Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Worker Freedom Urge Congress to Pass the Employee Rights Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Permalink

Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) released a letter to Congress supporting the Employee Rights Act.

The Employee Rights Act would guarantee a secret-ballot vote in union representation elections, require unions to regularly run for re-certification, and forbid union bosses from spending dues on politics without the consent of the workers, among other reforms.

This legislation is critical for protecting the rights of workers, and ATR and CWF urge Members of Congress to vote for the Act.

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For Jobs and Freedom

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Permalink

Delaware and New Mexico Counties Introduce RTW

On Tuesday, Councilman Rob Arlett introduced a local Right-to-Work ordinance in Sussex County, Delaware.

Local Right to Work allows counties and other local governments to pass Right-to-Work laws in their jurisdictions.

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10,000 Minnesota Homecare Workers Reject the SEIU

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Permalink

On September 28th, personal homecare workers in Minnesota held a press conference and turned more than 10,000 signatures into the office of Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) in an effort to decertify the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union that claims to represent them.

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ATR and CWF Support the Save Local Business Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Permalink

Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom on Tuesday joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and 26 other free market groups in supporting the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441).

The free market groups sent a letter to Members of Congress, urging them to pass this bill, which is sponsored by Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and co-sponsored by 95 Representatives.

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Supreme Court: Stop the First Amendment Violations!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Permalink

The Supreme Court takes up the Janus case on state employees and agency fees

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME. This case will decide whether state employees who choose not to join a union can still be forced to pay agency fees to that union. Agency fees are the purported costs that the union determines are for collective bargaining purposes and not for political uses.

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Making the NLRB Great Again

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Permalink

Republicans gain control of the NLRB with Emanuel confirmation

On September 25, 2017, the Senate voted 49 to 47 along party lines to confirm William J. Emanuel as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), making it the first time the Board has had all five seats filled since 2015.

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More than 2 Years Later: Gerawan Workers are Still Fighting

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 9:12 am - Permalink

The ALRB has refused to count their votes

By Olivia Grady

On September 5, 2017, hundreds of Gerawan farmworkers protested in front of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Pick Justice, a group of citizens concerned about the rights of workers, organized the rally for 9am.

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Home Care Workers and 40 Years of Union Meddling

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Permalink

Eleven states have already passed laws allowing unions to unionize home healthcare workers.

Why?

Home healthcare workers are individuals, usually family members, who take care of people with disabilities and other serious health problems. In some states, the workers receive a small Medicaid payment in exchange for their services so that those in need can live in their own homes, instead of in government-run facilities.

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Heritage Event: More Worker Freedom in the Future Likely

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 11:58 am - Permalink

On August 24, 2017, the Heritage Foundation hosted an event titled, “Protecting Public Employees’ First Amendment Rights: Major Cases Challenging ‘Abood’” as part of National Employee Freedom Week. Dr. David Kreutzer, Senior Research Fellow of Labor Markets and Trade at Heritage, moderated the event.

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Surprise!: Higher Minimum Wage = Fewer Jobs

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 9:05 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Many politicians and union leaders advocate for higher minimum wages, saying that this policy will help low-income workers. Unfortunately, a higher minimum wage hurts the people it is supposed to help by reducing their hours or eliminating their jobs entirely.

For example, in June 2017, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper called “Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle.”

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Jeff Sessions: Minnesota Scam Deserves Your Attention

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On July 13, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that state officials had charged more than 400 people across the country with health care fraud and opioid scams as part of a Department of Justice and state effort to crack down on this type of theft.

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The ‘Union’ and the Restless

Posted by Abby Streu on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Permalink

Gold-Digging, Union-Style

By Abby Streu

If you happened to miss the latest episode of your favorite soap opera, don’t fret. The most recent scandal involving United Autoworkers (UAW) will provide you a drama-fix.

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Unions Can’t Turn Water into Wine. Or Raises.

Posted by Abby Streu on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 9:45 am - Permalink

By Abby Streu

What happens when union negotiators demand money that isn’t there?  Take, for example, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 in Springfield, IL.

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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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