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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


  • Forced Union Dues Fund Labor Union Politics

    December 6, 2017

    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

    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...

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

    October 27, 2017

    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

    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

    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...

  • Will Government Union Gravy Train Come to an End?

    September 20, 2017

    No worker should be forced to financially support an organization against his or her will. For too long, government employee unions have possessed the power to compel workers to pay for representation they may not want.

    But that could change soon. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide to hear a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of compulsory union dues among public sector workers.

    The lawsuit, Janus v. American Federation State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, challenges, on First Amendment grounds, the validity of “agency fees,” which require non-union public employees to...

  • Subsidy Forces Florida Taxpayers to Pay for Union Work

    August 31, 2017

    Most hardworking Americans would be shocked to learn that public employees at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—conduct union business that is totally unrelated to their civic duties, on the taxpayers’ dime.

    The cost of this wasteful practice, known as union release time, is largest at the federal level. In 2014, the latest data available, release time cost, at minimum, $162.5 million with federal employees spending over 3 million hours performing union business.

    But that does not mean the money and time wasted at the state and local level is trivial. In a report released today by the James...

  • Congress Expands Investigation into Inappropriate Federal Employee Political Activity

    August 23, 2017

    Over the summer, an investigation by the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) unearthed that United States Postal Service (USPS) employees and union engaged in a “systematic violation...
  • Senate Committee Advances Union Subsidy Transparency Bill

    July 27, 2017

    The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one. And in the case of federal employees performing union business on the taxpayer dime, knowing how big the problem is.

    Yesterday the Senate Homeland Security and...


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