CWF Applauds VA Secretary Robert Wilkie

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Permalink

On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced through a press release by the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs that it was ending official time for 430 medical professionals.

The press release was appropriately titled, “VA returns medical professionals currently serving unions to serving Veterans.”

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Labor Policy after the Midterms

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 10:52 am - Permalink

On November 6, 2018, Americans voted for a divided government. The Democrats will now control the House of Representatives, while Republicans will retain control of the Senate.

What do the election results mean for labor policy?

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CWF in The Hill

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:26 am - Permalink

On November 3, 2018, The Hill published an article by Senior Fellow Olivia Grady. The article, “David v. Goliath: Personal care attendants stand up to the unions,” is about how Minnesota home healthcare workers are trying to decertify from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the obstacles they face:

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Labor Secretary Acosta Supports Workers with Association Retirement Plans

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Permalink

On October 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor under the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Association Retirement Plans (ARPs). The proposed rule follows through on President Donald Trump’s August 31st Executive Order 13847, “Strengthening Retirement Security in America.”

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ATR Supports the MERIT Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Permalink

Today, Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, released a letter in support of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s amendment to the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation (MERIT) Act (H.R. 559).

The letter can be found here and below:

Dear Members of Congress,

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Congratulations to the Gerawan Farm Workers!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, October 8th, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Permalink

On September 18, 2018, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) finally counted the votes for an election that took place five years earlier.

The Gerawan farm workers voted to decertify the United Farm Workers (UFW) by a 5 to 1 margin. The vote count was 1,098 for “No Union” and 197 for the union.

Gerawan Farming has approximately 5,000 workers, and the UFW listed about 10,000 people as members in 2017. 

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Democrat Obstruction at the NLRB

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Permalink

On September 17, 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts released a letter to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring urging NLRB member William Emanuel to recuse himself from a case. The Senator was joined by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-D), Corey Booker (NJ-D), Mazie Hirono (HI-D) and Tammy Baldwin (WI-D).

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Labor Day 2018

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor released several videos celebrating the American worker. The videos highlighted President Trump's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, the increasing number of jobs available today, Association Health Plans, criminal justice reform, and DOL funding to solve the opioid crisis.

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Celebrating Workers

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 9:59 am - Permalink

This week is National Employee Freedom Week. Thanks to the Janus v. AFSCME decision, government workers this week have more freedom than they had last year.

The Supreme Court decided in Janus v. AFSCME that government workers were no longer forced to pay agency fees even if they chose not to join a union. Agency fees are purportedly the costs of collective bargaining according to unions that nonmembers were forced to pay.

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CWF Supports Ending Dues Skimming

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 9:47 am - Permalink

On August 8, 2018, the Center for Worker Freedom submitted comments on a new proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The rule seeks to end union dues skimming.

Please see below for CWF's comments or click here:

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2018 Labor Liberty Indicator

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Permalink

Since the release of the 2017 Labor Liberty Indicator, workers have even greater worker freedom.

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME. This case gave worker freedom to all public employees. No longer will workers be forced to support a union that they choose not to be a member of. 

In addition, there have been tremendous gains in local right to work in New Mexico. Eight New Mexico counties have passed local right to work.

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Missouri: Vote “Yes” on Prop A

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 11:27 am - Permalink

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide whether to support the right-to-work law that the Missouri legislature passed last year or not.

Before voting, Missouri voters should know how important right to work is to their freedom and economic prosperity.

Despite what unions might say, right to work merely allows workers to decide for themselves whether they want to pay union fees or not. With right to work, workers are still able to organize and join a union, but they are not forced to support that union.

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CWF Supports the Employee Rights Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Permalink

Yesterday, Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced the Employee Rights Act of 2018 (H.R. 6544). The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).

The Center for Worker Freedom supports the Employee Rights Act because it protects workers through three ways: secret ballot elections, opt-in requirements and union recertification.

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CWF Applauds DOL for its Rescission of the Persuader Rule

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Permalink

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor rescinded the 2016 persuader rule.

The persuader rule that President Obama’s Department of Labor issued greatly expanded the reporting requirements of employers. Under this 2016 rule, employers were forced to report to the government communications between their lawyers and themselves on union organizing efforts. Employers were also still required to report communications between the employers’ lawyers and employees on union organizing efforts.

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Janus v. AFSCME: A Triumph for Worker Freedom

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 9:21 am - Permalink
On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision ruled in favor of Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the State of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion.
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New Freedoms for Missouri Government Workers

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Permalink

On June 1, 2018, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Missouri House Bill 1413 into law. The Missouri Senate had passed the bill on May 16 with a vote of 21 to 11, while the Missouri House voted 101 to 42 the next day to pass the bill with Senate Amendments.

The bill first prohibits union dues and agency fees from being withheld from workers’ paychecks without an annual written or electronic authorization from each worker.

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