ATR, CWF Applaud New CMS Rule Ending Dues Skimming

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 4:10 pm - Permalink

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a final rule forbidding states from diverting Medicaid funds from caregivers to third parties.

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Governor Ducey and Arizona Republicans Lead the Way on Occupational Licensing

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 10:02 am - Permalink

On April 10, 2019, Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed HB 2569 into law, allowing universal recognition of occupational licenses in Arizona. Arizona is the first state to recognize out-of-state licenses. 

Representative Warren Petersen (R) introduced the legislation in the House on February 4, 2019. The bill passed the House by a 36 to 24 vote on February 25th, and it passed the Senate on April 4th by 18 to 11 with one Senator not voting.

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 9:47 am - Permalink

The Washington Examiner published an article on April 6, 2019, by Senior Fellow Olivia Grady. The article is titled "Beautiful trifecta: New Labor Department rule great for workers, great for employers, bad for Obama." The article explains the new joint employer rule that the Labor Department just proposed and how beneficial it would be for American workers:

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Jobs Report Beats Expectations

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 5:16 pm - Permalink

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly Employment Situation report for March 2019.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 196,000, beating expectations of 175,000 new jobs. Job gains occurred mostly in health care and in professional and technical services.

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The Fair and Open Competition Act Supports Workers and Taxpayers

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 2:37 pm - Permalink

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) strongly support the Fair and Open Competition Act.

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Economic Report: The American People Win Again!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 2:31 pm - Permalink

The Economic Report of the President was released on March 19th, 2019. The report shows a strong economy that is helping all Americans, particularly low-income Americans, secure jobs and higher salaries.

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ATR, CWF Support DOL’s Proposed Joint Employer Rule

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Permalink

On April 1, 2019, the Department of Labor issued a new proposed rule on joint employer.

The rule introduces a four-question test to determine when employers are joint employers. A clear test is needed because joint employers can both be held liable for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The test asks:

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CWF Supports NMB's Proposed Rule

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Permalink

Today, the Center for Worker Freedom submitted comments in support of the National Mediation Board's proposed rule, which would simplify the decertification process.

Please see below for the comments or click here:

 

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ATR, CWF Support DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 4:30 pm - Permalink

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on overtime pay.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay employees time-and-a-half for the hours they work over 40 hours in a week. However, salaried employees who have a managerial role and earn a weekly salary above a salary set by the Department of Labor are exempt from this rule. The salary level currently is set at $455 per week or $23,660 annually.

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Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls Once Again

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 3:08 pm - Permalink

On March 8, 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its Employment Situation report for February 2019.

After strong numbers for the past three months, February’s numbers were lower than expected with 20,000 new jobs added.

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ATR, CWF Urge a “No” Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 9:08 am - Permalink

House Representatives will likely vote soon on the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), which was introduced by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on January 30, 2019. Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom urge Representatives to vote against the act.

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Surprise!: Labor Bosses, Not Workers, Win in Green New Deal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 1:08 pm - Permalink

On February 7, 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14) released her Green New Deal outline. In it, she describes purported “crises” that Americans are experiencing from climate change, including life expectancy declining, greater systemic racial injustices, etc.

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A Worker and Taxpayer Win: Michigan Court of Claims Upholds Prevailing Wage Repeal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Permalink

On February 25, 2019, the Michigan Court of Claims dismissed a case challenging the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law by the Michigan legislature. The court rejected the argument made by the plaintiff, Protect Michigan Jobs, that appropriations can’t be made in public acts.

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CWF and ATR Support the National Right-to-Work Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Permalink

On February 14, 2019, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the National Right-to-Work Act (S. 525).

The Act would remove language from the National Labor Relations Act, which governs private sector workers, and the Railway Labor Act, which affects airline and railroad employees.

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West Virginia Teachers’ Unions Close Schools Again

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Permalink

Union leaders of the West Virginia Education Association, American Federation of Teachers – West Virginia, and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association announced a strike on February 18, 2019.

Yesterday, schools in 54 out of 55 counties in West Virginia were closed due to the strike.

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CWF in the Daily Caller

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Permalink

The Daily Caller published an article on February 7, 2019, by Senior Fellow Olivia Grady. The article, "Opinion: Two Cases The Supreme Court Might Use To Crush Unions," is about two cases the Supreme Court might decide this summer on the constitutionality of exclusive representation:

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