the proposed law that the all-powerful California Teachers Association is attempting to use as a vessel for union control of teacher evaluations. With the Golden State coming up against its deadline to pass legislation tomorrow, there is a mad dash to get the bill to Jerry Brown’s desk in time. If that happens, the consequences for California’s schoolchildren will be dire

California teachers union attempting to manipulate accountability standards

California lawmakers should be reading their Ralph Waldo Emerson. There’s a great bon mot from the transcendentalist author — “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” — which bears on the future of education in the Golden State. When the California Teachers Association — the enormously powerful union that resists teacher accountability at every turn  — gets behind a bill that claims to implement performance measures for educators, you know it’s too good to be true.

A “Modern-Day” tyranny?

As my colleague Dan DiSalvo highlighted in an earlier post, measures to restrict union dues for political purposes have been on the ballot in California twice–Proposition 226 under Governor Wilson and Proposition 75 under Governor Schwarzenegger. In 1998 Governor Wilson suggested, similar to Troy Senik more recently in his Spring 2012 City Journal article, that the California Teachers Association is “the single most powerful lobby in Sacramento.” Wilson went on to argue in favor of Prop