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  • Headline: School Closures to Offer a Lesson in Economics

    September 8, 2020
    The U.S. got some good news that the employment rate had fallen to 8.4 percent in July, but it is possible that that could jump back up thanks to the beginning of the school year. In an effort to prevent the spreads of COVID-19, school districts are being as cautious as possible about reopening for in-person instruction and that may mean that many parents are forced to give up work.
  • School’s Out Forever? Teachers Unions Flex Muscle on Reopening Policies

    September 3, 2020
    What determines whether your child school is open this fall? Apparently, the strength of the teachers local union. That was what analysts found using data on school openings and the relative strength of those school districts’ unions.
  • Unions Say They Shouldn’t Be Burdened with Complex Process They Created

    July 10, 2020
    A favorite tactic used by unions to prevent membership losses, and the accompanying loss of dues money, is making the process of opting out of as difficult and confusing as possible. Government employee unions may now get a taste of their own medicine thanks to a federal rule announced Thursday that puts the burden on unions, not workers, to deal with the process.
  • Congress’ Long Bipartisan History of Defending Cops Accused of Wrongdoing

    July 10, 2020
    For more than a decade, one of the areas of broad bipartisan agreement in Congress was on protecting police officers “unfairly targeted” for their “aggressive enforcement of the laws.” It was the one area where conservative tough-on-crime and liberal pro-labor positions overlapped.
  • We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges; Left Pushes Labor Leaders to Dump Police Unions

    June 12, 2020
    The progressive left’s calls to “defund the police” have extended to attacking the right of law enforcement officers to have unions. This has put organized labor’s leaders in an awkward position. On the one hand, they’ve been big supporters of the civil rights movement. On the other, they are wary of endorsing the idea that certain people shouldn’t have the right to collectively bargain.
  • Homeschooling Growth Worries Teachers' Unions

    May 20, 2020
    Teachers unions are eager to see the COVID-19 outbreak end and things return normal because the outbreak has turned the U.S. into a nation of homeschoolers. Presumably, most of those parents would still rather have their kids in traditional schools but it appears that at least some will decide they like homeschooling once they get a taste for it.
  • How Kentucky Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Union Business

    December 11, 2019
    As taxpayers, we trust our locally elected officials to act as fiduciaries of our hard-earned dollars. However, it is well documented that the government frequently fritters away tax dollars on activity that serves no public purpose.
  • State Legislatures Seek to Undermine 'Janus' Decision

    June 27, 2019
    Labor unions continue to deny the First Amendment rights of public employees despite the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which ruled one year ago that non-union workers cannot be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Many public employees that want to drop their membership have found it can be exceedingly difficult to do so.
  • Post-'Janus', Unions Continue Undermining Public Workers' First Amendment Rights

    June 24, 2019
    It has been nearly one year since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the First Amendment rights of public employees, but many members are still having difficulties exercising these new rights. In the landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision, public employees who are not members of a union can no longer be forced to pay agency fees, better known as forced union dues, as a condition of employment.
  • Union Membership Post-Janus

    April 8, 2019
    It has been difficult to gauge the impact of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME. In this ruling, the Supreme Court held that forcing non-members to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment is a violation of the First Amendment. Predictions on the fallout from Janus ran the gamut. Some predicted a mass exodus, while other believed few public workers would resign their membership.


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