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  • NLRB's End Run Around Right to Work Laws

    June 4, 2015 1:57 PM

    Yesterday, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing entitled, "Compulsory Unionism Through Grievance Fees: The NLRB’s Assault on Right to Work," which examined the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) effort to undermine state right-to-work laws.

  • "Worker's Choice" Proposal

    June 4, 2015 9:20 AM

    On June 2, 2015, Vincent Vernuccio, the Director of Labor Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and one of my predecessors here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, released a new paper proposing a policy he entitles “Worker’s Choice.”

  • Texas Court Upholds NLRB Ambush Election

    June 2, 2015 2:49 PM

    On June 1, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas upheld the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) ambush election, which dramatically alters longstanding union election procedures, invades employee privacy, limits employers involvement during union organizing campaigns, and heavily favors labor unions.

  • Employment Effects of the NLRB's Joint-Employer Cases

    June 2, 2015 11:18 AM

    Following the script of the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil in his book The Fissured Workplace, the National Labor Relations Board is pushing big businesses to hire people in-house rather than utilize small, specialized businesses, which would suffer. Weil’s theory is that bigger businesses are more sensitive about brand reputation and thus more susceptible to pressure from unions and trial lawyers. Using a line of cases concerning joint employment, the NLRB has specifically targeted such industries as franchising, trucking, contracting, temping, and outsourcing.

    If the NLRB were to get its way, job creation would falter for several reasons. First, franchising itself could be imperiled, and franchising creates jobs faster than other businesses do. Second, small business efficiency and innovation tailored to consumer tastes would be curtailed. Third, the NLRB states that it wants to make the “economic weapons” of pickets and strikes more available to unions—certain to impair commerce. And finally, trial lawyers would be able to sue an additional group of businesses, foisting more risk and cost on job creation. Job opportunities would surely suffer.

    One observed aspect of the loss of job opportunity is at the beginning of a career. In their new book DisinheritedDiana Furchgott-Roth and Jared Meyer point out, “[Y]oung people often use minimum-wage jobs as stepping stones to better careers. … If people cannot get their first job, they cannot get their second or their third.” The International Monetary Fund explains the scarring effect of early unemployment, “The earnings penalty can be as high as 20 percent compared with their peers who find employment early, and the earnings deficit can persist as long as 20 years.” For the young, obtaining that essential first job has huge financial ramifications for careers.

    The National Bureau of Economic Research expounds that the effect is toughest for the lowest rungs on the employment ladder: “[T]he bottom of the wage-and-ability distribution experience larger and more persistent losses.” The low-skilled and most needful are at greatest risk.

    Who else could be hurt by the NLRB? New American immigrants who are pursuing their first job in their new country.

  • Union Bosses Lobby for Exemption from $15 LA Minimum Wage

    May 27, 2015 12:52 PM

    As I reported in yesterday, Big Labor spent a lot of money and resources supporting the Los Angeles' $15 minimum wage.

  • Big Labor Money Behind Los Angeles Minimum Wage Hike

    May 26, 2015 10:26 AM

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

  • Defund the Partisan NLRB

    May 20, 2015 3:23 PM

    One of the primary objectives of the National Labor Relations Act is to remedy the perceived "inequality of bargaining power" between employees and employers. However, the National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the NLRA, has tilted the playing field too far in favor of labor unions by bestowing upon them greater bargaining power than employees or employers.

  • Missouri House and Senate Pass Right to Work

    May 14, 2015 8:38 PM

    On May 12, Missouri took a great leap forward toward becoming the 26th right to work (RTW) state. First, the State Senate passed the bill 21-13. Then on May 13, the Missouri House sent the RTW bill to Governor Jay Nixon's desk with a vote of 92-66.

  • Right to Work is Right for Missouri

    May 14, 2015 3:15 PM

    On May 12, Missouri took a great leap forward toward becoming the 26th right to work (RTW) state. First, the State Senate passed the bill 21-13. Then on May 13, the Missouri House sent the RTW bill to Governor Jay Nixon's desk with a vote of 92-66.

    Hopefully the below facts can persuade Gov. Nixon to get past partisan politics and do what is right for his state’s citizens by signing RTW into law. Further, he should take note that 54 percent of Missourians support RTW against only 34 percent opposed, according to a survey conducted by the Missouri Alliance for Freedom and former Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones.

  • Government Union Collective Bargaining Needs Sunlight

    May 12, 2015 3:09 PM

    Taxpayers should have a right to know how tax dollars are spent. Unfortunately, one of state and local governments' largest expenditures, public union contracts, mostly are agreed upon in closed-door meetings.


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