A Democrat’s union problem in R.I.

By Noah Guiney, The Boston Globe

Allan Fung, the Republican nominee for Rhode Island governor, has made cutting the state’s workforce a central theme of his campaign. But if he wins, public sector unions might be a crucial factor in his victory. It’s not because they support Fung. It’s because they refuse to throw their weight behind his Democratic opponent, Gina Raimondo.

UAW works to get members to vote

By David Shepardson, The Detroit News

The new president of the United Auto Workers is pushing to get union members and retirees to the polls on Nov. 4, spurred by Michigan’s enactment of a right-to-work law.

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.

TEACHERS’ UNION MONEY TALKS

By Dimitri Mehlhorn, Dropout Nation

One of the most-hotly debated questions is how strong is the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers compared to the school reform movement.