Marty Walsh and John Connolly advance in the race to become Boston's next mayor, demonstrating the power of organization and financial support.
On the Newsstand:Unions
Reactions from the Insomnia Cookies Protest
Senate Democrats abandoned their union supporters on Tuesday by confirming Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary.
Conditions are ripe for a showdown between union and non-union factions.
Many students watched the Harvard Workers’ Labor Day Protests from afar, but the effects of the negotiations between those workers and the University hit close to home. The Perspective joins the debate, encouraging students to support the various Harvard employees. Read the full article at the Perspective.
In a recent post for the Perspective, Mark Warren writes in support of the unions in Wisconsin. The proposed budget cuts are simply “a case of states trying to balance their budgets by throwing their own employees under the bus, and not by negotiating economic concessions in good faith by collective bargaining, but by restricting unions’ rights.” Read the full ... Read More
Wisconsin Democrats are shirking their duties by refusing to attend legislative sessions.
The Crimson gets it wrong when they accuse American youth of apathy.
We have something like a bipartisan consensus that public sector unions are a major cause of states’ budget shortfalls and that public sector workers are overpaid. The first claim, at least, seems to be lacking in evidence. And the second is no better. This goes back to an exchange I had with Alex Sherbany a couple months ago. I suggested ... Read More
Even if you’re not an education policy wonk, you’ve probably heard about Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary, Waiting for “Superman.” And, like many Americans, you may be planning to watch it. After all, Guggenheim’s last film, An Inconvenient Truth, changed the way many people think about global warming. What’s not to like about the fact that he is now exerting his ... Read More
I’m sure this genre has been around as long as some public employees have made large salaries, but I’ve noticed a couple of recent such articles which I’d like to discuss. One is a Politico article about Capitol Police officers who make up to $175,000, with forty-four of them earning more than the average House chief of staff. Another is ... Read More
Sam Barr’s most recent post makes the rather shocking claim that Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky being vacated by the retiring Jim Bunning, is a racist, or at least that he is not a non-racist. Sam deduces this from the fact that Mr. Paul is not a “consistent libertarian,” that he “picks and ... Read More