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  • Long Wait for Worker Freedom Finally Ends for Airline, Rail Employees

    July 26, 2019
    It is a banner day for employee choice. For the first time, airline and railroad workers have a direct path to remove an unwanted union.
  • 'Raise the Wage Act' Would Reduce Family Incomes, Increases Unemployment

    July 17, 2019
    Democrats view raising the minimum wage as a way to show they are are better for working-class Americans than Republicans. But no matter how high government sets the minimum wage, the fact remains that only people who are actually employed earn wages.
  • Priorities for New Leadership at Department of Labor

    July 12, 2019
    There is a new sheriff in town at the Department of Labor. After Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned today from his post, President Trump announced that Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will become Acting Secretary of Labor.
  • State Legislatures Seek to Undermine 'Janus' Decision

    June 27, 2019
    Labor unions continue to deny the First Amendment rights of public employees despite the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which ruled one year ago that non-union workers cannot be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Many public employees that want to drop their membership have found it can be exceedingly difficult to do so.
  • Post-'Janus', Unions Continue Undermining Public Workers' First Amendment Rights

    June 24, 2019
    It has been nearly one year since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the First Amendment rights of public employees, but many members are still having difficulties exercising these new rights. In the landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision, public employees who are not members of a union can no longer be forced to pay agency fees, better known as forced union dues, as a condition of employment.
  • Democrats' Criticism of Department of Labor Overtime Rule Misguided

    June 13, 2019
    Overtime regulation has been a hot topic since the Obama administration proposed and finalized a rule that radically overhauled such requirements. Before this rule, which raised the salary threshold for overtime eligible employees from $23,660 to $47,892, took effect it was struck down by a federal district court in 2017.
  • Regulators Find Uber Drivers to Be Independent Contractors

    May 15, 2019
    Determining the proper legal worker classification for an individual has become an arduous task. A major reason for the difficulty is a patchwork of federal and state laws that define the term employee and therefore independent contractor differently. More than ten different tests are applied among federal agencies and courts for defining the term employee.
  • Hearing Discusses Boosting Union Coercive Powers

    May 9, 2019
    Democrats in Congress are pushing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act H.R. 2474, which seeks to strip workers of long-held protections and bolster the coercive power of labor unions. On May 8th, the House Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing to discuss this union wish list bill.
  • Trump Administration Ends Homecare Providers Dues Skim

    May 7, 2019
    Since 2000, state governments have diverted $1.4 billion from homecare providers and handed it to labor unions, according to the Freedom Foundation. For over a decade, states automatically deducted union dues payments from Medicaid payments intended for homecare providers who care for the elderly or disabled. Worse, most homecare providers care for family members on Medicaid. No one should be forced to fund a union when simply caring for a loved one.
  • House Democrats Introduce Union Gift Bag Bill

    May 3, 2019
    The Protecting Workers’ Right to Organize (PRO) Act puts the interests of labor unions over workers. Each provision of the bill either grants unions greater coercive powers, restricts worker choice, or increases the likelihood of industrial strife.

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