Dan Walters: Unions in California are strong now, but face peril

(September 6, 2015)  Only a sixth of California’s 15 million wage and salary workers belong to labor unions, most of them government workers. On this Labor Day, it would be fair to say that without public employees, California’s 16.3 percent unionization rate, a bit above the national average, would be more like Oklahoma’s 6 percent. While union members are a fairly small portion of the workforce, and have declined a bit in recent years, their leaders swing a big stick in the Capitol. (Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee, 09/06/2015)