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  • The naked self-interest of the bureaucratic class

    For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did. That's good for the president, but it may not be good for the...
  • Supreme Court, public employees, unions, 1st Amendment shield

    Supreme Court, public employees, unions, 1st Amendment shield
    The Supreme Court shielded public employees from being fired or disciplined if they testify in court against their superiors, ruling Thursday that the 1st Amendment protects citizens who are called upon to tell the truth. The 9-0 decision bolsters the...
  • Supreme Court expected to rule today on forced union dues for government workers

    Supreme Court expected to rule today on forced union dues for government workers
    The Supreme Court is expected to decide Monday whether government workers can be forced to pay dues to a union. Experts say the decision could cripple the ability of public sector unions to function. Unions are obligated to bargain over benefits and...
  • Supreme Court on unions: Could have been worse, but still not good

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have ridden to the rescue of public employee unions in Harris vs. Quinn, the important labor rights case the Court decided Monday, as some scholars thought he might. But he didn't.   In a 1991 case, Scalia...
  • Union benefits without union dues

    Just like their counterparts in the private sector, government workers have long been able to join unions, which then charge dues to cover expenses for services that include negotiating wages and advocating for political action. And just like their...
  • Supreme Court ruling on home healthcare workers a setback for unions

    Supreme Court ruling on home healthcare workers a setback for unions
    The Supreme Court dealt a limited setback to organized labor Monday, ruling that personal home-care employees in Illinois cannot be forced to pay union dues. But to the relief of the nation’s largest unions, the justices refrained from extending the...
  • Hundreds of city workers protest bank deals at L.A. City Hall

    Hundreds of city workers protest bank deals at L.A. City Hall
    Hundreds of city workers and their allies packed the streets and sidewalks outside Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday morning, protesting "predatory fees" the city pays to Wall Street banks. The Fix LA Coalition, which includes labor unions, clergy and...
  • City employee unions would gain clout in pensions ruling

    City employee unions would gain clout in pensions ruling
    Thanks to federal and state laws, public employee unions have enormous power over the pension benefits paid by local governments. This week, a hearing officer in Los Angeles has proposed giving city unions even more say, requiring their approval before...
  • Connecticut's Unfunded Debts: Future Peril

    We all use state services and we are all invested in Connecticut's future. My family's investments are primarily in our home and jobs. Yours may include children in school, a parent in a nursing home, care for a disabled family member, living in a town...
  • Connecticut's Economic Stall Calls For Real Sacrifice

    In January, Connecticut lost 9,700 private sector jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. Just another statistic in the numbingly long list that has earned the state the nation's worst job creation record. A serious economic problem —...
  • AG Madigan defends state pension law

    AG Madigan defends state pension law
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the state’s first response to a series of challenges to the new law aimed at resolving the state’s government worker pension debt, arguing that changes in retirement benefits were a “valid...