Perhaps the most important effect of a strong labor movement is the countervailing force it poses to the corporate sector in the political and public policy arenas. This effect is clearly visible in California. With the support and backing of labor, California has passed ambitious laws promoting the rights of workers—union and nonunion alike—as well… [Read More]
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has warned state lawmakers that it may need to declare bankruptcy or reorganize, depending on its liability for the wildfires that devastated parts of California in October, 2017, a Sacramento CBS affiliate reports.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s especially true in light of last year’s fire season, which underscored the need to think innovatively and proactively about fire prevention. Policymakers have a moral imperative to act — we cannot sit idly by and wait for the next disaster. That is why my… [Read More]
The stacking of the U.S. Supreme Court with anti-union justices has allowed the right-to-work movement to circumvent, and undercut, pro-union state policies.
Late Friday, California confirmed what many across the state’s devastated wine country had suspected for months: Equipment owned by utility giant PG&E Corp. ignited some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires that tore through their homes in October. The most unexpected and crucial part of the findings, though, was at the very bottom of California’s end-of-day… [Read More]
Unions have historically played a role in improving wages and benefits by enabling workers to join together to negotiate with employers. Recent research finds a persistent positive effect of unions on members’ wages and household income (Farber et al. 2018). On their own, individual workers have little bargaining power with employers. When bargaining together, workers… [Read More]
On Wednesday, the A.C. Transit Board of Directors became the first East Bay government body to approve a resolution supporting labor in advance of the high court’s ruling.
Unfortunately, 2017 will not likely hold the record of California’s worst fire season for long. In future decades, wildfires will increasingly place Californians’ homes, livelihoods, and lives at risk. Many factors contribute to wildfires, but two in particular greatly contribute to increasing risk: climate change and growing development in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
The inevitable consequences of unlimited liability for our environment, economy and communities argue most strongly for the need to reform inverse condemnation in California. Unlimited liability is simply unsustainable.
New York and New Jersey officials are pursuing an end-run around Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could give government workers across all states the option of declining to pay union fees even if they benefit from that union‘s contract negotiations.