I grew up skeptical. I was wrong.
I used to think unions were obsolete, inefficient and (maybe) corrupt. Later I realized that our country is on the wrong track … and the way to fix it is for working people to work together. Wait a minute! I realized. That’s what unions do. So I joined the team.
During my time as an SEIU union researcher I had the privilege and opportunity to work on:
- Real Values for Texas: Changing the rules for property tax assessments so large commercial property owners pay their fair share (like homeowners do).
- Moving Oregon Forwards: Showing how to balance the state budget in tight times – with reasonable cuts, new efficiencies, and untapped revenues.
- New Solutions Michigan: Showing how to balance the state budget in tight times – with reasonable cuts, new efficiencies, and untapped revenues.
- Pitfalls and Promises: Critical report about potential prison privatization in Michigan.
- New Hampshire Prison Watch: Raising doubts about potential prison privatization in New Hampshire.
I summarized my work in Michigan and Oregon like this:
“Enough with blaming public employees for all of America’s problems. Last week public employees in Oregon marched on the state Capitol with a billion dollars worth of recommendations.”