By William Bibelow,

The latest battle in the intra-party struggle between moderate and more leftist California Democrats comes from the East Bay, where a state Senate seat pits Orinda Democrat Steve Glazer, who has championed banning transit strikes and higher standards for teacher tenure, against union-backed Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord.

Despite setback, paycheck protection still alive in state Senate

By Andrew Staub, Pennsylvania Independent

A united front of Democrats paired with a group of five Republicans more sympathetic to organized labor has left so-called paycheck protection legislation in a perilous spot, but the math still says the controversial bill limiting the collection of union dues can emerge from the state Senate.

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.