California’s public unions have too much clout and compensation

By Daniel DiSalvo, Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti, a pro-labor Democrat, has tried to restore ties with Los Angeles’ public employee unions after most of them backed his opponent in the 2013 mayoral race. Nevertheless, the mayor is sticking with the hard line he has taken in contract talks: asking city workers to accept a three-year wage freeze, pay 10% of their healthcare premiums (many currently pay nothing) and accept a higher retirement age.

LAUSD teachers union moves closer toward a strike

By Thomas Himes, Los Angeles Daily News

After seven months and 18 rounds of cantankerous contract talks, Los Angeles Unified administrators and leaders of the district’s 35,000-member teachers union finally found common ground Wednesday when United Teachers Los Angeles made its first legally required step toward a strike.

How San Jose Took on the Unions and Saved Millions Through Pension Reform

By Alexis Garcia, Reason

“If a government can’t provide the core basic services, it’s failed in it’s mission,” says Pete Constant, a former member of the San Jose City Council who advocated for sweeping pension reform. “Our city had been in many years of budget deficits and there were many more coming in the future. And I just thought the financial decisions had been terribly made.”