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  • New Mexico Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Union Business

    January 15, 2020
    Under the practice known as union release time, public employees are allowed to conduct union business during work hours at taxpayer expense.
  • Year in Review 2019: Labor and Employment

    December 20, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute had a busy year in the labor and employment space. Much of the work focused on expanding worker freedom, ending wasteful subsidies, and promoting individuals’ right to earn a living. Below are selected examples of CEI’s work to promote employee freedom of choice and flexible work arrangements.
  • National Labor Relations Board Attack on McDonald’s Finally Over

    December 13, 2019
    A major holdover case from the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which acted as the litigation arm of organized labor, is finally resolved. On December 12, the NLRB approved a settlement with McDonald’s USA LLC. The settlement puts to bed a case brought by the Fight for $15 that alleged McDonald’s was a “joint employer” with a number of franchisees and was responsible for the separate business’s labor violations.
  • How Kentucky Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Union Business

    December 11, 2019
    As taxpayers, we trust our locally elected officials to act as fiduciaries of our hard-earned dollars. However, it is well documented that the government frequently fritters away tax dollars on activity that serves no public purpose.
  • Labor Relations Chief Corrects Record on 'Joint Employer' Rule

    October 8, 2019
    Chairman John Ring delivered the latest salvo in response to the manufactured “scandal” at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Democrats, with help from the NLRB inspector general, have improperly accused members of the board of bogus conflicts of interest that have impeded the policymaking ability of the agency. These attacks are political, and have no factual basis.
  • Priorities for Department of Labor's New Secretary

    October 2, 2019
    On September 30th, Eugene Scalia was sworn in as the 28th Secretary of Labor. Last week, the Senate confirmed Scalia on a 53-44 vote. With about 15 months left in President Trump’s term, here are few actions the Labor Department can take to increase union financial transparency, cut down on federal construction costs, and study the impact of wage and hour laws.
  • California to Eliminate Independent Work 

    September 11, 2019
    Late Tuesday evening, the California legislature passed controversial legislation that would codify a state Supreme Court decision, which adopted a flawed test that effectively prohibits companies from doing business with independent contractors and restricts individuals’ ability to earn a living as an independent contractor.
  • Union Wish List Bill Would Harm Workers and the Economy

    August 27, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a report that analyzes the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2474), which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on in September. The bill overhauls labor relations law and tilts the playing field in favor of unions without regard to the negative consequences on workers, employers, and the economy.
  • PRO Act Undermines Employee Choice

    August 19, 2019
    Democrats in Congress introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act with the state goal of strengthening union power and increasing union membership, which is near all-time lows. But to produce such a result, the rights of workers during union organizing campaigns are curtailed.
  • Greater Financial Transparency Could Prevent Next Union Scandal

    July 29, 2019
    Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation served indictments to several high level United Auto Workers (UAW) officials, some of who have already pleaded guilty or were convicted, for pilfering millions of dollars that were earmarked to train union members.

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