Oregon’s Public Employee Unions and Pay-to-Play

Sunday’s Oregonian carried an article on political contributions by corporations authored by David Sirota, a writer for web-based PandoDaily. Mr. Sirota is not a journalist or editorialist for the Oregonian nor for any of the wire services or major news … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, First Amendment, Free Speech, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Government, Unions, Voting | 12 Comments

Banning Smoking on Oregon’s Beaches

The do-gooders of Oregon’s Nanny State are at it again. Recent news articles detail a proposal by the Oregon Parks Department to ban smoking on Oregon’s beaches. The alleged purpose is to reduce the amount of litter and debris on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Liberalism, Marijuana, Public Employee Unions, Smoking Bans | 9 Comments

Obama’s attack on franchises affects challenge to Seattle’s $15 min wage fairness

by NW Spotlight The decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel to classify McDonald’s as a “joint employer” of its franchisees’ employees has connections to the lawsuit filed in June by the International Franchise Association (IFA) against the franchisee … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Government Overreach, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 5 Comments

Oregon’s Dismal Employment Picture Isn’t Gov. Kitzhaber Fault – Just Ask Him

  Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to be re-elected again – for the fourth time. At the end of his second term he deemed Oregon “ungovernable” which is liberal newspeak for “it’s not my fault that I failed.” After eight years … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Cover Oregon, Economy, Employment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Jobs, Leadership, Obamacare, PERS, Public Employee Unions | 5 Comments

Stockton bankruptcy: Calif PERS may be on chopping block

by NW Spotlight The Fresno Bee is reporting that the judge in the Stockton, California bankruptcy case is leaning towards making the city’s California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) “pension obligations debts that could be trimmed along with those of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 16 Comments

Oregon should be 25th state to adopt Right to Work Law

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In a truly free market economy, labor relations should be decided in voluntary negotiations between business and labor interests. People should have the right to work in any labor environment that is mutually acceptable to the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | 44 Comments

Free Speech vs. Collective Bargaining (Non-legalese)

Last week’s column dealt with the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harris v. Quinn. This is the case in which the court ruled that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could not require individuals who received public funds … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Free Speech, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 14 Comments

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