Union Watch is a project of the California Policy Center, a c3 educational foundation established in 2010 to conduct research and provide information resources to voters, members of the press, educators and policymakers on the impact of unions on government budgets, government accountability, the economy and the democratic process. While UnionWatch endeavors to report and analyze national and international impacts of unions, the emphasis is on the impact of public sector unions, especially in California.

Frequent Contributors:

David A. Bego is the president and CEO of EMS, an industry leader in the field of environmental workplace maintenance, employing nearly 5000 workers in thirty-three states. Bego is the author of “The Devil at My Doorstep,” based on his experiences fighting back against one of the most powerful unions in existence today.

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association — California’s largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers’ rights.

Kevin Dayton is the president and CEO of Labor Issues Solutions, LLC and is the author of frequent postings about generally unreported California state and local policy issues at www.laborissuessolutions.com.

Jack Dean is editor of PensionTsunami.org, formed to monitor developments in all three pension spheres nationwide – public employees, corporations and social security. PensionTsunami, like UnionWatch, is a project of the California Public Policy Center. He is a former newspaper editor and  a past executive director of the Reason Foundation. He has been active in politics for more than three decades and currently serves as president of the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers.

Steven Greenhut is vice president of journalism for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Previously, Greenhut was the founding editor-in-chief of Cal Watchdog, an independent, Sacramento-based journalism venture providing original investigative reports and news stories covering California state government. Greenhut was deputy editor and columnist for The Orange County Register for 11 years. He is author of the book, “Plunder! How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation.”

Ed Ring  is the executive director for the California Public Policy Center where he oversees execution of the Center’s strategic plan. He is also the editor of UnionWatch.org. Previously, as a consultant and full-time employee primarily for start-up companies in the Silicon Valley, Ring has done financial accounting for over 20 years, and brings this expertise to his analysis and commentary on issues of public sector finance. From 1995 to 2009 Ring was the editor of EcoWorld, a website covering environmental issues from a free-market perspective. Ring has an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Political Science from UC Davis.

Gloria Romero is the State Director of Democrats for Education Reform and has been a forceful advocate for education reform and civil rights. She was elected to the 24th Senate District in 2001, representing East Los Angeles and the greater San Gabriel Valley. She was elected by her peers to serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chair and as Senate Majority Leader — the first woman to ever hold that leadership position in the history of the California State Senate. Romero served as Chair of both the Education Committee and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education. She believes that education is the civil rights issue of our time.

Larry Sand is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network – a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues.

Mike Shedlock is the editor of the top-rated global economics blog Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis, offering insightful commentary every day of the week. He is also a contributing “professor” on Minyanville, a community site focused on economic and financial education. Every Thursday he does a podcast on HoweStreet and on an ad hoc basis he contributes to many other websites, including UnionWatch.

 

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