October 13, 2013 |
The heroic effort of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 to rein in public employee unions has started to produce results. One of Walker's reforms required a majority of members to vote each year to certify the union as its representative. Since that simple change took effect, 13% of Wisconsin's teacher and public employee unions have been decertified because they can't get enough employees to vote to keep the union and pay union dues. When given a choice, it seems public employees themselves don't necessarily support union policies.
June 20, 2013 |
The NBA has cast doubt on the proposed trade between the Clippers and Boston Celtics because a coach cannot be traded for a player under the collective bargaining agreement, said a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The deal that has been discussed and was close to being completed was Boston sending the rights to Coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks. The person said that even if the Clippers and Celtics break the trade into two transactions, the NBA would frown upon that because the Clippers are trying to get Rivers more than anything else.
June 6, 2013 |
Wal-Mart wages are so low they force many of its employees onto the public doles, creating a drag on taxpayers and the economy, according to a new report from the staff of Congressional Democrats. The report analyzes data from Wisconsin's Medicaid program, estimating that a single 300-person, Wal-Mart Supercenter store in that state likely costs taxpayers at least $904,542 per year and could cost up to $1,744,590 per year, or roughly $5,815 per employee. “While employers like Wal-Mart seek to reap significant profits through the depression of labor costs, the social costs of this low-wage strategy are externalized,” conclude the report's authors, the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles controller and mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel said Wednesday she would consider raising the retirement age for current city workers, along with other changes to the city's pension systems, to help Los Angeles close persistent budget gaps. But Greuel, in comments at Cal State Northridge, said she would seek changes only through collective bargaining, not by forcing new rules on workers. Consulting with both business and labor would help break the "paralysis" at City Hall and is a key difference between herself and her opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, Greuel said during an appearance at the university's Career Center, where she was endorsed by San Fernando Valley Congressman Brad Sherman.
February 23, 2013
Thanks to the NBA's new CBA, the trade deadline was DOA. The reluctance of teams to assume future salaries or part with increasingly coveted draft picks under the constricting collective bargaining agreement meant that nearly all was quiet on the Western (and Eastern) fronts Thursday. Dwight Howard remained a Laker. Josh Smith stayed in Atlanta. Eric Bledsoe didn't have to buy change-of-address cards to denote he was a former Clipper. There was little movement of note, unless you count part-time starting shooting guard J.J. Redick going from one bad team (Orlando)
January 7, 2013 |
It's why our games have shootouts, extra innings, overtime or penalty kicks. Sports fans like to have a clearly defined winner and loser, and they want to pass judgment quickly. Ties have become unacceptable even if a deadlock accurately reflects the performance of both teams on a given day. The compulsion to declare who won and who lost the labor dispute that led the NHL to cancel the 2004-05 season drove most observers to decree the league had won, a conclusion that made sense at first glance.