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Tag Archive: California

  • California’s Worst Franchisor? The SEIU.

    Posted on Jul 14, 2015 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is currently directing its political lackeys in the California State Legislature to advance a bill that makes it harder for franchisors to change, revoke, or fail to renew contracts with their franchisees. This political fight has created a bizarre alliance between SEIU, which has spent something on the order […]

  • Did Mary Kay Henry Sacrifice Healthcare Workers to Her Political Interests?

    Posted on Jun 23, 2015 by Team

    Service Employees International Union officials are throwing accusations at each other over a major power play by national President Mary Kay Henry in California. Henry is fighting with Dave Regan—President of the United Healthcare Workers local and a Vice President on SEIU’s International Executive Board—for control of 70,000 of Regan’s members. Henry has ordered Regan’s […]

  • California Students Find New Way to Battle Teachers Unions

    Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by Team

    This week, teachers unions’ cushy status quo suffered a major setback, in California of all places. That’s odd in part because the teachers unions—specifically NEA affiliate the California Teachers Association (CTA), but also the AFT affiliate California Federation of Teachers (CFT)—have massive political power in the state. The two unions spent a combined $39 million […]

  • News Roundup: More Labor Pushback In the States

    Posted on Feb 20, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Olympian: No collective bargaining for state worker health care under Tom bill A Democrat legislator has proposed adding a special wellness program to the benefits of every state employee–but in turn, would limit health care as a collective bargaining issue. The Washington Federation of State Employees has called this “an assault on one of our bargaining rights.” […]

  • News Roundup: NBA Union Corruption Is A Slam Dunk

    Posted on Jan 22, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    NBA Players Association Releases Report On Union Director Professional sports players unions are unique, but their corrupt union leadership seems to be quite ordinary. An independent report released last week looked into the activities of the union’s executive director, Billy Hunter, following calls by player-president Derek Fisher to investigate Hunter and the executive committee. That, in turn, prompted a subpoena […]

  • First Amendment Bonuses for Labor

    Posted on Dec 31, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    “Free speech for me, but not thee” could well be organized labor’s new slogan in California. Everyone can enjoy the First Amendment for the guarantees of freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. But labor unions in California have been guaranteed even more speech rights than the rest of us. In California, the Moscone Act and […]

  • Three Signs of Hope in California

    Posted on Jan 14, 2011 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 […]

  • Why is the SEIU Anti-Worker?

    Posted on Jan 07, 2011 by Center for Union Facts

    Time for a little union mythbusting. This comes from California and the never-ending war between the SEIU and the National Union of Healthcare Workers: I am sitting at a table in the Summit Hospital cafeteria in Oakland, California. Beverly Griffith, a spirited African-American grandparent who worked for 32 years in the Summit EVS (Housekeeping) department, […]