With Friends Like These

By Daniel DiSalvo, City Journal

In 1958, New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner issued an executive order mandating collective bargaining for municipal employees. The “little Wagner Act”—so named because Wagner’s father, a New Deal-era senator, had authored 1935’s Wagner Act requiring collective bargaining in the private sector—helped the mayor mobilize public workers in his battle against Tammany Hall.

House passes ‘paycheck protection’ bill

By Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune

Conservatives seeking to limit the power of public employee unions won a narrow victory in the Missouri House on Thursday morning when the chamber voted 83-69 to require annual permission from workers to use their dues for political donations.