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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Strike Alert: Possible Upcoming WGA Strike

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On April 4, 2017, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), a labor union representing film, television, radio and other media writers, sent a letter by Executive Director David Young to media buyers. In the letter, it announced that writers would go on strike on May 2, 2017:

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Recently, liberal groups, despite being supportive of forced unionization, have fought efforts to unionize their own workforce.

One example is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a powerful Muslim civil rights group that was indirectly created by Hamas and is still connected to that terrorist organization, according to Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum.

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CWF Project in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom’s Minnesota decertification project was discussed in the Washington Examiner on April 10, 2017:

“The homecare providers, who are subsidized through a combination of state and federal funds, were unionized after the then-Democrat-led state legislature passed a law declaring that the providers were public employees. That was despite the fact that most providers take care of invalid family members at their homes.

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CWF Quoted in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in the Washington Examiner on April 6, 2017, on Secretary of Labor Nominee Alexander Acosta:

“The vote is expected later this month and "no trouble" is expected, according to a Republican source who requested anonymity.

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Hand in Hand: GOP Control and Right-to-Work

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Permalink

The Grand Old Party (GOP) is certainly in control on the state level these days. In 2017, Republicans control both the Executive Branch and the Legislature in 25 states, while Democrats only have the same control in 5. In 15 states, Republicans control either the Legislature or the Executive Branch as well, and in 5 states, there is split control.

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CWF Quoted in Inside Sources

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in Inside Sources on April 3, 2017, on how local Right-to-Work is spreading throughout the country:

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How to Buy a Legislature: The SEIU in Minnesota Gets Big Bang for its Bucks

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

In May 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed S.F. 778 into law, declaring personal care assistants (PCAs) government employees. The catch was that they were government employees only for collective bargaining purposes. PCAs were not entitled to the benefits of normal government workers.

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CWF in the Fresno Bee

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was published in the Fresno Bee on March 30, 2017, about corruption by the California labor board:

When you have a union and a labor board both being sued by former employees for unjust treatment, how can either be expected to deliver their promises of justice to California’s field workers?

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CWF in the Daily Signal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in the Daily Signal on March 30, 2017, about the decertification effort by Minnesota personal care assistants:

Matt Patterson, executive director of the Center for Worker Freedom, a Washington-based affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform, joined the effort.

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Olivia Grady on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in Forbes on March 26, 2017, about corruption in California’s labor board:

If one of the FBI’s priorities is still to “combat public corruption at all levels,” then it may want to look into California’s labor board.

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