January 29, 2014
Re "Who should pay union dues?," Editorial, Jan. 23 Yes, non-union employees should absolutely pay dues to unions they haven't joined but that got better wages and conditions for them. And bicyclists should be forced to pay gas taxes for something they didn't buy, since they use roads that were made for cars and paid for by these taxes. They should pay their fair share, since they didn't build that. And people who don't personally choose to own a gun but live where it's legal to have a firearm for home defense should be forced to donate to the National Rifle Assn.
January 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether teachers and other public employees can be required to pay dues to support a union even if some of them oppose it. Since 1977, the high court has upheld such mandatory union fees, but some justices suggested that they were open to changing course and striking down such the practice as a violation of the 1st Amendment. Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr. repeatedly questioned how the government can force unwilling workers to pay such dues, known as “fair-share” dues.
January 20, 2014 |
The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions. Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used Medicaid funds to pay salaries for in-home care workers to assist disabled adults who otherwise might have to be put in state institutions. The jobs were poorly paid and turnover was high. Over the last decade, more than 20,000 of these workers in Illinois voted to organize and won wage increases by joining the Service Employees International Union.
January 6, 2014 |
SEATTLE - After battling for months with Boeing Co.'s leadership, the company's largest union approved an eight-year contract that trades hard-fought pension benefits for the right to build the 777X airliner - a bitterly fought concession that underscores unions' uphill battle at the bargaining table. The contract approved late Friday was negotiated not with a bankrupt city or a struggling manufacturer, but with a company that delivered a record 648 planes last year and whose shares traded at all-time highs on the New York Stock Exchange.
October 7, 2013 |
Monday is the 10th anniversary of the recall of Gov. Gray Davis and the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Was it the great watershed in California government that some predicted at the time? Was it a "people's revolution," something like Proposition 13, that would trigger a broader national uprising against politics as usual? Was it the great reengagement of an electorate that had been alienated by the mess our leaders had made of things? Or was the recall none of these things, just a system reset that hardly changed anything?
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May 21, 2013 |
Members of the union representing Los Angeles firefighters voted down a proposal to increase dues to finance aggressive political campaigns, union leaders said Tuesday. The leadership of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City wanted members to pay $38 per paycheck in union dues, up from $19, to increase the amount of money in the group's political action committee. The organization represents about 3,200 members from the rank of firefighter to captain. VIDEO: Firefighters union urges dues hike for political campaigns Union President Frank Lima said Tuesday that the proposal was rejected in a close vote by more than 800 members who casted ballots.