Tag archive for Collective bargaining

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds Walker’s Act 10

The long legal battle over Scott Walker’s controversial Act 10, the budget repair bill in Wisconsin, appears to be over. In a major legal victory for Walker in an election year, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has just ruled that the bill was constitutional in a 5-2 decision. The far ranging 2011 bill was known chiefly because it limited collective bargaining rights for many public employees…

States ponder athletes as government employees

A few weeks ago I wrote about the opportunity that a recent NLRB ruling allowing student athletes at Northwestern to organize might create for public sector organizing. Now states are moving in different directions with regard to allowing unionizing of student athletes at public universities…

California lawsuit seeks to end mandatory union dues

In Illinois and many other states, government workers are often forced to pay union dues in order to hold on to their jobs. But a lawsuit filed on behalf of teachers in California may bring this practice to an end.

Illinois union “bulletin” maps out path to state employee strike

The Herald and Review has managed to get ahold of a new bulletin from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, to its members. This new message indicates that the union is getting closer to calling for a strike, and gives the union’s rationale for a walkout, revealing some very useful facts on the state of bargaining

Government unions may be big losers in Michigan

The press is playing the Michigan labor battle as significant because the state is home to the United Auto Workers and is considered a cradle of unionization. But private sector union rates have sunk to about 12 percent of the workforce in Michigan. Meanwhile, however, …

Government unions attempt to take over Michigan on ballot

In November, Michigan voters will decide whether to approve or reject a union proposal that will give government unions the power to overrule state laws at the bargaining table.

Judicial overreach in Wisconsin

Over at Pointoflaw.com, Adam Freedman describes Judge Juan Colas’ opinion striking down the Wisconsin collective bargaining reforms of Scott Walker as “a thinly veiled piece of judicial activism.” The heart of the decision, writes Freedman:

… appears to be this single sentence on page 15: “Although the statutes do not prohibit speech or associational activities, the statutes do impose burdens on employees’ exercise of those rights when they do so for the purpose of recognition of their association as an exclusive bargaining agent.”

What’s wrong with Yonkers?

A more extreme version of the problems confronted by most cities nationwide: overly generous compensation packages and restrictive union contracts. But Yonkers’ case is worse than most. What has escorted Yonkers to the brink is a uniquely irresponsible culture of fiscal (mis)management, going back for decades.
Does this mean that …

More on Chicago teachers strike

I’ve written an op-ed for cnn.com on the Chicago teachers strike, focusing on the larger issue that goes well beyond what’s happening in Chicago–namely, that the key decisions about education in this country are heavily shaped by the power of special interests.

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Dougco Board Bids Teachers Union Adieu, Moves On

On Wednesday, 18 months after adopting a groundbreaking local private school choice program, the Douglas County Board of Education once again set the bold reform standard. Elected leaders of the 60,000-student school district immediately south of Denver, Colo., unanimously voted to cut ties with the teachers union, and to keep taxpayer dollars and district resources from underwriting union politics.

Before the meeting, a couple hundred protesting teachers and their allies marched outside the Douglas County school district administration building. They were making a statement in advance of the Board’s final consideration of whether to place measures undercutting union power on the fall ballot for voters to decide. Protesters included some teachers from unions outside Dougco. Days after telling the Denver Post her union needs “to put kids front and center,” new Colorado Education Association president Kerrie Dallman urged members to protest on behalf of adult priorities under the shared values of “collectivism” and “solidarity.”

Without heed to the demonstration outside, the Board wisely opted to save taxpayers money and put the contentious issue behind them by formally prohibiting district collection of union dues and compensation of unaccountable union officers: