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

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Permalink

In a letter to Missouri legislators dated January 6, 2017 (updated on January 9th), 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 in Committee in both chambers.

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 9:01 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in The Washington Examiner on December 8, 2016, about the new labor secretary, Andrew Puzder:

In Puzder, Trump has picked a person who matches President Obama's current labor secretary, Tom Perez, in ideological zeal, just in the other direction. Matthew Patterson, executive director of conservative Center for Worker Freedom, an arm of Americans for Tax Reform, praised the pick.

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No Ticket to Ride: City Government vs Rideshare

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 9:10 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On December 23, 2015, the Seattle City Council passed Ordinance 124968, allowing the unionization of self-employed rideshare drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft. 

The ordinance amended Section 6.310.110 of the Seattle Municipal Code and added Section 6.310.735 to regulate transportation network companies and for-hire vehicle drivers.

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Missouri Union Boss to Voters: I Know Better

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Missouri is finally likely to become a right-to-work state in 2017, thanks to the election of Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens.

Missouri Republicans have worked hard over the years on right-to-work and have come close. For example, on June 4, 2015 current Democrat Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 116, the bill that would have made Missouri right-to-work. The Republican Legislature was unable to override the veto. 

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Backseat Drivers: Unions Hijack Rideshare

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

James Sherk, Labor Economics Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, authored an issue brief released on December 12, 2016 entitled “Compulsory Union Representation Would Make Gig-Economy Jobs Less Flexible.”

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Columbia Lions Fall Prey to Union Hyenas

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Columbia University in New York City is now the first Ivy League school with unionized graduate students. This comes after a long public argument between university administrators and union leaders over whether graduate students should be considered employees.

On August 23, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that graduate students who are teaching and research assistants are school employees at private universities. This ruling allowed these students to join or form a union.

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Meet the New (Labor) Boss

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 10:02 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Andrew Puzder has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to run the Department of Labor.  So who is this man who will wield so much authority over the nation's labor market?

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Saving Jobs: Trump Succeeds Where Unions Fail

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On February 10, 2016, Carrier Corporation, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, announced that it was moving production of an Indianapolis, Indiana factory to Monterrey, Mexico. The result would have been a loss of 1,400 American jobs.

Leaders from the United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the Carrier employees, attempted to persuade the company not to move, but was unsuccessful.

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SEIU Texas: Out of Service

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Texas or SEIU Local 5 began organizing janitors in Houston about 10 years ago in order to expand its membership and was successful with five businesses. Professional Janitorial Service of Houston, Inc. (PJS) however refused in 2006 to recognize the union unless more than half of its employees voted for the union in a secret-ballot election.

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A Secretary of Laborers, Not Unions

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

President-elect Donald Trump has made sixteen Cabinet and Senior White House Official choices so far, including Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, who teachers’ unions have strongly criticized for her support of School Choice.

One Cabinet post for whom the President-elect has not settled on a nominee is Secretary of Labor.

Given his excellent choice for Secretary of Education, the next Secretary of Labor will likely similarly promote policies that help workers, not labor bosses.

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Double Jeopardy for Joint Employer

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Browning-Ferris is a waste recycling facility in a small city in California that contracted with job placement agency Leadpoint to staff part of its facility and provide human resources. Browning-Ferris however had the ultimate authority to fire an employee, and Leadpoint was required to follow Browning-Ferris guidelines on who to hire, working hours, wages, etc.

This arrangement of a couple of hundred employees surprisingly led to one of the worst decisions by the politically appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Union Bosses Chastise Members for Voting Trump

Posted by Matthew Benzmiller on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Permalink

By Matthew Benzmiller

Union leaders were upset at the revelation that many union members voted for Donald Trump and not their favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.

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Black Friday Protests Turn Turkey

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Black Friday protests in past years have been held at hundreds of Walmarts across the United States, and unions even claimed in 2014 to host protests at 1,600 places.

The protests on Black Friday, November 25, 2016, however were much smaller this year. There were smaller protests in New York, Seattle and Chicago, but the Walmart protests were gone.

Why?

The unions were just not as involved.

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Ding-Dong! The Overtime Rule is (likely) Dead

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily stopping the Obama administration overtime rule from going into effect.

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UPDATE: O'Hare Workers Delay Strike Until After Thanksgiving

Posted by Matthew Benzmiller on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 11:49 am - Permalink

By Matthew Benzmiller

Workers at the O'Hare International Airport have decided to delay their strike that was originally going to be before and during Thanksgiving

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You’re Fired: Trump Plans Changes to Federal Workforce

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 11:20 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

President-elect Donald Trump won the presidential election in large part because he offered change. Americans were tired of the crony capitalism, corruption, do-nothing government bureaucrats and the DC arrogance.

Trump has a plan for all these problems, most particularly for government bureaucrats.

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