July 9, 2018
The Trump administration recently installed Arthur Rosenfeld as the head of the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), which administers and enforces the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The LMRDA was enacted to ensure union leaders are accountable to their members. Now, with the vacancy at the OLMS filled, here is shortlist of priorities the sub-agency should seek to accomplish.
July 6, 2018
If the Trump administration wants to achieve its stated goal to use tax dollars as effectively as possible, ending the practice known as official time, which allows unionized government employees to perform union business while being paid by taxpayers, should be high on its to-do list.
July 5, 2018
Despite union hysterics, the Supreme Court's Janus decision does not impede or prohibit public employees’ right to unionize or collectively bargain. Instead, government unions will simply have to compete for membership and funding like every other membership-based organization. But Democrats in Congress are seeking to undermine the decision via legislation.
June 27, 2018
Public sector workers who haven’t affirmatively chosen to support labor unions should see a bump in their paychecks, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The decision holds that forcing public sector workers to financially support a union violates their First Amendment speech and associational rights.
June 22, 2018
The question of the minimum wage is a hot topic this week, as the voters of the District of Columbia just approved Initiative 77, which will change how tipped workers, like restaurants servers, are paid and require their employers to provide a $15-an-hour wage by 2025, whether the workers in question also earn substantially more in tips or not.
June 18, 2018
Washington, D.C. has a $12.50 per hour minimum wage. But for tip-earning workers, such as servers and bartenders, the minimum is $3.33 per hour—tips are supposed to make up the difference. And if they don’t, then employers make up the shortfall. Ballot initiative 77, due for a vote on Tuesday, would raise tipped workers’ minimum wage to $12.50. It would also raise D.C.’s minimum wage to $15.00 in steps through 2025. The proposal has divided the restaurant community.
June 15, 2018
Lawmakers have made little to no progress during the 115th Congress to improve labor and employment policy. U.S. labor law is outdated and in need of modernization. In December 2016, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released its “Agenda for Congress” outlining several opportunities to update labor law in order to increase worker choice and flexibility and remove onerous burdens on job creators.
June 8, 2018
A growing economy helps all workers, both those in the sharing economy and those in traditional employment, as new federal employment data bear out.
June 1, 2018
A group of Democratic senators recently took issue with the National Labor Relations Board’s announcement it may initiate a notice and comment rulemaking to clarify the definition of joint employer liability standards. On May 29, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to NLRB Chairman John Ring that expressed concerns that the agency is issuing a regulation on joint employer standards “in order to evade the ethical restrictions that apply to adjudications.”
May 24, 2018
Today the House Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing entitled “Union Time on the People’s Dime: A Closer Look at Official Time.” The purpose of the hearing was to review problems with the practice of official time, which grants federal employees paid time off to perform union business at the taxpayers’ expense. In addition, to discuss potential legislative reforms to official time.