Millennials: Freedom and Entrepreneurship over Big Labor

Posted by Paige Halper on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Permalink

The Millennial generation has been taught not to expect getting a job related to their major directly after graduation.  In fact, along with mountains of debt and their diploma, students might as well receive a nametag and apron for their local coffee shop with their degree. 

As young workers enter the workforce, in either chosen or necessary occupations, they may have their first encounters with unions.  Or not. 

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Workers Choose or Forced Dues?

Posted by Paige Halper on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 9:37 am - Permalink

A State-by-State Map of Worker Freedom

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CWF Column in Forbes

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Executive Director, Matt Patterson, authored a column in Forbes on February 1, 2016.  

The column, Rahm Emanuel's Poison Pill examines Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for a government-owned casino and the political motivations behind it.  

"Well, a more powerful Unite HERE, flush with new members and their (mandatory) dues, wouldn't be good for any business in Illinois, especially restaurants.  And you know what?  

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Expanding Liberty: From Abolition to Right-to-Work

Posted by Lindsey DePasse on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Permalink

Presidential candidates on labor liberty

Republican candidates should care about right-to-work as a continuation of the Party’s founding goal of expanding liberty for all Americans.

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CWF Exclusive: Interview with Rebecca Friedrichs

Posted by Paige Halper on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Permalink

The following interview is a Center for Worker Freedom exclusive with Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers AssociationFriedrichs has gained national attention because it questions the constitutionality of mandatory “agency fees” as a condition of employment.

Ms. Friedrichs answered CWF’s questions via email and some of her remarks have been edited for clarity.

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Right-to-Work Supporter Assaulted in Missouri

Posted by Paige Halper on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Permalink

Courtney Allen Curtis is a state representative from Missouri.  He is Chairman of the Special Committee on Urban Issues and the founder of North County Forever, an organization that provides social assistance in underprivileged communities. 

In his speaker biography, Curtis says he entered politics after witnessing a surge of neighborhood violence weeks after his niece was born. 

This makes it all the more upsetting now that he is the target of a vicious attack. 

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CWF Published in Forbes

Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, the Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was published today, January 26, 2016, in Forbes.  His piece, Right-to-Work Advances In West Virginia, explains the benefits of right-to-work and questions lawmakers who oppose the helpful legislation.   

Read the whole piece for yourself here.    

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Rahm Emanuel Gambles with Taxpayer Dollars

Posted by Paige Halper on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 10:04 am - Permalink

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Worker Freedom announced the launch of its new digital ad campaign today targeting conservative activists in Illinois.

The video highlights Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to create more political corruption: building a government-owned casino in the heart of the city.  The 60-second ad portrays a taxpayer watching as her money is gambled away by an elected official and his buddy, a unionized blackjack dealer.   

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Friedrichs: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Posted by Paige Halper on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Permalink

Seated in the middle of Tuesday, January 12th’s panel at the Heritage Foundation, is a confident, well-spoken mother.  She is Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff of Friedrichs v.

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Public Unions Flunk Fairness 101

Posted by Paige Halper on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Permalink

It costs money to be in a union.  It costs even more to win an election. 

Union dues and agency fees, the mandatory fees non-members pay to the union, are spent on collective bargaining and, more importantly, partisan politics.     

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CWF Speech at the Supreme Court

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 2:55 pm - Permalink

A version of these remarks were delivered by Executive Director Matt Patterson at the steps of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2016, in support of Rebecca Friedrichs.

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Justice is Here

Posted by Paige Halper on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Permalink

Opening Arguments for Friedrichs

It was only about 30 degrees on the Supreme Court steps this morning, but the 200 Americans crowding the sidewalk were too fired up to notice the loss of feeling in their toes.  The flood of bodies, holding signs with phrases like ‘I Stand With Rebecca’ and ‘#WorkTogether’, rallied outside for the initial oral arguments of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA)

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CWF in Forbes

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 11:25 am - Permalink

On January 10, 2016, Matt Patterson, the executive director of CWF, was published in Forbes.  His article, Yes, The First Amendment Applies to Unions, dicusses Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case that had its first oral arguments today.  

Read Matt's whole post here.  

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Into the Labyrinth

Posted by Lindsey DePasse on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Permalink

California teachers in desperate struggle to keep their own money

What price, free speech?

The Supreme Court’s upcoming case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) has brought an important violation of the First Amendment to our attention.

Together, ten representative California teachers are fighting the CTA and its coercive methods which force teachers to pay dues that are spent on political efforts they don’t agree with.

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CWF Quoted in December Labor Watch

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 9:12 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, the Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in the December issue of Labor Watch.  Sarah Westwood's, "A Union Bank with a Goal: Victory for the Left" was published on December 22, 2015.  

Patterson was quoted, “Amalgamated is a perfect embodiment of the slush fund that organized labor has become… unions take dues from members (by force in non-Right To Work states) and funnel it directly to liberal groups and Democrat politicians.”

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CWF in January Labor Watch

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Executive Director, Matt Patterson, was quoted in the Captial Research Center's newsletter, Labor Watch.  Dr. Steven J. Allen’s piece, "Working Class Heroes", was published on January 5, 2016;

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