Unions

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.

CAP union decline chart

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:

  • Public Employees Offer Solutions. Examples.
  • “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.” 

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