CEO Pay vs. Union Pay

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On May 26, 2017, Luka Ladan’s article, “No, CEOs don’t make 347 times more than American Workers,” was published in the Washington Examiner.

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CA Nurses' Union vs Reality

Posted by Abby Streu on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

On March 30, 2017, Healthy California, or SB 562, was introduced by California State Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). This proposed legislation would morph California into a single-payer healthcare state, costing its taxpayers an estimated $400 billion every year. The current total Californian budget is only around $110 billion per year. 

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Big Labor in Pop Culture Part 1: Hoffa

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 11:13 am - Permalink

Hoffa is a 1992 movie about the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ President, Jimmy Hoffa. It was directed by Danny DeVito, and Jack Nicholson played Hoffa.

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Free to Associate, Not Forced to Associate

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

The very first amendment to the United States Constitution gives Americans the right to assemble. 

There’s no appendage to this amendment declaring that that right turns into a requirement, depending on one’s field of labor or location.

But in certain regions of the United States, workers can be required to associate with a union as a condition of employment, regardless of their own desires for workplace negotiation.

And with this forced association comes forced financial obligations in the form of union dues. 

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State of the Case: Minnesota PCAs vs. the SEIU

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Permalink

Four years ago today, on May 24, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) signed S.F. 778 into law, dramatically changing the lives of home healthcare workers. The law declared that these caretakers were government employees, but only for collective bargaining purposes.

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CWF in The American Spectator

Posted by Matt Patterson on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 11:25 am - Permalink

Olivia Grady, Research Fellow at the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in The American Spectator on May 19, 2017, about the possible upcoming Supreme Court cases involving agency fees:

On May 23, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. It was a terrible decision for worker freedom, and advocates for freedom have been trying to overturn it ever since.

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Finally: Trump Could Soon Fully Staff the NLRB

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

President Donald Trump will reportedly nominate lawyers Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel as Commissioners to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by June after the FBI has conducted background checks on them. If nominated, the two lawyers may be confirmed by the Senate before the August recess.

Who are these lawyers who may be adjudicating labor disputes of national importance?

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Minnesota Homecare Workers Take their Fight to the Legislature

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On May 8, 2017, the Minnesota Legislative Coordination Commission Subcommittee on Employee Relations held a meeting at 9 am to discuss the decertification effort by health homecare workers that the Center for Worker Freedom has been involved with.

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Hunger Strikes and More Protests: Snowflakes and Unions Collide

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

It has been 11 days since Yale University graduate students who are members of UNITE HERE Local 33 decided to go on a hunger strike in front of Yale President Peter Salovey’s home. On April 25, 2017, eight members of the union went on a hunger strike to encourage Yale to negotiate with UNITE HERE. These members are: Local 33 Chair Aaron Greenberg GRD ’18, Co-chair Robin Canavan GRD ’19, Camille Cole GRD ’20, Charles Decker GRD ’18, Lukas Moe GRD ’19, Julia Powers GRD ’19, Emily Sessions GRD ’19 and Jifeng Shen GRD ’18.

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CWF Quoted in the Daily Signal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in The Daily Signal on May 2, 2017, on how voter fraud has been discovered in a Minnesota SEIU union election:

“As you can see, we scrolled through the electronic directory where the names are listed alphabetically,” canvasser Matt Patterson tells this reporter. “There is no one listed here named Edison.”

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WGA Strike Has a Happy Ending

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On April 13, 2017, I published an article on the Center for Worker Freedom’s website about a possible upcoming Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike by film, television, radio and other media writer union members. The WGA’s Executive Director, David Young, had written a letter to media buyers on April 4, 2017, announcing that writers would go on strike on May 2, 2017.

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May Day’s Communist and Socialist Roots

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On May 1, 2017, groups of people gathered on the streets to celebrate May Day.

But these weren’t people who had come to dance around a maypole with flowers or crown the Queen of May to celebrate the beginning of summer. These people were traditionally violent labor activists, celebrating a different kind of day.

This day to them was International Workers’ Day.

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Not Giving Up: UAW Still Looks to Unionize VW’s Chattanooga Plant

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On April 26, 2017, Gary Casteel, the Secretary-Treasurer for the United Auto Workers (UAW), encouraged by email UAW’s 1 million members to sign a petition. The petition urged Volkswagen (VW) AG executives to reconsider their labor relations decisions on the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Casteel’s email said:

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Secretary Acosta: Ready for Worker Freedom at the DOL

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 11:17 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s Department of Labor Secretary nominee, R. Alexander Acosta, by a 60-38 vote.

Interestingly, eight Democrat Senators voted for him: Bill Nelson (FL), Joe Manchin (WV), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Claire McCaskill (MO), Robert Menendez (NJ), Jon Tester (MT) and Mark Warner (VA). Angus King, an independent from Maine, voted for Acosta as well. Republican Senator Pat Toomey (PA) and Democrat Senator Gary Peters (MI) didn’t vote.

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Minnesota PCAs Gain Support

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 11:04 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On April 19, 2017, National Review published an article, “Health-Care Workers Aim to Decertify a Union Suspected of Fraud” by Akash Chougule, director of policy at Americans for Prosperity, and Jason Flohrs, Minnesota state director at Americans for Prosperity. The article detailed the Minnesota decertification project that the Center for Worker Freedom has been helping with.

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Daily Signal: Lawmakers are Finally Listening to PCA SEIU Concerns

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On April 17, 2017, Kevin Mooney, an investigative reporter, was published in the Daily Signal. In his article, “Election Results Gave This Union Millions. Now State Lawmakers Are Looking Into Voter Fraud,” he details the Minnesota decertification project that the Center for Worker Freedom and its coalition allies have been helping with and the response by legislators.

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