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  • Significant Labor and Employment Issues in FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bill

    June 16, 2015 4:21 PM

    Stamped June 15, 2015 (5:55PM), the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee Department on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has produced a draft bill for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16).

    Virtually every year this Labor-HHS-Ed bill faces significant challenges for individual enactment. However, every year the bill is enacted, albeit normally as part of a larger appropriations act.

    In every case, the initial draft of the bill sets the tone for the eventual enactment and frames the issues for debate.

    This initial FY16 draft contains the following significant verbatim provisions for increasing employment, bettering incentives for workers, reducing deadweight loss to the economy, augmenting workers’ income growth, and improving worker freedom:

  • Union Deauthorization Provides Workers Weapon to Combat Pro-Union NLRB Actions

    June 15, 2015 4:36 PM

    Nearly all action to come out of the Obama administration's National Labor Relations Board has sought to ease union organizing campaigns in order to funnel workers' money into union coffers.

  • Union Official Time Breeds Corruption

    June 10, 2015 1:50 PM

    The Office of Labor-Management Standards of the Department of Labor conducts criminal investigations to unearth union wrongdoing that violates the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

  • NLRB Approves of Vulgar Union Gear at Workplace

    June 5, 2015 12:11 PM

    Under the Obama administration, the National Labor Relations Board has gone to great lengths to expand employee Section 7 rights to the point of absurdity.

  • 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.

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