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  • This Labor Day, Let’s Celebrate Individual Worker Rights

    August 28, 2020
    Labor Day 2020 is definitely an ironic moment: The federal government is having a holiday to celebrate working Americans at a time when record numbers of people are prevented from going to their jobs by force of law. Be that as it may, those working Americans still deserve a day of praise now more than ever. They’re the ones whose contributions will put the economy back on the road to recovery.
  • Can You Have Worker Representatives without Unions? Uber Hopes So

    August 17, 2020
    Rideshare company Uber is trying to find a way to allow its drivers to collectively express any grievances or concerns they have without having those drivers form a union. The company is promising that it will meet with driver representatives to hear their concerns. That is very hard to do under U.S. law but Uber apparently thinks it can thread the needle.
  • If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them: California Political Establishment Doubles Down on AB5

    July 27, 2020
    Progressives are fond of saying that authority never gives up power easily. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is demonstrating that by rewriting the ballot language for Proposition 22, which covers rideshare drivers, in order to frame the issue in the most negative way he can.
  • Electronic Union Elections: A Permanent “Temporary” Solution?

    July 24, 2020
    Some lawmakers and their union allies want to use the COVID-19 crisis to institute a radical change to union elections allow them to be held electronically.Critics argue it would open the system to fraud and other shenanigans.
  • A Massbackwards Approach to Helping Rideshare Drivers

    July 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy on Tuesday jumped on the bandwagon that California Governor Gavin Newsom started by suing rideshare companies Uber and Lyft in her state for the crime of “misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors.” Healy is accusing them of skirting their responsibility to abide by state and federal employment regulations like minimum wage and overtime.
  • How Many Unions Are Still Charging Dues to Unemployed Workers?

    June 3, 2020
    How many unions are still charging dues to their unemployed members during the COVID-19 outbreak? While unions have been aggressively presenting themselves as the workers’ protectors during the COVID-19 crisis, it is unclear how many have been providing workers with the one form of financial relief that is directly in their power to bestow.
  • House Democrats Drop Deregulatory Push over Union Opposition

    May 28, 2020
    The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday to modestly reform $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, scrapping the much broader reform of the PPP program the Democrat-led body had proposed just a week ago. For a brief moment, the Democrats were the pro-business, deregulatory party. That ended when their union allies told them to cut that out.
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO Reacts to State Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Right to Work

    April 24, 2020
    Supporting the rights of individual workers has cost a pro-union West Virginia Supreme Court justice the backing of the state’s AFL-CIO. That’s because the judge backed one worker right that unions don’t recognize: the right of the worker to decide whether they want to be in a union.
  • West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Right to Work

    April 22, 2020
    The Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia ruled that if a worker says, “No, thank you, I’d rather not be a union member,” he is not engaging in robbery. That was essentially one of the arguments that the West Virginia branch of the AFL-CIO and its allies had employed in an attempt to knock down the state’s right to work law.
  • House to Vote on PRO Act This Week

    February 3, 2020
    The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The legislation would essentially nullifies 28 states’ right to work laws, force employers to provide unions with employees’ personal information, codify “card-check” organizing, and change the definition of “joint employer” to make it easier to unionize contract workers and franchises.


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