What I learned at PSU

When I first started writing for the Oregon Catalyst in 2011, I managed a hedge fund that had weathered the storm of 2008 well; indeed we profited from it since my fund was actually hedged. But things were not looking … Continue reading

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Two-Thirds of Oregon Union Members Want to End the Unions’ “Forced-Rider” Problem

By Kathryn Hickok and Steve Buckstein Last month, National Employee Freedom Week (August 14-20, 2016) called attention to the rights of union members to opt out of union membership if they choose and to stop paying dues and fees to unions … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Jobs, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Oregon Union Members Want the Option to Represent Themselves

By Steve Buckstein National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW, August 14-20, 2016), aims to educate union members across the country about their rights to opt out of union membership and stop paying some or all of their dues and fees to … Continue reading

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How Would You Spend $100 Million?

By Steve Buckstein How would you spend $100 million? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the most successful social network on the planet, you spend it trying to improve one of the most unsuccessful public school districts in America: the … Continue reading

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Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, TriMet, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Employee Freedom Respects Workers’ Choice

By Kathryn Hickok Why might workers like the opportunity to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their own money rather than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 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

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

“Don’t Say You Represent the Students”

By Steve Buckstein Republican politicians may no longer be the loudest critics of teachers unions. Influential Democrats are now speaking up also, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Here’s what he said in a recent interview: “If (the public) … Continue reading

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Ads exposes SEIU agenda behind Seattle $15-hr min wage

International Franchise Association WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Franchise Association, the world’s largest organization representing franchise owners, launched an ad campaign this week to inform Seattle residents about the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) well-planned, strategic attack on independently-owned, small … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:30 | Posted in Jobs, Labor, Uncategorized, Unions | 44 Comments

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 | 33 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

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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 | 577 Comments

The End of the Agency Shop for Public Employees?

  As the government of President Barack Obama steers a steady course towards government intrusion in all aspects of life, the United States Supreme Court appears to side instead with individual rights and liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 484 Comments

Obama and the General Motors Cover-up

General Motors Company (ruefully labeled Government Motors) has issued recalls for over 17 Million cars in the United States alone. Some 2.6 Million of those involved the faulty ignition switch that has been blamed for over fifty accidents and some … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Ethics, Government Spending, Leadership, President Obama, Scandals, Unions | 6 Comments

Wealth and Mobility

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Liz Hoffman about Pfizer Inc.’s pending offer to buy AstraZeneca for nearly $100 Billion dollars. The essence of the article is found in the first paragraph: “Pfizer Inc.’s nearly $100 billion offer … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:20 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Leadership, Liberalism, State Government, Unions | 291 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court Illinois SEIU case affects Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The United States Supreme Court is currently deciding an Illinois labor dispute that may have major implications in Oregon.  Illinois Governors Blagojevich and Quinn have written and issued Executive Orders establishing that health care providers, who … Continue reading

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The Public Employees Unions Are Primarily Responsible for Oregon’s Declining Schools

Last week, the Oregonian, with front-page headlines above the fold, announced “Schools doing worse on tests.”  If that was meant to be a revelation, they are about two decades late.  Oregon’s public schools have been on a long slide into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Spending, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, Unions | 2,991 Comments

Irony watch: Center advocating for higher wages sued for not paying workers

by Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org A workers’ center based in New York City that uses protests and other union-organizing tactics to push for an increase in the minimum wage was sued by some of its own employees. The reason: failing to pay … Continue reading

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New face of labor organizing, using tax dollars

by Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Labor activists using tactics adopted from the Occupy Wall Street movement are crashing restaurants across the nation in an effort to raise wages for workers – and they’re getting taxpayer money to fund the effort. Using a … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:31 | Posted in Labor, Unions | 20 Comments

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