SOME DEMOCRATS WILLING TO FIGHT PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS

By William Bibelow, breitbart.com

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.

Will the teachers unions ever learn?

By Armstrong Williams, The Washington Times

In November the frustrations of Maryland’s voters with their state’s failed Democrat leadership finally boiled over and provided Larry Hogan an upset victory over the Democrats’ chosen candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Make right to work part of the ’15 legislative agenda

Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

The issue of finally converting New Mexico to a “right-to-work” state should not be posed as a Republican vs. Democrat, employer vs. union measure when the Legislature convenes in January. Because at its core it is much more important than the rhetoric in a political echo chamber.