Largest R.I. workers union OK’s pension deal

By Katherine Gregg, Rhode Island Providence Journal

After a week of voting, the status of a proposed pre-trial settlement of the legal fight over Rhode Island’s pension overhaul remains uncertain, but the largest state employees union — Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees —has approved the deal.

Union wants to bargain but has no members

By Rory Mcclannahan, abqjournal.com

When the city of Moriarty sits down to decide what it will pay its police officers, by law, a seat at the table belongs to a representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – even though no one in the small department is a union member.

LA Cannot Afford Budget Busting Labor Agreements

By Jack Humphreville, citywatchla.com

Los Angeles’ cupboard is bare as it is projecting a three year cumulative deficit of $425 million. But that is not stopping the campaign funding leadership of the Coalition of LA City Unions from using its political and financial clout to strong arm the City Council into approving a budget busting, multiyear labor agreement that will further aggravate our cash strapped City’s financial woes.

Unions give $2.3 million to campaigns since Labor Day

By Hannah Hoffman, Statesman Journal

Oregon’s three largest public sector unions have spent more than $2.3 million during the final two months of the election season, pouring money primarily into two ballot measure campaigns and several tight races for seats in the Oregon Legislature.