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.

Car Dealer Violated NLRA by Scrapping Mechanics Union

By Kevin McGowan, Bloomberg BNA

An Illinois car dealer violated the National Labor Relations Act by failing to engage in effects bargaining and withdrawing recognition of a union representing six mechanics when it closed the dealership where the mechanics worked and moved them to a nonunion facility, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 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.

UC Berkeley researchers miss the mark on minimum wage increases

By Michael Saltsman, The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento is the latest California city to consider a higher minimum wage, and proponents have cited studies from researchers affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, suggesting a wage raise is mostly beneficial. This same team is expected to release results for Sacramento.