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  • Top 5 Changes in Labor Policy to Look for in 2018

    December 26, 2017

    Major labor reform is on the horizon in 2018. Worker freedom may be coming to a state near you, federal overtime requirements will likely change, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has signaled it will restore longstanding precedent and act as a neutral arbiter instead of a union advocate.  
    1. Worker Freedom

    A landmark case...

  • NLRB Restores Commonsense Joint Employer Standard

    December 15, 2017

    During the past eight years, the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tilted labor-management relation precedent far in favor of labor unions. This came in the form of overturning thousands of years of precedent that stacked the deck for the benefit of Big Labor. As a...
  • A New Day in Labor-Management Relations

    October 31, 2017

    There may never have been a more partisan National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) than during the Obama administration. During Obama’s tenure, the agency in charge of governing labor-relations in the private-sector upended 4,559 years of precedent. Nearly every decision made by...
  • Illinois Outlaws Local Worker Freedom Laws

    October 25, 2017

    Employers in Illinois really didn’t need another reason to bypass or move out of the state, but the legislature gave them one. On October 24, 2017, state senators voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation that would prohibit local right-to-work laws.

    Right-to-work laws  give workers the freedom to opt out of paying dues to a union they do not support. It is commonsense policy that has been adopted in a majority of states, including all of Illinois’ neighbors. Many businesses consider a state’s right-to-work status when deciding where to locate a new facility....

  • Why Should Millennials Want to Shrink Government Bureaucracy?

    September 8, 2017

    In a world full of tweets, Instagram posts, and BuzzFeed quizzes, many Millennials haven’t taken time to think about big government and its implications, but I’m here to drop some knowledge on you as to why we should want to shrink government bureaucracy.

    Let’s look at the big picture. Government agencies are ridiculously inefficient, they regulate pretty much every aspect of our lives, and they waste billions of tax dollars a year.

    Now, let’s take a look at some agencies in particular, starting with the Environmental...

  • Workers Desire the Freedom to Choose

    August 22, 2017

    An individual’s freedom to choose should extend to the workplace. Currently union representation, and the forced union dues payments that come with it, is often forced on workers whether they like it or not.

    It is of little surprise that workers would like more of a say in who represents them...

  • Rethinking the National Labor Relations Board

    August 22, 2017

    The Senate is making much needed progress toward filling the vacancies at the five-member National Labor Relations Board, an agency tasked with protecting worker rights and balancing the interests of employers and unions in labor disputes. It is imperative to make...
  • NLRB Fails to Explain Departure from Joint Employer Precedent

    August 4, 2017

    Today, for the second time this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision that criticized the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for failing to engage in a reasoned decision making. There are several issues discussed in the case, NLRB v CNN, but this post will only focus on the joint employer standard.

    Joint employment is when one employer is liable for the actions of another employer and assumes collective bargaining responsibilities.

    Here is...

  • Congress Introduces Cure to Job-Killing 'Joint Employer' Standard

    July 27, 2017

    During the Obama administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) saddled job creators with an avalanche of red tape. The Board’s regulations now threaten worker flexibility and opportunity, as well as business formation...
  • Bills Allow States to Protect Workers from Identity Theft and Stalking

    July 21, 2017

    Protecting workers from identity theft and stalking should be a bipartisan issue. While Republicans and Democrats can hardly agree on whether the sky is blue, both political parties should agree everyone should have the right to work without fear for his or her privacy or safety. At the very least, there should be consequences if someone jeopardizes their privacy or security.

    To that end, Reps. Drew Ferguson and Buddy Carter (both Georgia Republicans) have introduced the Freedom from Union Identity Theft and Freedom from Union Stalking Act. These bills ensure that federal labor law does not preempt common sense state protections against identity theft and stalking.

    Here is a real world example why these bills are necessary. In 2008, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3602...

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