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CHICAGO STRIKE:: Emanuel Asks Court to Stop Teacher Strike as Union Balks – Businessweek

By at September 18, 2012 | 12:05 am

CHICAGO STRIKE:: Emanuel Asks Court to Stop Teacher Strike as Union Balks – Businessweek

By Tim Jones and Margaret Cronin Fisk -- The surprise rejection by Chicago teacher-union delegates of the labor contract their leaders approved sent the city’s school strike into a second week and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to state court. The mayor of the third-largest U.S. city yesterday sought a court order to force educators back into classrooms. The Sept. 16 decision ... Go To Article

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WEEKEND INTERVIEW with RAHM EMANUEL:: Rahmbo at the School Barricades – WSJ

By at September 15, 2012 | 12:45 am

WEEKEND INTERVIEW with RAHM EMANUEL:: Rahmbo at the School Barricades – WSJ

By DAVID FEITH -- Chicago Rahm Emanuel is his generation's most noted political pugilist, the guy who once mailed a dead fish to a fellow Democratic operative whose work had disappointed him. In 1992 he celebrated Bill Clinton's presidential victory with a steak knife and an enemies list, stabbing a table and screaming "dead" as he recited each name. Over time Mr. ... Go To Article

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CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE:: Beware of Backfire – City Journal

By at September 12, 2012 | 1:13 pm

CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE:: Beware of Backfire – City Journal

If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has spent the last 18 months painting a portrait of public-employee unions as intransigent and selfish, the Chicago Teachers Union this week provided him with confirmation. On Monday, 25,000 Chicago teachers (average salary: $76,000 before benefits) walked out of their classrooms, leaving nearly 350,000 schoolchildren and their parents ... Go To Article

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UNIONS: How Public Unions Became So Powerful – WSJ

By at September 12, 2012 | 12:05 am

UNIONS: How Public Unions Became So Powerful – WSJ

By PAUL MORENO, OPINION Updated September 11, 2012 -- The Chicago teachers strike has put Democrats in a difficult position. Teacher unions are the most powerful constituency in the Democratic Party, but their interests are ever more clearly at odds with taxpayers and inner-city families. Chicago is reviving scenes from the last crisis of liberalism in the 1970s, when ... Go To Article

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UNIONS:: Chicago teachers to go on strike – CBS News

By at September 10, 2012 | 12:00 am

UNIONS:: Chicago teachers to go on strike – CBS News

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union announced Sunday night that it will go on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years after contract talks with the school district failed over issues including pay, benefits and job security. "We will be on the (picket) line," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said after emerging from all-day talks ... Go To Article

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CA PENSIONS:: Santa Barbara County Firefighters Agree to Wage, Pension Concessions

By at September 4, 2012 | 12:00 am

CA PENSIONS:: Santa Barbara County Firefighters Agree to Wage, Pension Concessions

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on wage and pension concessions from a union representing more than 180 employees with the county Fire Department. Firefighters Local 2046 has reached a tentative agreement, which includes giving up a portion of previously negotiated wage increases and asking new hires to pay part of ... Go To Article

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UNIONS:: forgo Dem convention for get-out-the-vote efforts – USATODAY

By at September 3, 2012 | 10:53 am

UNIONS:: forgo Dem convention for get-out-the-vote efforts – USATODAY

President Obama moves toward a Democratic National Convention here this week with many unions, such as the AFL-CIO, refusing to financially support the three-day political extravaganza - in sharp contrast to the $8.3 million they contributed toward the Denver convention where he was nominated in 2008. Unions leaders opposed the selection of a convention city in a state ... Go To Article

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WEEKEND INTERVIEW w/GLORIA ROMERO:: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer – WSJ

By at September 3, 2012 | 12:52 am

WEEKEND INTERVIEW w/GLORIA ROMERO:: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer – WSJ

Los Angeles Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," ... Go To Article

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PENSIONS:: Retired schools chiefs earn big pensions – SFGate

By at September 3, 2012 | 12:19 am

PENSIONS:: Retired schools chiefs earn big pensions – SFGate

Here's some news to ponder on your Labor Day holiday - when it comes to big-bucks payouts, some of the biggest winners in the state retirement system are local school and community college chiefs. A check of the California State Teachers' Retirement System shows that 77 retired superintendents - some from very small districts - are spending their golden years earning ... Go To Article

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MARK HEMINGWAY: Obama’s Labor Problem | WeeklyStandard

By at August 24, 2012 | 12:35 am

MARK HEMINGWAY: Obama’s Labor Problem | WeeklyStandard

AUG 27, 2012, VOL. 17, NO. 46 • BY MARK HEMINGWAY On Saturday, August 11, some 40,000 union members descended on the City of Brotherly Love for what was billed as the first-ever “Workers Stand for America” rally. The ostensible purpose of the rally—organized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and AFL-CIO—was to gather support for a ... Go To Article

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