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  • CEI Lauds, Will Keyvote Members on NLRB Reform Measure

    April 12, 2013
    Competitive Enterprise InstituteNLRB

    Today the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that would require the National Labor Relations Board to cease all activity that requires a three-member quorum and to prohibit NLRB from “enforcing any action taken after January 2012 that required a quorum.”

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute commends supporters of the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (H.R. 1120) – sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the Subcommittee on Health,...
  • The problem with Perez

    April 1, 2013
    The Washington Timesnew-black-panther-fox-news_0

    If you saw a man standing outside the grocery store swinging a baton and glowering at passers-by, would you go inside?

    Perhaps, but more likely you would decide you didn’t need arugula that night after all. True, the baton wielder never actually said, “Buy arugula and get beat down,” but then he didn’t really have to, did he?

    Similarly, a man standing in front of a voting precinct would send equally unmistakable and threatening signals. On Election Day 2008, two men were famously filmed — one brandishing a weapon — in front of a polling...
  • Beyond Tom Perez: Why do we need a Labor Department?

    March 22, 2013
    The Baltimore Sunla-apphoto-labor-secretary-jpg-20130310

    Well, America survived.

    Yes, it's true, the United States was able to withstand two months without a labor secretary. The previous secretary, Hilda Solis, stepped down on Jan. 22. That thud you heard was no one noticing. No one noticed because, like most of the federal government, the Department of Labor has become an enormous bureaucracy machine with a life of its own that...
  • Labor’s Loss: Secret Ballot Protection Advances In Virginia

    March 21, 2013
    secret-ballot-button1Openmarket.org

    This week Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell struck a little heralded — but much needed — blow for privacy rights in the Old Dominion by signing two key bills: House Bill 1385, the “Secret Ballot Protection Act,” and House Bill 1931, the “KEEP Secure Act: Keep Employees Emails and Phones Secure Act.”

    The “Secret Ballot Protection Act” will provide, according to legislation summary, that:
    [I]n any procedure providing for the designation, selection, or authorization of a labor organization...
  • Labor's Loss: Secret Ballot Protection Advances In Virginia

    March 21, 2013
    This week Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell struck a little heralded -- but much needed -- blow for privacy rights in the Old Dominion by signing two key bills: House Bill 1385, the "Secret Ballot Protection Act," and House Bill 1931, the "KEEP Secure Act: Keep Employees Emails and Phones Secure Act."

    The "Secret Ballot Protection Act" will provide, according to legislation summary, that:
    [I]n any procedure providing for the designation, selection, or authorization of a labor organization to represent employees, the right of an individual employee to vote by secret ballot is a fundamental right that shall be guaranteed from infringement.

    A secret ballot is, of course, a cornerstone of the democratic process, and absolutely vital to ensuring elections free of intimidation and coercion -- which...
  • Unions euthanize nursing homes

    March 19, 2013
    The Washington Examinerhealthbridge

    Once upon a time, a group of health care workers walked off the job, abandoning the aged and infirm under their care. Others -- according to reports -- actively sabotaged their patients' medical care -- though thankfully, no one was irreparably hurt.

    This is no fairy tale, but a real life horror show that unfolded recently in New England. Last July, HealthBridge Management, which operates 32 nursing care facilities, was confronted with an employee walkout at five of its Connecticut nursing homes.

    The striking workers were members of New England Health Care Employees Union, an...
  • Cut spending: Permanently furlough ‘official time’ workers

    March 1, 2013
    By Matt Patterson and Trey Kovacs, The Washington Times

    As politicians of both parties ride through the country Paul Revere-like in their warning about the dire consequences of the looming automatic spending cuts coming with sequestration, a lot of Americans are worried that essential government services will see a dangerous reduction in their operating resources.



    Yet there is a way to cut substantial amounts of federal spending that will have zero effect on public services. Simply get...
  • "King" Of Nowhere: UAW Chief Makes Noise, Not War

    February 13, 2013
    Poor Bob King.

    Perhaps no other union leader presides over an organization in such stark decline as the United Auto Workers. At its peak in 1979, the UAW boasted a membership of 1.5 million. Today, by its own admission, it boasts a mere 390,000. And Michigan's newly passed right-to-work law almost certainly will make it harder for the union to both retain existing members and recruit new ones.

    The dire demography explains why the UAW is desperate to organize in the so-called "transnational" automakers -- foreign companies whose manufacturing plants are largely scattered throughout the low-tax, low-regulation - and less-unionized -- southern states. King is not shy about...
  • “King” Of Nowhere: UAW Chief Makes Noise, Not War

    February 13, 2013
    Openmarket.org

    Poor Bob King.

    Perhaps no other union leader presides over an organization in such stark decline as the United Auto Workers (UAW). At its peak in 1979, the UAW boasted a membership of 1.5 million. Today, by its own admission, a mere 390,000. And Michigan’s newly passed right-to-work law will almost certainly make it harder for the union to both retain existing members and recruit new ones in the very...
  • ‘Blunting’ the decline of unions

    February 11, 2013
    New York Post

    Some say the organized-labor movement is going to pot — but at least one union is looking to pot for its salvation.

    US labor unions continue to shrink. Last year, just 11.3 percent of American workers belonged to a union, the lowest share in a century and nearly half what it was just 30 years ago.

    Anyone sinking so far would grab any line to keep from drowning, even if that line is made of hemp. And some labor leaders are eyeing legal marijuana as a source for new members.

    The United Food and Commercial Workers union represents employees at three medical-...

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