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  • Federal Employee Unions Hamstring Government Reorganization Efforts

    January 29, 2018 11:53 AM

    President Trump has said that “billions and billions of dollars are being wasted on activities that are not delivering results for hardworking American taxpayers.” The inspection of federal employee collective bargaining agreements is a good place to start reversing that.

  • Stop Forcing Unions on Workers

    January 24, 2018 7:45 AM

    Workers should have the right to speak for themselves at their workplace and decide how to spend their hard earned wages.

  • Prohibit Union Official Time during Potential Government Shutdown

    January 18, 2018 11:13 AM

    Under OPM policy, exempt federal employees who work during a shutdown “serving as union officials may continue to be granted official time to the same extent and in the same manner as they would under nonshutdown conditions.”

  • New Evidence on the Effects of Teacher Unions

    January 10, 2018 7:48 AM

    It is CEI’s contention that strong labor regulation, including collective bargaining mandates, is detrimental to the general welfare, as it prioritizes the wants of union leaders and their supporters over the needs of other citizens.

    Lowell Gallaway and Jonathan Robe demonstrated this in our...

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

    December 26, 2017 7:51 AM

    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 currently before the U.S....

  • Forced Union Dues Fund Labor Union Politics

    December 6, 2017 10:50 AM

    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) submitted a brief in Janus v AFSCME, Council 31, a case before the United States Supreme Court. The question at hand is whether the First Amendment allows the government to force public employees to financially assist a union they do not support. The plaintiff in the case is asking the Supreme Court to overrule Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), which permits unions to collect compulsory dues, or in some cases, agency fees.

    CEI’s brief dispels the myth that forced union dues are only spent on union representational activity. Despite past U.S. Supreme Court...

  • Brief Filed to Supreme Court in Forced Union Dues Case

    December 1, 2017 11:51 AM

    A landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court could free millions of public-sector unions from paying fees to a union as a condition of employment.

    The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, representing the plaintiff, filed its brief this week in Janus v AFSCME, Council 31. The lawsuit...

  • How Government Unions Plan to Keep Members and Dues Flowing After Janus

    October 27, 2017 12:25 PM

    Government unions are preparing for a world where they can no longer force non-members to pay dues in the public sector.

    That is because a case before the United States Supreme Court, Janus v AFSCME Council 31, could end the practice of unions charging fees to public employees who are not members. This is obviously troubling to labor unions. Currently, in states that permit agency fees, government unions do not have to worry about providing representation to bargaining unit employees that they would voluntarily pay for.

    But one of the most powerful public-sector unions has released a list of tweaks to collective bargaining agreements that can keep membership rolls and dues stable. Over at ...

  • Time to Eliminate Hidden Taxpayer Support of Union Activities

    October 23, 2017 11:48 AM

    Tax dollars should exclusively support the public’s business. But a Mackinac Center for Public Policy open records request show this is not the case in Michigan. According to the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s response to the records request, “Michigan is paying 20 state employees annual salaries totaling more than $1.2 million to do union work on a full-time basis.”

    More than just these 20 employees use release time. Some only spend part of their day on union activities rather than state work.

    Worse, this wasteful practice is not limited to state employees. Another $3 million of taxpayer dollars are frittered away by Michigan school districts, by allowing about 100 employees to conduct union...

  • Executive Order Disbands National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations

    October 3, 2017 1:20 PM

    Many view public sector unionism as an inappropriate delegation of power to a private entity. Instead of duly elected officials controlling the cost, effectiveness, and availability of public services, government representatives are forced to bargain with unions over workplace conditions.

    State and local government unions may bargain over a wider breadth of subjects than their federal...

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