The pension divestment ripoff

February 5, 2018

NY Daily News

James R. Copland

Public employee unions wield considerable power in New York politics, but “progressive” politicians continue to show their willingness to sell out government workers — and city citizens and taxpayers — to signal their fealty to the left’s litmus-test issues du jour. Such was the case last month, when Mayor de Blasio announced he would be waging “the fight against climate change” on two new fronts.

The mayor’s first silly idea is to sue big oil companies. His lawsuit is destined to fail, much like its predecessors. But it will generate lots of headlines for the ambitious politician, which is of course its object.

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Over the last decade, a number of cases attacking the rights of public-sector union members have been quietly working their way through the courts and, finally, up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The most recent of these challenges is Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear...

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