Court case could challenge SEIU’s clout

by Sen. Doug Whitsett One reason Democrats continue to politically dominate Oregon is the strength of organizations such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). That public employees’ union represents local, state and federal employees throughout the country. It has … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work | 21 Comments

Put Individual Rights Above Those of Powerful Unions

By Steve Buckstein By the time the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case next June, Rebecca Friedrichs may be the most well-known public school teacher in America—and the most controversial. She is asking the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Initiative & Referendum, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Government, Uncategorized, Unions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Decline of the Port of Portland

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article about the trials and travails of small ports in an age of increasingly larger supersized cargo ships. The article highlighted Portland and the fact that it is a “river port” more than a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government Abuse, Jobs, Land Use Laws, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions | 9 Comments

Free Speech vs. Compulsory Union Dues

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, I wrote the following column. Last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. CTA which will deal precisely with the issue discussed in my column. There … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Ethics, First Amendment, Free Speech, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 19 Comments

A Generational Mistake

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon Supreme Court last week struck down key 2013 legislative reforms to the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) that would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars. The Court in effect added some $5 billion back … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Oregon Government, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 21 Comments

PERS decision will cost Oregon more than $1 billion

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Cost of Oregon Supreme Court reversal of 2013 PERS reforms will be well more than $1 billion – “Not a single one of those dollars will go towards hiring teachers, police officers, librarians, paving roads or … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:15 | Posted in Oregon Supreme Court, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 22 Comments

Progressive Policies Lead to a Lousy Economy

The state of the economy is, in a word, LOUSY. The friends of President Barack Obama – the bankers and moneychangers on Wall Street – are doing just fine. They have improved their wealth – without contributing to the expansion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Hillary Clinton, Oregon Government, PERS, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 21 Comments

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