Monster on Lake Michigan: Chicago-Owned Casino Rears Its Ugly Head

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On January 11, 2017, Illinois Assistant Majority Leader Senator Terry Link introduced a bill, the Chicago Casino Development Authority Act, which creates a government authority to promote and maintain a new government-owned casino in Chicago. In addition, it establishes the Division of Internet Gaming and authorizes electronic gaming at racetracks.

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Taken Advantage: SEIU Scam Targets the Most Vulnerable

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On May 24, 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a law declaring personal care assistants (PCAs) government employees, but only for collective bargaining purposes. PCAs, usually women who take care of their disabled children in exchange for a small Medicaid payment, could now be unionized.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) wasted no time organizing an election and claimed victory in 2014 after just 3,543 PCAs (the majority who voted in the election) out of about 27,000 supported the union.

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Teamsters’ Seattle Unionizing Threatens Self-Employed Uber Drivers

Posted by Emily Leayman on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Permalink

By Emily Leayman

An effort to unionize Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers seeks to threaten the freedoms these drivers have as independent contractors.

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More Evidence of Fraud by the SEIU

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On March 14, 2017, Kevin Mooney, an investigative reporter, published an article in the Daily Signal about a Minnesota decertification project that CWF is helping with. The article title is “Home Caregivers, Alleging Fraud, Push to Decertify Union That Deducts Dues.”

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American Teachers’ Unions Even Criticize African Private Schools

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On March 9, 2017, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Eric Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. The article was titled “American Teachers Unions Oppose Innovative Schools – in Africa.”

The article was mostly about Bridge International Academies, a for-profit company that runs a group of private schools in the poor areas of Kenya and Uganda.

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ATC Reform Controlled by Unions

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On March 8, 2017, the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hosted a hearing at 10 am in the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Air Transportation in the United States in the 21st Century.” Chairman of the Subcommittee Frank Lobiondo led the meeting.

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How Free are the Workers in Your State?

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Permalink

Forced Unionization Catalogued in Updated Graphic Resource

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2017

Washington, D.C. - The Center for Worker Freedom has introduced its 2017 Labor Liberty Indicator, a map highlighting which states allow for forced unionization in both public and private sectors.

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2017 Labor Liberty Indicator

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Permalink

Great gains for Worker Freedom in the Past Year

By Olivia Grady

With the 2016 elections came a wave of new governors and legislators eager to pass Right-to-Work laws. The Center for Worker Freedom was delighted by how quickly state legislatures moved on this issue.

In just the last two months, Missouri and Kentucky became Right-to-Work states, making the total count of Right-to-Work states 28. Approximately 167 million Americans are now living in Right-to-Work states.

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CWF Helps Homecare Workers Fight Possible Fraud by SEIU

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Permalink

On March 4, 2017, MNPCA, the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) and the Center for the American Experiment hosted an event in St. Paul, Minnesota for the press on the Minnesota homecare worker decertification project.

Minnesota homecare workers are trying to get rid of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) because they don’t want the union coming between their patients and them. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) had allowed the personal care assistants (PCAs) to become unionized by declaring them government employees in 2013, but only for collective bargaining purposes.

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Downsize: Big Labor Shedding Members and Staff in Trump’s Shadow

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 11:33 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On December 14, 2016, Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), announced in an internal memo that she was going to reduce the union’s budget by 30 percent.

The reason given was that Republicans were going to control all three branches of government:

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Unions Fight for 15, Get Robots Instead

Posted by Emily Leayman on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Permalink

By Emily Leayman

In business, robot workers aren’t just the result of technological improvements. They’re a clear response when labor demands a $15 minimum wage.  

The latest example is fast food chain Wendy’s, which announced this month it would bring self-ordering kiosks to 1,000 stores by the end of the year.

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Remember, Detroit!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Permalink

Will the UAW Devour Tesla like it did GM?

By Olivia Grady

On February 9, 2017, Jose Moran, a Tesla production worker in Fremont, California, published an online article titled “Time for Tesla to Listen.” In this article, he describes alleged poor working conditions and low pay at his plant:

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Iowa vs. Wisconsin: Battle of the Collective Bargaining Reforms!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On February 17, 2017 Iowa's collective-bargaining reform bill House File 291 was signed by Governor Terry Branstad (R). The law has been compared to Wisconsin's infamous Act 10 by proponents and opponents alike.

But how similar are they really?

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CWF Quoted in The New American

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in The New American on February 21, 2017, on how Right-to-Work reduces the influence of unions:

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CWF Quoted in The Daily Signal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 10:57 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in The Daily Signal on February 19, 2017, on how labor reform helped Trump:

“Did the labor reforms enacted in Wisconsin and neighboring Michigan help Donald Trump win those states?” Matt Patterson, executive director of the Center for Worker Freedom, said in an email to The Daily Signal. “No question in my mind. Hard to fight when your bazooka’s been replaced by a squirt gun.”

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Iowa Public Workers: You are Now Free to Leave

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On February 17, 2016, Republican Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a sweeping bill that will change state labor law for government employees.

The law won’t allow collective bargaining over health insurance, extra pay and other issues. It also changes firing procedures and the rules for union certification elections. You can read more about the bill and its similarities to Wisconsin’s Act 10 in my February 7th post, “Worker Freedom in the Hawkeye State.”

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