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  • Meet Julius: How Unions Hurt The Average Worker

    April 29, 2013
    Meet Julius.

    Julius is an African American man living in modern-day America. Julius is a fictitious character, but the problems he faces are real problems that real people face every day. He wants the American Dream. He wants prosperity and opportunity. He wants his kids to have a better life than he did. When he retires, he wants to know that his years of hard work have meant some level of comfort in his old age.

    In other words, Julius wants what all of us want.

    Unfortunately, his economic hopes are continually frustrated in ways both large and small, both obvious and subtle, by a powerful force: labor unions.

    In a new CEI video production, an animated film called "The Life of Julius," we see how he is affected by the laws and regulations supported by unions at every turn of his working life.

    ...
  • Welcome to the New Workplace Choice!

    April 26, 2013

    Step right up!



    Welcome, boys and girls of all ages, to the new and improved WorkPlaceChoice.org, your one-stop shop for all things labor. Included herein for your education and amusement you will find:


  • Iron Man vs. The Musicians Union

    April 24, 2013
    Iron Man has faced a variety of dastardly villains in his storied, five decade-long super hero career: Communists, terrorists, evil tycoons, rust. And most frightening of all, Mickey Rourke (pictured below).
  • Joy Division vs. The Lighting Union

    April 24, 2013
    In his new and riveting biography recounting the rise and fall of his legendary band, Joy Division bassist Peter Hook (Hooky, to friends and fans) recounts a surprising run-in the Manchester lads had with a television lighting union.
  • VW on radar: UAW chief sets sights on Southern automakers

    April 22, 2013
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    The UAW is coming! The UAW is coming!

    It’s not quite Paul Revere’s famous warning, but it’s true nonetheless. Yes, the United Auto Workers union, having left Detroit a shell of its former glory, has been forced to cast its gaze to the foreign-owned auto plants in the South.

    Volkswagen has operated an assembly plant in Chattanooga for the past two years, where it churns out the very popular Passat sedan. The Passat won the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year award — which judges models on a variety of value and safety criteria — propelling it to sales of more than 117,000 that year...
  • VW on radar: UAW chief sets sights on Southern automakers

    April 20, 2013
    The UAW is coming! The UAW is coming!

    It’s not quite Paul Revere’s famous warning, but it’s true nonetheless. Yes, the United Auto Workers union, having left Detroit a shell of its former glory, has been forced to cast its gaze to the foreign-owned auto plants in the South.
  • The UAW, Having Stripped Detroit Bare, Looks To The South

    April 16, 2013
    By Matt Patterson & Julia Tavlas, Forbesuaw

    The United Auto Workers union, having looted and stripped Detroit bare, have set their sights south, to the right-to-work states and the foreign-owned auto plants they host.

    German car maker Volkswagen, for example, has operated an assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee since 2011, producing Passat sedans. The factory has 3,350 employees, making it vital to the economic health one of the state’s largest cities.

    In 2011, UAW head Bob King met with leaders of IG Metall, a large umbrella union which represents Volkswagen workers in Germany, to secure their support in his efforts...
  • The UAW, Having Stripped Detroit Bare, Looks To The South

    April 16, 2013
    The United Auto Workers union, having looted and stripped Detroit bare, have set their sights south, to the right-to-work states and the foreign-owned auto plants they host.
  • House Of Representatives Rebukes Rogue NLRB

    April 13, 2013
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    On Friday, April 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, a laudable attempt to rein in President Obama’s unconstitutionally staffed — and therefore illegitimate — National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (HR 1120) requires the NLRB to “cease all activity that requires a three member quorum” in an attempt to bring some sense of...
  • House Of Representatives Rebukes Rogue NLRB

    April 12, 2013
    On Friday, April 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, a laudable attempt to rein in President Obama's unconstitutionally staffed -- and therefore illegitimate -- National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (HR 1120) requires the NLRB to "cease all activity that requires a three member quorum" in an attempt to bring some sense of order to a labor market thrown into chaos by a Board comprised of unconstitutional appointees issuing hundreds of now questionable rulings.

    Before the vote, the Competitive Enterprise Institute had ...

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