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  • Vive la Liberte! Even France Liberalizing Its Labor Laws

    January 16, 2013
    It may not be enough to make Lafayette proud, but it's good news all the same. The New York Times reports:
    French labor unions and business leaders struck a deal on Friday to overhaul swaths of France’s notoriously rigid labor market, moving to tame some of the most confounding rules in the 3,200-page labor code as the country tries to increase its competitiveness and curb unemployment.
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  • Vive la Liberte! Even France Liberalizing Its Labor Laws

    January 16, 2013
    Openmarket.org

    It may not be enough to make Lafayette proud, but it’s good news all the same. The New York Times reports:
    French labor unions and business leaders struck a deal on Friday to overhaul swaths of ...
  • The Thievery Of Saints: Liberals Justify Wealth Confiscation In Cloak Of Moral Superiority

    January 15, 2013
    There appeared on the gossip website Gawker.com recently a profane and ignorant article titled “Do ‘The Good Rich’ Exist?” The substance of the piece is exactly what one might expect from such a title, beginning with a lament that wealth -- and wealthy people -- even exist:
    We live in a world in which wealth is distributed in a wildly unequal way. A tiny few have billions of dollars, while many more have nothing.

    Notice the perverse upending of reality in this formulation: Wealth is not made, it is distributed, as though it already and perpetually existed -- thus are the achievements of individual men and women wiped out in a sentence.

    And how convenient this rearrangement is for the lover of government, for once you accept the notion that wealth is not created but merely “...
  • How About Some Intellectual Diversity At The Labor Department?

    January 10, 2013
    As the cabinet turns: Hilda Solis announced this week that she will soon be stepping down from her post as secretary of labor. Solis, a former Congresswoman from California who served as Obama’s labor chief since 2009, explained in an email to staffers that her decision was made over the holiday:
    I enjoyed my first opportunity in years to reflect on the past and my future, with an open mind and an open heart… After much discussion with family and close friends, I have decided to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love and that have inspired and shaped my life.

    Solis pointed with especial...
  • Catching The Chimera: Right-To-Work In Michigan

    December 6, 2012
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    Labor leaders have seen the writing on the wall for their movement for a while now. But that writing just got bolder and more ominous for them.

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced in a stunning press conference today that he would sign legislation making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state as soon as he can, possibly this week. The Detroit Free Press reports:
    During a news conference in the state’s Capitol, Snyder said the Legislature will proceed with right-to-work legislation for public and private employees – which would exclude police and firefighters – and that the bills could be introduced Thursday during the...
  • Catching The Chimera: Right-To-Work In Michigan

    December 6, 2012
    Labor leaders have seen the writing on the wall for their movement for a while now. But that writing just got bolder and more ominous for them.

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced in a stunning press conference today that he would sign legislation making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state as soon as he can, possibly this week. The Detroit Free Press reports:
    During a news conference in the state's Capitol, Snyder said the Legislature will proceed with right-to-work legislation for public and private employees - which would exclude police and firefighters - and that the bills could be introduced Thursday during the lame-duck session.

    'The goal isn't to...
  • Official Time: Officially Outrageous

    December 3, 2012
    Would you be upset if you learned that your local tax dollars were funding a rival sports team in another state? Of course, but that, thankfully, is far-fetched proposition. (Unfortunately, your local tax dollars may well be subsidizing a professional sports team in your state.)

    But what if you learned your federal tax dollars were being spent funding an organization you don't belong to, and which may have a political agenda you vehemently disagree with? You'd be steamed, of course. Unfortunately, unlike with the sports analogy, this is exactly what is happening with so-called "official time."

    "Official time" refers to the process by which a union worker conducts union business while on the job. When it comes to government employees, that means you and I are paying for union members to do union business when they are supposed to be doing our business.

    Official time...
  • Official Time: Officially Outrageous

    December 3, 2012
    Openmarket.org

    Would you be upset if you learned that your local tax dollars were funding a rival sports team in another state? Of course, but that, thankfully, is far-fetched proposition. (Unfortunately, your local tax dollars may well be subsidizing a professional sports team in your state.)

    But what if you learned your federal tax dollars were being spent funding an organization you don’t belong to, and which may have a political agenda you vehemently disagree with? You’d be steamed, of course. Unfortunately, unlike with the sports analogy, this is...
  • Union Fail: Walmart Survives Labor-Driven Intimidation Campaign

    November 26, 2012
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    Well, that was pitiful.

    Union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart had planned a massive, nationwide strike/protest campaign against the retail giant designed specifically to hurt the company on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

    Instead, according to David Tovar, Walmart’s vice...
  • Union Fail: Walmart Survives Labor-Driven Intimidation Campaign

    November 26, 2012
    Well, that was pitiful.

    Union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart had planned a massive nationwide strike/protest campaign against the retail giant designed specifically to hurt the company on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

    Instead, according to David Tovar, Walmart's vice president of corporate communications, the company had its "best Black Friday ever" and that, instead of its workers walking off the job en masse, employee absenteeism actually was down 60 percent from last year.

    Sure, there were scattered strikes and protests at some Walmart stores on the day after Thanksgiving. But as...

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