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  • Federal Labor Ruling Prohibits Unions Charging Non-Members for Lobbying

    March 7, 2019
    It has long been the law of the land that labor unions may only collect agency fees, or forced union dues, from non-union members to the extent that they are necessary to cover the costs of union representation and collective bargaining. In states without right-to-work laws, which prohibit unions from charging non-members agency fees, non-members have the right to object to paying for union activities that are not germane to collective bargaining.
  • Florida Bill Shines Light on Union Subsidy

    March 6, 2019
    Taxpayer dollars should be used to benefit the general public, not special interest groups. Yet, the state of Florida doles out a massive subsidy to government unions on an annual basis. This subsidy is known as union release time and permits public employees to perform union business on the taxpayer dime.
  • Labor Officials Dragging Feet on Union Financial Transparency

    February 28, 2019
    The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), a division within the Department of Labor (DOL), has been generally inactive during the Trump administration, an unfortunate reality given the importance of the sub-agency’s mission: promote union democracy and financial integrity in labor unions.
  • Amazon under Pressure to Accept Union

    February 6, 2019
    This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Amazon employees should unionize, and that the company should welcome losing a direct line of communication to their employees. Mayor Blasio also mentioned that labor policy was not discussed when he was wooing Amazon to New York City, but he felt “strongly if they came here, the pressure to unionize deeply would win the day.”
  • New Joint Employer Rule Means More Jobs, Not Lower Wages

    December 11, 2018
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is in the process of implementing a regulation that would restore the traditional standard for when a worker is considered to be “jointly” employed by more than one entity. On September 13, the NLRB issued a proposed rule under which “an employer may be found to be a joint-employer of another employer’s employees only if it possesses and exercises substantial, direct and immediate control over the essential terms and conditions of employment and has done so in a manner that is not limited and routine.”
  • National Labor Relations Board Responds to Democrats' Invented Ethics Concerns

    September 25, 2018

    On September 17, Sen. Warren sent a letter to the NLRB warning that it must “fully comply with federal ethics regulations during reconsideration” of whether employees may use an employer’s email system for union organizing purposes. Her letter calls for the recusal of Republican Board member William Emanuel in the case Rio All-Suites Hotel. But Sen. Warren’s analysis of the ethics standard shows either a misunderstanding of the rules or is an attempt to obstruct the NLRB from taking legitimate action.

  • Setback in Missouri Won't Stop Worker Freedom Momentum

    August 9, 2018

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to beat his chest on Big Labor’s victory in striking down right-to-work legislation in Missouri. It was an overwhelming victory, certainly, with voters striking down the ballot measure by a 2-1 margin. Trumka called the win an “incredible display of the labor movement’s capacity to win change.” Going on to say that “Tuesday’s victory was a high point in a defining year for workers. With this win under our belt, we’re setting our sights on November.”

  • Right to Work Is Right for Missouri

    August 7, 2018

    Private-sector workers in states without right to work laws can still be forced to pay fees to a union they vehemently disagree with, even as their public sector counterparts were freed from paying forced union dues by the Supreme Court in June.  

  • Priorities for DOL's Office of Labor-Management Standards

    July 9, 2018

    The Trump administration recently installed Arthur Rosenfeld as the head of the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), which administers and enforces the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The LMRDA was enacted to ensure union leaders are accountable to their members. Now, with the vacancy at the OLMS filled, here is shortlist of priorities the sub-agency should seek to accomplish.

  • Last Chance for the 115th: Legislative Action on Labor and Employment

    June 15, 2018

    Lawmakers have made little to no progress during the 115th Congress to improve labor and employment policy. U.S. labor law is outdated and in need of modernization. In December 2016, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released its “Agenda for Congress” outlining several opportunities to update labor law in order to increase worker choice and flexibility and remove onerous burdens on job creators.


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