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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County loses dispute with union

SBCO

Tuesday, June 21, 2106 – 10:30 a.m.

A long-running and costly legal battle between San Bernardino County, it’s Office of the Public Defender, and the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association just ended with the county getting slammed by a state agency.

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The Sacramento Bee: Should SEIU Local 1000 execs get extra money?

SEIU

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
June 14, 2016 – 3:44 PM

  • Union president, three vice presidents would share $143,000 under plan
  • Leading dissident says proposal ‘will destroy union democracy’
  • Previous Local 1000 stipend proposals have stalled

Prepare for another round of infighting if you’re in SEIU Local 1000.

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SEBA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/03/16 – 9:17 PM PDT |

Officials with the labor union representing San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies said Friday that prison realignment and a shortage of deputies has prompted a safety campaign that has delayed the transport of inmates to court.

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The Sentinel

Mark Gutglueck
Posted on May 28, 2016

In recent weeks SEBA, the union representing San Bernardino County’s sheriff’s deputies, has stepped up activity aimed at persuading top county officials to accede to its demands for compensation increases.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Deputies pay situation a tragedy

Sheriff

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies have fallen into the ranks of some of the lowest compensated in Southern California.

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Randon Lane

Published: May 26, 2016 – 12:09 p.m.

The Riverside Sheriffs’ Association has not endorsed anyone in the race for the Third District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. But it’s pretty clear who they don’t like.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies rally for higher pay

Lolita Harper

Lolita Harper, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, the labor union representing county sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators, speaks during a rally Tuesday outside the San Bernardino County Government Center pushing for higher pay for sheriff’s deputies. SEBA has been in labor negotiations with the county for more than a year. (Photo by Joe Nelson)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/24/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies rallied outside the County Government Center on Tuesday, pushing for higher pay after more than a year of stalled contract negotiations.

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Calpensions: Unions seek school pension ‘death benefit’ hike

Pensions

By Ed Mendel
May 23, 2016

Annual rates paid by employers to CalPERS and CalSTRS are going up, pension funding levels haven’t recovered from a big drop during the recession, and Gov. Brown’s pension reform put a lid on pension increases.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s promotional process stirs discord, again

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

I routinely get myriad emails over issues in San Bernardino County, the local government’s operations in general

The latest one, arriving Friday evening, caught my attention and is deserving of short commentary.

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taxifornia

John Myers
May 11, 2016 – 2:07 P.M.

When Gov. Jerry Brown asked California voters to raise taxes in 2012 , he made clear that it was temporary, revenues needed to balance the books for only a few years.

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Pay Raise

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
May 11, 2016 – 11:58 AM

  • Three-year deal includes salary increases
  • Employees to begin contributing to retiree medical benefit
  • Pay for medical checkups now pensionable

California’s correctional officers will see a raise on their July paychecks under terms of a new contract they overwhelmingly ratified, the union announced this week.

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Cheryl Brown

Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 11, 2016 – 6:45 a.m.

Critics of San Bernardino Democrat Cheryl Brown have a new nickname for the Inland assemblywoman – “Chevron Cheryl.”

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Scales of Justice

Luke Money
April 29, 2016

Two private investigators can be tried on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy in connection with a fake DUI report against a Costa Mesa city councilman in 2012, an Orange County judge ruled Friday.

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CCPOA

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
April 11, 2016 – 12:19 PM

  • Tentative deal makes fitness pay pensionable
  • Some leave counts toward overtime threshold
  • State’s annual payments to union’s benefits trust fund will nearly triple to $14 million

The latest tentative labor agreement with California’s correctional officers proves that there’s more than one way to boost employee compensation without calling it a “raise.”

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California State University

California State University and its faculty union jointly announced Friday a deal that will raise instructor salaries 10.5 percent over the next two years.

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
April 8, 2016 – 10:00 AM

  • Deal includes 7 percent bump this year
  • CSU chancellor says deal provides ‘breathing room’ to figure out how to pay for it
  • Strike scheduled for next week averted

Just days before California State University professors were expected to walk out on the job, Chancellor Timothy White and the California Faculty Association jointly announced Friday a tentative contract agreement far more expansive than the 5 percent raise teaching staff sought for nearly a year.

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Union Dues

Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County public school teacher, sued to challenge the mandatory fees paid to the California Teachers Assn. (Greg Schneider / Associated Press)

David G. Savage
March 29, 2016

A well-planned legal assault on public unions collapsed Tuesday when the Supreme Court deadlocked over a California woman’s lawsuit to strike down mandatory fees, the strongest evidence yet that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death has stymied the court’s conservatives.

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Minimum-Wage

John Myers and Liam Dillon
March 26, 2016

Lawmakers and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15, averting a costly political campaign this fall and possibly putting California at the forefront of a national movement.

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The Associated Press: California prison guard pact: 9 percent raise over 3 years

CCPOA

By Don Thompson
Mar. 16, 2016 4:41 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The union representing most California state prison guards says it has agreed to a new labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), right, speaks at a town hall meeting at San Bernardino Valley College flanked by members of the Assembly’s moderate Democratic caucus. (Christine Mai-Duc)

Christine Mai-Duc
March 12, 2016

What happens when a Democratic lawmaker strays from party leaders on a key piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s policy agenda? One assemblywoman who held back support for a sweeping climate-change bill last year is starting to find out.

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California State University

Members of the California Faculty Association and supporters attend a meeting of Cal State trustees in Long Beach on March 8. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Carla Rivera
March 8, 2016

California State University faculty members appealed to trustees Tuesday to do more to avert a strike at the nation’s largest university system, but the two sides remain at odds over salaries for about 26,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County public attorneys get new contract, raises

SBCPAA

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 04:00 p.m.

The union representing public attorneys employed by San Bernardino County has secured a new collective bargaining agreement through August 2019.

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Los Angeles Times: How Scalia’s death may save teachers unions — for now

Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died over the weekend, potentially affecting cases before the court, including an attempt to limit the financial reach of teachers unions. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

Howard Blume
February 14, 2016

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could deal a major blow to a California lawsuit that had been widely expected to weaken the financial muscle of teachers unions across the country.

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The Press-Enterprise: ASSEMBLY: Eloise Reyes gets AFL-CIO endorsement

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Democratic Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes.

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 Updated: 1:49 p.m.

After her rival won the Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement, state Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes is striking back with the AFL-CIO’s help.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: Prison officers’ union PAC collects $8.2 million from members

CCPOA

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 5:38 PM

At 11,459 pages, the political action committee finance statement filed by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association Monday night is a hefty tome and quite possible a record-setter for the largest disclosure ever filed by a PAC.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union resolve $40 million in claims

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/01/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides.

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Politico: SCOTUS signals support for anti-union plaintiffs

Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

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Politico

By Brian Mahoney and Josh Gerstein
Published: 01/11/16 – 11:54 AM EST
Updated: 01/11/16 – 02:26 PM EST

The Supreme Court appeared ready Monday to bar public-sector unions from collecting “fair-share” fees from non-members, a move that could deal a political blow to Democrats by reducing union membership drastically and draining union coffers.

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Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, seated next to McClatchy High School teacher Ellen Wong in 2013, appears to be the swing vote in a case involving public employee unions forcing nonmembers to pay dues. (Renée C. Byer – Sacramento Bee file)

 

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 11, 2016 3:57 PM

  • Lawsuit being argued challenges mandatory union dues
  • Justices’ comments indicate unions will lose
  • A loss could affect the clout unions have enjoyed

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The Sacramento Bee: Public service unions face big challenge at Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
January 8, 2016 – 2:40 PM

  • Some educators oppose paying fees to California Teachers Association
  • Conservatives see a chance to overturn prior Supreme Court ruling
  • Unions fear that a loss will undermine their viability

Washington, D.C. —

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear oral argument in a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. It’s one of the most hotly contested disputes of the court’s 2015-16 term, with serious stakes for law, politics and business.

It raises lots of questions; here are some of them.

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Orange County Seal

By Jessica Kwong / Staff Writer
Dec. 24, 2015 – Updated 9:25 a.m.

SANTA ANA – Employees with Orange County’s largest union are heading into the holidays assured of their biggest salary raise since the recession, under a three-year contract the Board of Supervisors approved Wednesday morning.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy appeal sides with San Bernardino over fire union

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 7:39 PM PST |

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department.

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Daily Bulletin: SEBA declares impasse in San Bernardino County labor negotiations

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15, 7:36 PM PST |

The Safety Employees Benefit Association, San Bernardino County’s labor union representing sheriff’s deputies, detectives and district attorney investigators, has declared an impasse with the county in its labor negotiations.

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
December 10, 2015

  • Proponents will poll language to gauge likelihood of success
  • Decision whether to proceed likely by mid-January
  • Unions vow to ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at either proposal

California moved one step closer to a public retirement fight after the state issued official summaries for two pension-change ballot proposals on Thursday – and for the first time neither labor unions nor the measures’ proponents griped that the language was politically slanted or inaccurate.

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CNA

The politically powerful California Nurses Association announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Gavin Newsom for governor nearly three full years before the general election contest.

Cathleen Decker
December 6, 2015

Two things were evident amid the fusillades of confetti and extended glad-handing at last week’s endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom by the politically powerful California Nurses Assn.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union missteps impact collective bargaining

Dunce

Sunday, November 29, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

With neighboring Los Angeles County handing 36-month contracts containing 10-percent across-the-board salary increases for employees, certain San Bernardino County employee unions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation to say the least.

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Pay Raise

Abby Sewell
November 20, 2015

Workers represented by Los Angeles County’s largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union gets contract, but not much else

SBCO

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The largest union representing San Bernardino County workers, Teamsters Local 1932, has set a contract ratification vote in motion.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund records quarterly loss

SBCO

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

If San Bernardino County leaders want a reason to push back at union demands for salary and benefit increases they now have it.

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California State University

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
November 4, 2015

  • More than 94 percent of voting members give union permission to call strike in salary dispute with university

Amid a contract dispute, the California State University faculty union announced Wednesday that it has overwhelmingly authorized a strike for the fourth time in eight years.

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The Sacramento Bee: Another Prop. 30 income tax increase now aiming for 2016

taxifornia

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
September 21, 2015

  • Measure expands, makes permanent income tax increases
  • Coalition includes Hospital Association, health workers’ union

A group of health and youth advocates on Monday introduced a ballot initiative to expand and make permanent the Proposition 30 income tax increases on the state’s highest earners.

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The Sun: Judge: San Bernardino outsourcing done without required negotiating

San Bernardino Seal

Judge Meredith Jury ruled Thursday the city hadn’t met its legal obligation to bargain with the fire union before outsourcing the Fire Department. FILE PHOTO

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/17/15 – 11:00 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> In a decision she acknowledged “puts a bunch of marbles on the road to reorganization” for San Bernardino, Judge Meredith Jury ruled Thursday the city hadn’t met its legal obligation to bargain with the fire union before outsourcing the Fire Department.

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Taxes

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
September 14, 2015

  • Measure would generate $7 billion to $9 billion

With California’s Proposition 30 income tax hikes expiring in 2018, a coalition of education and other groups on Monday filed an initiative for next year’s ballot to temporarily extend those taxes on some of the wealthiest residents.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 13, 2015

  • Unions want to change Proposition 13
  • Despite rhetoric, no proposal offered
  • Proposition 30 extension complicates picture

What’s in a word? How about billions of dollars?

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/08/15 – 4:08 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has a tentative contract agreement with its largest employee group, the so-called general unit, the city’s bankruptcy attorney announced in court Tuesday.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Unions are strong in California now, but face peril

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 6, 2015

  • A sixth of state’s workers are union members
  • Labor wields a big stick in the Capitol
  • Union political power faces two big threats

Only a sixth of California’s 15 million wage and salary workers belong to labor unions, most of them government workers.

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Riverside-County-Seal

What happens could be an indicator for negotiations with other labor units whose deals expire next year.

Published: Aug. 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Members of a union representing Riverside County prosecutors and other county lawyers have been working since the end of June without a new contract and the county is taking a firm line on pay raises, according to the union’s president.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Union rips into sheriff

Stan Sniff

Riverside Sheriffs’ Association says it no longer backs Stan Sniff, citing his “autocratic” leadership.

Published: Aug. 14, 2015 – Updated: 8:52 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has pulled its support from Sheriff Stan Sniff and accused him of a dictatorial approach that shunned union input on the deployment of body-mounted cameras and other matters.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Kamala Harris’ summary miscasts measure

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 13, 2015

  • Proposal would let voters decide on new pension benefits
  • But summary says it would affect current pensions
  • Harris’ action sets stage for political battle next year

Kamala Harris is not only California’s attorney general, but a very ambitious politician who hopes to become a U.S. senator.

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Ballot Measures

Judy Lin, Associated Press
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – Updated 11:14 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Proponents of a California pension initiative said Tuesday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris is once again favoring labor unions by using the same words she used to describe their previous failed bid to limit taxpayer spending on public pensions.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 2, 2015

  • David Crane critical of pension funding
  • It’s cost him two high state appointments
  • But investor/teacher still firing bullets

There may not be a bounty on his head, but David Crane sits atop the enemies list for California’s public employee unions.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police negotiators agree on contract

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis called the contract agreement between the city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association “very favorable” to the city.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/15 – 5:42 PM PDT |

After more than two years of police leaving San Bernardino, saying the lack of a contract robbed them of a sense of stability in a city where many residents say crime is their top concern, the police union and city negotiators both say they’ve agreed on a new contract.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/24/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Although public employee pension plans across California are badly underfunded, union leaders have expressed little concern about the security of workers’ retirement pay.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Union bills proliferate in Capitol

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 20, 2015

  • Labor biggest donor to legislative campaigns
  • Dozens of union-backed bills await final action
  • One major measure would enhance contract secrecy

Only a sixth of California’s wage earners are members of labor unions, but they carry a very big stick in politics.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/17/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Organized labor has lined up behind legislation purporting to promote government contract transparency. It’s a sham.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
July 18, 2015

  • California Teachers Association faces a major test in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Conservatives shift their assault on CTA and other unions to the courts
  • Same-sex marriage, Democratic politics are implicated in Friedrichs v. CTA

For decades, organized labor, particularly the union that represents public school teachers, has been checking off boxes in California.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge: San Bernardino may outsource Fire Department

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/15/15 – 9:22 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Nothing in the city charter prevents San Bernardino from outsourcing its Fire Department, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday in a blow to the fire union that its attorneys immediately said they would appeal.

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The Sacramento Bee: High court case hits union dues

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 30, 2015

  • Orange County teacher challenges California Teachers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case in next term
  • Were CTA to lose, it would affect its political power

California figured prominently, albeit indirectly, in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent high-profile decisions on Obamacare, same-sex marriages and congressional redistricting.

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Daily Bulletin: Supreme Court to hear California teachers’ union dues case

Union Dues

Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County teacher, is the lead plaintiff in a case brought by group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, asking the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can’t collect fees from those who choose not to join. (Greg Schneider/Courtesy of the Center for Individual Rights via AP)

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press
Posted: 06/30/15 – 8:12 AM PDT |

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dispute over union fees could return to Supreme Court

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Politics
June 24, 2015
By Sam Hananel, Associated Press

Washington — Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive.

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Drought Watch

By Geoffrey Mohan
June 3, 2015

The drought is on track to dry up $2.7 billion in revenue and erase more than 18,600 jobs from the California economy this year, according to a preliminary report.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
June 1, 2015

  • Draft legislation lowers benefits for future hires when they retire
  • Brown bargaining medical coverage terms with unions

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown bargains changes to retiree health benefits with four state-employee unions, his administration has drawn up some unnumbered bills that reveal the governor’s thinking on how to cut those costs long-term.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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InlandPolitics: Water agencies start feeding at the trough

EVWD

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

California water agencies are at it big time

Using the drought as a driving force. Water suppliers are hammering away at rate increases in every shape or form possible.

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Teamsters

Union tosses cash at lobbying despite retirement shortfalls

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
The Washington Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members’ dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay.

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The Sun: San Bernardino could privatize fire services

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 7:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city might become the first in the state to rely on a for-profit firm for firefighting and emergency medical services, but to do so it will have to overcome opposition that’s already mounting up and down the state.

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The Sun: San Bernardino plans huge reductions in bankruptcy plan

Bankruptcy Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/15, 4:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed bankruptcy exit plan released to the public for the first time Thursday would pay 1 percent of the $50 million owed to pension obligation bondholders, slash retirees’ healthcare coverage, and contract out for services, including fire and waste disposal, among other changes.

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Lobbyist

Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Finally, war on Prop. 13 breaks out

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 7, 2015

A political war over taxes that’s been brewing for nearly four decades finally erupted Thursday – maybe.

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Taxes

May 7, 2015
Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

A coalition of public employee unions and other liberal groups, including many churches, launched a campaign Thursday to alter Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and raise billions of dollars by hiking taxes on commercial property.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 4, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

The Capitol’s big guns came out last week – and they were aimed at a 66-year-old grandmother who dared to buck two of California’s most powerful political interests – teacher and cop unions.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Nurses contract ratified

CNA

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 10:00 p.m.

All sides of a contract dispute affecting San Bernardino County Nurses and Per Diem Nurses have given their blessing to a new contract that will run through July 2017.

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The Sun: Big San Bernardino County union now Teamsters Local 1932

Teamsters

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/15/15, 7:07 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino Public Employees Association, which for more than 75 years has independently represented county, city and state employees across the Inland Empire, is now a chapter affiliate of Teamsters Local 1932.

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The Sun: San Bernardino firefighters union sues city

San Bernardino Seal

The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of suits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/15, 6:55 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

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SEIU

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/15, 7:38 PM PDT

Service Employees International Union Local 721 dealt another blow to San Bernardino County’s largest labor union when it announced Wednesday that 671 Superior Court employees would be leaving the San Bernardino Public Employees Association and joining the SEIU.

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National Journal: What Californians Could Spend $100 Million Fighting Over in 2016

Money

California is set to host a big-money contest over union pensions.(KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

National Journal

State labor unions say they’ll spend whatever it takes to defeat a ballot measure on government pensions.

By Jack Fitzpatrick
March 19, 2015

Last week, pension-reform advocates in California announced plans to again push a 2016 ballot measure that would pave the way for cuts to public employees’ pension plans. The move sets the stage for a clash between organized labor and fiscal conservatives whose price tag could rival even the most expensive of Senate races.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Hicks
March 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

A correction to the House Republican budget released this week could mean far deeper cuts for federal employees than the original document suggested, further alarming government workers and their unions already upset about hits they have taken in recent years.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union dying a death by a thousand cuts

Death by 1,000 Cuts

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The union representing the largest block of San Bernardino County employees is dying a death by a thousand cuts.

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gavel

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15, 2:59 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
03/18/2015 – 4:27 PM

Unions lined up Wednesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to offer high-deductible medical coverage to state employees, suggesting it could hurt workers’ health instead of improving it.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 03/15/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Public employee unions repeatedly insist that workers’ pension funds need not be fully funded, that a target of 80 percent is fine.

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Los Angeles Times: End of refinery strike in sight; gas prices may fall

Refinery Strike

Picketers outside the Tesoro refinery in Carson. The USW union said Thursday it reached a tentative contract with Shell. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

By Tiffany Hsu
March 12, 2015

The United Steelworkers reached a tentative contract with Shell Oil Co. on Thursday after more than a month of contentious talks and strikes, union officials said.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County union to vote on Teamsters affiliation

SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/11/15, 8:08 PM PDT

The San Bernardino Public Employees Association will mail out ballots today so members can vote on whether the county’s largest labor union should affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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Washington Post: Obama blasts Walker over Wisconsin’s right-to-work law

Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a right-to-work bill into law Monday in Brown Deer, Wis. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

By Philip Rucker
March 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

President Obama, in a rare move that inserted himself directly into Republican presidential politics, issued a statement Monday night sharply criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing a right-to-work bill into law that marks a major blow to organized labor.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: SEIU backed Washington’s bid for supervisor

SEIU

Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: 4:12 p.m.

The pick of Chuck Washington to be Riverside County supervisor comes with the support of a major public employee union.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Live from Jon’s Flags and Poles

Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight The Lou Desmond & Company Show comes to you live from Jon’s Flags and Poles in Riverside. Jerra, the owner of Jon’s Flags and Poles, joins Lou to discuss her business and service to members of the Military by providing patriotic accessories and flags.

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Port of Los Angeles

The continued strength of the longshoremen’s union was made evident in the recent labor dispute at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

How longshoremen command $100K salaries in era of globalization and automation
By Chris Kirkham and Andrew Khouri
March 1, 2015

More than 4,400 ships bring nearly $400 billion worth of goods through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach every year, a crucial link in the global supply chain of factories, warehouses, docks, highways and rail lines.

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