Category Archives: Labor and Unions

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

Why Are There So Many SEPTA Unions?

I would think that having SEPTA on one side of the negotiations, and a bunch of different unions on the other would weaken labor’s negotiating power. Another question I have is whether the fragmentation in labor representation makes some types … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions, Transportation

Hey, I Wrote a Long-Form Article!

You can read it here.

Posted in Labor and Unions, Land Use, Transportation

The Booze Market We Need

This Letter to the Editor of the Tribune-Review sums it up: Here’s the deal: Anyone with a simple retail business license can buy liquor in bulk and sell it at retail for whatever price the market will bear. No special … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Health, Labor and Unions

Good Riddance to Lottery Privatization

I’m an advocate for privatization of the state liquor stores for a wide variety of reasons, most importantly because I actually take alcohol regulation seriously, and the evidence is clear that PA’s cartel system does a worse job at harm … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, Labor and Unions, Social Services

Critz picks up Johnstown Building & Construction Trades Council endorsement

Former Congressman Mark Critz, who is now running for Lieutenant Governor, today announced that he has been endorsed by the Johnstown Building and Construction Trades Council. In their endorsement, Council President Donald Arena praised Critz for his commitment to creating … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Labor and Unions Tagged

Supply-Side Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word in Liberal Politics

“Supply-side economics” has come to be identified in liberal circles with a single idea: the contention that regressive income tax cuts for rich guys will trickle down through the rest of the economy. And to be sure, that’s a bullshit … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues, Labor and Unions, Transportation

#PAGov: Schwartz Campaign Responds on Social Security Cut Vote

Mark Bergman from the Schwartz campaign emails in response to my query about her vote for the Cooper-LaTourette budget: Allyson Schwartz is running for governor delivering a tough message Harrisburg needs to hear: Pennsylvanians aren’t going to let a lack … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, US House

IBEW Local 5 backs McClelland in PA-12

In the first labor endorsement of the 2014 cycle for Pennsylvania’s 12th district, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5 has officially endorsed Democrat Erin McClelland. The seat is currently held by freshman Republican Keith Rothfus. McClelland will … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Labor and Unions, US House Tagged

Steelworkers Endorse Mark Critz for Lieutenant Governor

In every campaign that former-Congressman Mark Critz has run, he has always had organized labor by his side. Now that he’s running for Lieutenant Governor, it looks like he will be able to rely on strong union support yet again. … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Labor and Unions Tagged