Police Union Head Not Protected by First Amendment

By Jon Steingart, Bloomberg BNA

A Washington, D.C., police officer who was also chair of the union wasn’t protected by either the First Amendment or the city’s whistle-blower law when he was suspended for three days for providing reporters with a recording of radio communications during an emergency response incident, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 4.

How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan’s Best Teachers

By Tom Gantert, Michigan Capitol Confidential

Every year the teachers union local at the Birmingham school district requests nominations for its “Teacher of the Year” award. Yet the district itself did not designate a single one of its 624 teachers as “highly effective” in its 2013-14 staff evaluations, the most recent released by the state.

AFGE Tells VA Secretary Which VA Executives Managers to Fire: Huh?

By Bob Gilson, FedSmith.com

Last week, the Washington Post reported that the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had, in essence, solicited a list of the executives and managers that the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 17, (the union) thought should be fired. According to the article, Secretary Robert McDonald met with the union and told its representatives union he needed their help in identifying problem Executives and managers.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to Forced Public Employee Unionism

By Carl Horowitz, National Legal and Policy Center

When it comes to coercion, government employee unions are masters of the game. But soon they will be contending with masters of the courtroom. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a case previously dismissed by a federal district and an appeals court.