public service unions

Preaching Koch Brothers gospel on public education

September 17, 2012 - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration's school leaders have come perilously close to sounding like one of those Mississippi legislators back in 1985 who dealt with a statewide teachers' strike by giving them a pay raise -- but at the cost of a provision that prevented them from ever striking again.

Why the Houston union vote was important

December 6, 2005 - Getting ready to head to New Orleans, I'm a little behind commenting on a few big events in the Southern political landscape, including the announcement last week that nearly 5,000 janitors in Houston had voted to "go union":