February 21, 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a simple, but crucial mission. The agency’s website quotes President Lincoln’s promise to veterans to describe it:
‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.
Last week, the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunities held a joint hearing because many Veterans Affairs employees are performing union activities instead of fulfilling the mission of the agency.
Using the practice known as official time, which pays federal employees their salary and benefits to perform union business...
February 3, 2017spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about reforming collective bargaining by federal employees. Gov. Walker...
January 27, 2017union membership report. As has been the case for decades, the union membership rate—the portion of public and private-sector workers who are union members—declined, this time to the...
December 14, 2016
November 15, 2016
At the federal level, the two primary labor and employment statutes—National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, have remained relatively untouched for decades. However, over the past several years, a number of states have taken action to reform labor and employment law.
November 3, 2016
This has caused a major inconvenience, to say the least, for hundreds of thousands of commuters...
October 31, 2016
This monster regulation stands in the way of average Americans’ access to bank services. He came to life after being cobbled together in response to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Dodd-Frankenstein was made out of good intentions, but the unintended consequences to small banks and main street have been devastating.
October 27, 2016National Association of Manufacturers estimates that the aggregate costs of labor regulations imposed just this year by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...
October 19, 2016
State public pension plans are underfunded by nearly $5.6 trillion nationwide, according to a new American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) study. Naturally, the level of pension funding and the size of liabilities vary widely across states. Given that, the new ALEC report provides useful comparisons based on three criteria:
- Funded ratio;
- Total unfunded liabilities; and
- Per capital unfunded liabilities.
In terms of funding ration, Wisconsin scores the best, at 63.4 percent funding, the only state with a ratio above 50 percent. Connecticut scores worst, at 22.8 percent.
Vermont has the nation’s smallest total pension obligation sum, at $8.7 billion; California the greatest, at $956 billion.
Of course, Vermont is a...
September 21, 2016
The single most important action the president can make is appoint competent, non-partisan officials to the primary federal labor agencies—the Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations...