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Category Archive: Entitlements Crisis

  • Public Sector Unions Vs. Private Sector Unions

    Posted on Jan 14, 2011 by Center for Union Facts

    Is there a coming class war between public-sector workers and private-sector workers? Here’s William McGurn in the Wall Street Journal: The notion that Wall Street and Main Street are fundamentally at odds with one another remains a popular orthodoxy. So much so that we may be missing the first stirrings of a true American class […]

  • Three Signs of Hope in California

    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    It’s hard to imagine a more disastrous public pension system than California (although Illinois is trying). According to a Stanford analysis, the state’s public pensions are underfunded by at least $500 billion, or roughly one-fifth of the revenue taken in by the entire federal government last year. This disaster was caused by an incestuous relationship […]

  • Showdown in the Sunshine State

    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    As the Florida state legislature looks into reforming its pension system, a war of words has erupted between Sunshine State lawmakers and public-sector unions: Unions have rebuffed reform efforts, pointing to reports showing that state and local retirement plans made up 2.37 percent of expenditures in 2008, while some municipalities throughout Florida contend retirement benefits […]

  • Elections Have Consequences, Union Edition

    Posted on Jan 07, 2011 by Center for Union Facts

    As President Barack Obama said two years ago, “Elections have consequences”. He’s probably less enthusiastic about that bromide today — as are the unions who campaigned on his behalf. As the New York Times reports, state officials are gearing up to take on organized labor: State officials from both parties are wrestling with ways to […]

  • Refuting the Union Spin on Public Employee Pensions

    Posted on Dec 22, 2010 by Center for Union Facts

    It’s being called a “one-sided report” by the AFSCME. The AFL-CIO says it “could have been written by anti-worker, anti-union New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.” As far as we’re concerned, those are fantastic reviews. The report in question is a 60 Minutes piece from Sunday that broke through the union spin and told the truth […]

  • The Raiding Party: SEIU attacks another union for deal with city of LA

    Posted on Jul 28, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    As cities across California and moreover, the entire state face financial obligations they can’t meet, the city of LA was on the cusp of reducing costs when the SEIU stepped in to bully another union. Heaven forbid that the city of LA should be able to reign in employment costs and that another union be […]

  • SEIU and AFSCME:”Free Choice” for unions only, not taxpayers

    Posted on Jun 23, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    While unions will not let their hopes and dreams for the Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA, go, arguing for the “freest and fairest elections,” they seem quite content to deny taxpayers (the ones footing the bill) the ability to vote on pension reforms. I guess fairness isn’t what EFCA was about after all. From […]

  • SEIU to children: No books for you

    Posted on Jun 16, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    It’s summer time, and that means it’s time for America’s children to get to their summer reading! That is, unless you live in Santa Cruz, California, where the SEIU’s negotiations with the city may shut down local libraries for three months: “All but one county library could close for three months, smaller branches could be […]