Posts Tagged ‘government employee unions’


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Will Supreme Court End Confiscation Con?


Friday October 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

While Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, developments in California may clarify the issues involved. The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, a government employee union with more than 6,000 members, will levy a monthly charge of $6.50 to fund political activities. Union…
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GovSinglePayer.Con


Wednesday May 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:36am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been pushing California to establish what he calls “single payer” health care. This is a misnomer for several reasons, particularly on the issue of cost. As legislators recently learned, the price tag is $400 billion a year to cover all health and administrative costs, twice…
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Government Postal Union Cuts Convenience for Consumers


Friday January 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:19pm PST   •   1 Comment

Customers of Staples Inc. have been enjoying the conveniences of in-store postal services but as Bloomberg reports, that will soon come to an end. The cancellation is a “coup for the Postal Service’s largest union,” the American Postal Workers Union, which fought Staples’ merger with Office Depot and urged customers to boycott the company….
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The Truth on Unfunded Pension Liability


Wednesday October 21st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 1999, Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee notes in a recent column, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, “abetted one of the most irresponsible political acts in state history – a massive increase in public pension benefits.” CalPERS did this by telling legislators, “the benefit increase state worker unions were seeking could be…
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More Taxpayer Money for Nothing


Friday October 16th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:01am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, the California Department of Transportation employs 3,500 full-time engineers who do little more than sit at their desks. The state’s Legislative Analyst wants to cut these positions, but Caltrans executives cried foul. So did union boss Bruce Blanning, executive director of Professional Engineers in California Government. Blanning told reporters the…
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Government Waste and Government Unions


Wednesday November 28th, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:40am PST   •   1 Comment

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is a massive bureaucracy whose legendary inefficiency is on the increase but which some pundits see as a model for government monopoly health care. Mariam Noujaim works for the DMV and is a member of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the more…
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The Postman Always Defaults Twice


Monday October 1st, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:30pm PDT   •   7 Comments

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently defaulted on a $5.6 billion mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits, the second time in two months the federal government postal “service,” has failed to deliver. In August it failed to make a $5.5 billion retirement prepayment slated for last September, which Congress conveniently deferred. So the USPS…
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New York City Government Employee Unions Snarl Blizzard Cleanup to Protest Budget Cuts?


Thursday December 30th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 11:41pm PST   •   0 Comments

In a stunning article in the New York Post, “Sanitation Department’s slow snow cleanup was a budget protest,” Sally Goldenberg, Larry Celona and Josh Margolin report that “a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers” have now confessed that government union leaders in New York City “ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest…
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