Another Side of Puzder

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On December 8, 2016, President Donald Trump nominated Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor. Since then, there has been a backlash, most particularly by unions, over his nomination.

For example, the president of the Service Employees International Union Mary Kay Henry criticized him in a statement on December 8th about the nomination:

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Michigan Students Fly High With Betsy DeVos Charity

Posted by Emily Leayman on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Permalink

By Emily Leayman

Teachers unions have painted newly-confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as an enemy of public education during her confirmation process, but one of her key beneficiaries is a growing public charter high school.

DeVos’s husband Dick founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010 for high school students passionate about flying. The couple supports it annually through philanthropy.

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Worker Freedom in the Hawkeye State

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On February 7, 2017, Iowa Republican legislators revealed that they want to reform Iowa’s collective bargaining law for public employees: Republican Representative Dave Deyoe, Chair of the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced HSB 84. A similar bill was filed in the Senate.

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Labor Divided on Trump

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 11:04 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Union leaders are not sure what to make of President Donald Trump.

President Trump campaigned on issues that they approve of, like re-negotiating trade deals and bringing back American jobs. And he managed to win 37 percent of the votes of union members, despite unions spending over $100 million in the last election supporting Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.

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Missouri: Lucky Number 28

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 11:16 am - Permalink

The Show-Me State goes Right-to-Work

By Olivia Grady

Missouri is the latest state to become Right-to-Work after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R), who was elected in 2016, and the state legislature passed Right-to-Work. It was the last state of its neighbors to become Right-to-Work (Illinois is partially Right-to-Work).

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Center for Worker Freedom Supports the MERIT Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On January 13, 2017, Republican U.S. House Representative Barry Loudermilk (Georgia) introduced the Model Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation (MERIT) Act of 2017.

The purpose of the bill is to establish an alternative dismissal protocol so that the government can have its choice of which dismissal procedure to use. The Department of Veterans Affairs already has this procedure for senior executives.

Why does the federal government need this?

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Unions over Children: Republican Senators Bail on DeVos

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 9:44 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On February 1, 2017, Republican Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) gave speeches on the Senate floor, saying that they would oppose Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education.

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Judge Gorsuch for the Win!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 11:41 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s associate justice position.

Judge Gorsuch is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Colorado. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 10, 2006 and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 20, 2006.

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Playing with a Full Board: Trump Administration Should Fill Out the NLRB

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency of the U.S. government that protects employees’ rights to organize and to decide whether to be represented by a union. The Board also adjudicates labor disputes. The Board therefore conducts elections, investigates charges of unfair labor practices, tries to settle unfair labor practice cases, decides these cases if no settlement can be reached, and enforces orders.

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CWF in Inside Sources

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in Inside Sources on January 30, 2017, about possible fraud in the Minnesota PCA union election:

“One Woman believes very strongly and provided evidence that the union forged her signature on an authorization card,” CWF Executive Director Matt Patterson told InsideSources. “The basic picture this paints, in my view, is that the election was highly suspect, and there was possibly identify theft.”

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CWF in The Washington Examiner

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 11:56 am - Permalink

Olivia Grady, Research Fellow at the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in The Washington Examiner on January 29, 2017, about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee:

Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee to lead the Education Department, firmly believes in all types of school choice. She started a successful charter school in Grand Rapids and founded the American Federation for Children, a pro-school choice policy non-profit.

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 9:28 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in The Washington Examiner on January 29, 2017, about President Trump changing how the unemployment rate is calculated:

"Great idea. About time they dispensed with the accounting trick designed to make things look better for the people in power than they really are," said Matt Patterson, executive director of Americans for Tax Reform's Center for Worker Freedom.

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Women Used as Pawns by Unions

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Four women, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland, social rights advocates, were devastated when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, for the U.S. Presidency. They decided to organize a march in response to Trump’s election after Teresa Shook, a retired attorney from Hawaii, began successfully organizing her friends.

The women started a website, which lists their mission as: 

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in Forbes on January 24, 2017, about Andrew Puzder, Trump’s Secretary of Labor nominee:

Andrew Puzder was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of Labor on December 8, 2016. 

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Evidence of Fraud in SEIU Minnesota Homecare Part 1

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Permalink

Patricia Johansen, a home healthcare worker in Minnesota, claims that the SEIU forged her signature on a dues-authorization card in order to take a portion of her Medicaid money in dues.

On December 9, 2016, CWF Executive Director Matt Patterson traveled to her home in northern Minnesota to hear her story and review her documentation. Here is video of Ms. Johansen signing her signature next to what the union had on file for her as well as her sworn affidavit detailing her story.

Judge for yourself. 

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Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Worker Freedom Urge New Hampshire Lawmakers to Pass Right-to-Work

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Permalink

In a letter to New Hampshire Senators dated January 19, 2017, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and Center for Worker Freedom Executive Director Matt Patterson urge the lawmakers to vote for Right-to-Work legislation currently before the Senate.

Newly elected Republican Governor Chris Sununu is expected to sign Right-to-Work into law if the legislature sends a bill to his desk. If the bill passes, New Hampshire would be the first state in the northeast to pass Right-to-Work.

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