Los Angeles Times swallows fast-food survey

By Erik Wemple, The Washington Post

The Los Angeles Times roared out of the gate this morning by taking on the politics of fast food. At 5 a.m., it posted a provocative headline: “Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds.”

Final arguments set in suit over CA teacher tenure

By John Rodgers, timesunion.com

After weeks of testimony from top school officials and others, attorneys were preparing to make their final arguments in the trial of a lawsuit that seeks to make it harder for teachers to obtain tenure and easier to fire those judged incompetent.

SEIU Upset: Los Angeles Wants Workers to Pay 10% for Health Care Costs—Private Industry Pays 22%

By Stephen Frank, capoliticalnews.com

Janitors that work for the city of Los Angeles get paid over $40,000 a year PLUS benefits. The SEIU is upset that the Mayor wants them to pay 10% of the cost of their health care. For the janitor in this story, that is $54 per month. In the private sector she would be paying an average of 22% of the cost per month.

Public pensions are eating taxpayers alive

By Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe

SOME OF my best friends, to coin a phrase, are lifetime government employees. When they stop working, their pensions will put them among the highest-earning retirees in the country. On a personal level, I’m glad my friends’ retirement will be so comfortable. But as a taxpayer, I know that their good fortune, multiplied by hundreds of thousands of government workers like them, will only worsen a swelling political and fiscal crisis.

LAX company wins legal case against SEIU union

By Brian Summers, Daily Breeze

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 500 baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair pushers at Los Angeles International Airport were within their rights in 2011 to dissolve their relationship with the labor union SEIU United Service Workers West.

Adjunct faculty unionization efforts halted

By Kevin O’Keffe, laloyolan.com

Adjunct faculty at LMU will not be forming a union for at least six months. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has withdrawn its petition for an election, effectively terminating the unionization process for now.