Minneapolis: Trying to Outdo Seattle

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On June 30, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a $15 per hour minimum wage for the city with five to seven years for businesses to comply. The minimum wage applies to most workers, including those who earn tips.

Restaurant workers who earn tips and restaurant owners fought this rule. A restaurant industry group actually found that the average hourly pay for servers at 72 restaurants was $28.56. The association published the study to try to exempt workers who earn tips.

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Teachers’ Unions: The Barrier to Education Reform

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 9:46 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On July 20, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.

ALEC is:

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Budget Cuts Coming to Labor?

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

Funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) comes from the federal government’s budget—also known as the pockets of taxpayers and quite a few imaginary dollars (hence our ever-increasing debt).

In July 2017, the House of Representatives released the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) funding approvals from a couple of appropriation subcommittees, including the one that dictates labor funding.

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Local Right-to-Work: Clovis versus Kentucky

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

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OSC Report Exposes Illegal Use of USPS Employees

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Report titled “Report of Hatch Act Investigation: Facilitating Labor Union’s Political Activity Through Use of ‘Union Official’ Leave Without Pay.”

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When Nurses Strike, Patients Suffer

Posted by Abby Streu on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 9:36 am - Permalink

By Abby Streu

The healthcare industry is in a volatile state.

Americans are at odds over rising healthcare costs. Some say single-payer would remedy the situation; others favor the free-market solution. Regardless of one’s stance, it’s obvious the general public is concerned for the well-being of patients.

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CWF in The New Yorker

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was featured in The New Yorker in its July 24, 2017 issue.  The article discusses Patterson’s work in Colorado during the 2016 election in support of President Trump and his work for the Center, specifically helping Volkswagen workers defeat the union:

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Union Sabotages NYC Airports

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

On August 3, 1981, 7000 domestic flights were cancelled at airports across the nation.

Multiply that number by however many people were supposed to travel in each of those airplanes, and you get a large group of unhappy consumers. Such a large number of cancelled flights has a domino effect in the universe—businessmen can’t get to cross-country meetings, expensive vacations are lost, parents aren’t able to make it home to see their children.

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UAW Calls for Election in Mississippi

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Permalink

Nissan workers will decide the fate of their jobs

By Olivia Grady

On July 10, 2017, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union filed for a representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the Canton, Mississippi Nissan plant. The workers are requesting an election on July 31st and August 1st on whether all Nissan production and maintenance workers at the Mississippi plant should be unionized, but the UAW’s current complaints about Nissan before the NLRB may postpone the election.

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Bad Seeds

Posted by Abby Streu on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:53 am - Permalink

Organized Labor was Rotten from the Beginning

By Abby Streu

Many people think the corrupt national union as we know it today did not magically appear overnight. Or did it?

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Labor Unions Fund Infanticide in Delaware

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 9:57 am - Permalink

By Abby Streu

It’s no secret that labor unions donate money to political candidates.

According to the Wall Street Journal, from January 2015 to October 2016, unions spent somewhere around $108 million on campaign activities. Approximately 85 percent of that went to Democrats.

But do people think about what that money is enabling?

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A Charity for Unions: What is the Peggy Browning Fund?

Posted by Abby Streu on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

Named after Margaret Browning, a deceased labor attorney and National Labor Relations Board member, the Peggy Browning Fund is a Philadelphia based non-profit that promotes young law students interested in labor law by providing them with fellowships in the labor field.

Most of the fellowships provided by the charity are in the legal departments of well-known unions, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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ATR and CWF Support the Employee Rights Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 10:20 am - Permalink

                

Americans for Tax Reform and The Center for Worker Freedom

Support The Employee Rights Act (ERA)

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The Other Big Hearings This Week: ATC Reform Hearings Bring Tension Before Comey Hearing

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

While the Comey hearing has gotten most of the attention this week in Washington, there were two other important hearings on air traffic control reform.

On June 7, 2017, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. The hearing was called “FAA Reauthorization: Administration Perspectives.”

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Trump Begins Infrastructure Push With Air Traffic Proposal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump gave remarks from the White House outlining his principles to Congress for “modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.”

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:19 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in Forbes on June 5, 2017, about how withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord saved union jobs:

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburg, not Paris,” President Trump intoned from the Rose Garden on June 1 as he announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. 

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