AFT GOES ALL IN ON CALIFORNIA

By RiShawn Biddle, dropoutnation.net

This morning’s move by the American Federation of Teachers (with help from the National Education Association’s Golden State affiliate) to launch a digital ad campaign aimed at beating back surging support for Marshall Tuck in his bid to become California Superintendent is another sign of how the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union deploys cash to oppose systemic reform.

Oakland: Unions spend freely in council races

By Matthew Artz, Contra Costa Times

Campaign finance reports filed this past week show that the Alameda County Central Labor Council and SEIU Local 1021 have teamed up to spend more than $35,000 apiece on behalf of Annie Campbell Washington in District 4 and Abel Guillen in District 2.

Free fall: Big labor bailing on Dems

By David Sherfinski, The Washington Times

Labor unions, long a rich source of ground troops for national Democrats’ Election Day victories, are less enthusiastic this year, according to some movement leaders who say they are more focused on state-level races and feel left behind by the party on key issues such as Obamacare.