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  • Senate Moves to Confirm Acosta as Labor Secretary

    April 25, 2017

    After months of struggling to confirm a Labor Secretary, President Trump can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for...
  • Labor and Employment in Trump's First 100 Days

    April 24, 2017

    April 29th will mark the end of the first 100 days of the Trump administration, and the President has placed a great deal of importance on achieving success in this honeymoon phase. Below is a quick recap of the good, the bad, and the ugly of what transpired during the first 100 days on labor and employment policy.


    At the end of March, President Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to repeal what is known as the Blacklisting rule. The rule, which derives from a 2014 Obama executive order, required contractors who bid on federal contracts over $500,000 to report alleged, as well as actual, labor violations over the last three years. These violations could have been used to block a company’s bid....

  • A Time for Choosing: Will Trump Side with Taxpayers or Unions?

    April 12, 2017

    President Donald Trump fared better among union households than most Republican presidential candidates in recent memory. Campaigning on economic opportunity and jobs struck a chord with hardworking Americans, including union members. Upon taking office, Trump has continued his courtship of...
  • Increasing Worker Satisfaction Shouldn't Be an Unfair Labor Practice

    April 5, 2017

    Companies should be permitted to establish a system so they can receive feedback from employees and remedy worker dissatisfaction. Unfortunately, national labor law generally prohibits an employer from carrying out this practice.

    Yes, labor law restrains employers from starting an...

  • SEIU Spending Big on Fight for $15

    April 3, 2017

    Why has the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) spent at least $19 million last year and $90 million since 2012 financing the Fight for 15 when nearly all union members earn more than the minimum wage?

    In most respects, the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign has been a failure. Despite loads of union cash, the Fight for 15 has not achieved its policy goal of a $15 minimum wage and failed to organize fast-food restaurants.

    If you read the SEIU’s press clippings, it supports a $15 minimum wage because it is a way to lift low wage workers out of poverty. But an abundance of research on the effects of minimum wages on low-skill workers shows it reduces...

  • Seattle Forced Union Dues Scheme Faces Legal Challenge

    March 30, 2017

    In 2015, the City of Seattle enacted a misguided ordinance that allows Uber and Lyft drivers, who operate as independent contractors, the privilege to collectively bargain. This March, the city selected the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 117 as ride-share drivers’ exclusive representative.

    Two legal challenges have been levied against the first of its kind legislation that permits independent contractors to unionize. Today, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington will hear arguments in the case filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce against the City of Seattle, in which the trade association is asking for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the ordinance.

    The Chamber’s court filing cites several deficiencies with the...

  • Mr. Acosta Goes to Washington

    March 22, 2017

    Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee held a hearing on Alexander Acosta’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. Mr. Acosta came off as smart, accomplished, and an individual...
  • Court Slaps Down Overreach of Federal Labor Regulators

    March 20, 2017

    Recent research finds that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency that governs most private-sector labor relations, overturned decisions representing over 4,500 years of precedent under the Obama administration. That is a...
  • Trump Administration Budget Request Targets Union Slush Fund

    March 16, 2017

    Today the White House released an outline of its 2018 budget. The Trump administration requests a 21 percent decrease to the Department of Labor’s budget, a reduction of $2.5 billion.

    The budget finds savings, in part, through eliminating or cutting back ineffective or duplicative training programs.

    One area in which the budget outline recommends cuts is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) grants:

    Eliminates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s unproven training grants, yielding savings of almost $11 million from the 2017 annualized CR level and focusing the agency on its central work of keeping workers safe on the job.

    Hopefully, this calls for the elimination of the OSHA Susan Harwood...

  • Takeaways from Browning-Ferris 'Joint Employer' Hearing

    March 9, 2017

    Today I attended oral arguments at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that addressed the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) vague and extremely broad definition of a ...


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