Rep. Mike Honda opens office inside union headquarters

By Carla Marinucci, SF Gate

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda, engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization – the Service Employees International Union Local 521.

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,

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,

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.