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  • Labor Officials Dragging Feet on Union Financial Transparency

    February 28, 2019
    The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), a division within the Department of Labor (DOL), has been generally inactive during the Trump administration, an unfortunate reality given the importance of the sub-agency’s mission: promote union democracy and financial integrity in labor unions.
  • Unions Defend Job-Killing Regulation

    February 14, 2019
    A holdover Obama regulation is costing businesses billions of dollars and workers millions of job opportunities. A survey conducted by the International Franchise Association found that the Obama joint-employer standard already costs businesses between $17 billion and $33.3 billion annually. It also represents a roadblock to job creation, with between 194,000 and 376,000 potential jobs eliminated.
  • Amazon under Pressure to Accept Union

    February 6, 2019
    This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Amazon employees should unionize, and that the company should welcome losing a direct line of communication to their employees. Mayor Blasio also mentioned that labor policy was not discussed when he was wooing Amazon to New York City, but he felt “strongly if they came here, the pressure to unionize deeply would win the day.”
  • Oregon Introduces Taxpayer-Funded Union Subsidy

    January 24, 2019
    Earlier this week, I took a look at legislation that has been enacted to undercut the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Janus v. AFSCME. Unfortunately, state legislatures are just getting started. Today, I’ll examine a bill introduced in Oregon.
  • In Aftermath of 'Janus' Decision, Blue States Push Pro-Union Bills

    January 22, 2019
    Prior to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, government unions were already devising ways to keep members and dues flowing. In a previous post, I discussed some of the ideas that the National Education Association put forth to lessen the impact of a potential Supreme Court decision that ruled forced union dues unconstitutional.
  • Time to Restore Traditional Joint-Employer Standard

    January 15, 2019
    This week the public comment period closes in regards to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rule to modify the standard for joint employment. This concept determines when multiple employers are considered one for the purposes of collective bargaining and liable for unfair labor practices under the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Teachers Paid to Walk Off the Job?

    January 15, 2019
    The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have broken down. UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl called the contract offer from the school district “unacceptable.”
  • Year in Review 2018: Labor and Employment

    December 20, 2018
    There was a mix of good and bad news in the labor and employment policy space in 2018. A tremendous gain was made in the public sector. Yet inaction ruled the day in the private sector.
  • New Joint Employer Rule Means More Jobs, Not Lower Wages

    December 11, 2018
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is in the process of implementing a regulation that would restore the traditional standard for when a worker is considered to be “jointly” employed by more than one entity. On September 13, the NLRB issued a proposed rule under which “an employer may be found to be a joint-employer of another employer’s employees only if it possesses and exercises substantial, direct and immediate control over the essential terms and conditions of employment and has done so in a manner that is not limited and routine.”
  • Massachusetts Teachers Union Dues Do Not 'Stay Local'

    November 15, 2018
    Labor unions like to promote the narrative that dues payments stay local. If you peruse union websites, a consistent message appears that reads something like this: “Most of your dues stay with your local union in order to fund activities that give workers more power at the bargaining table, in the statehouse and in the community.” Unions use the “dues stay local” slogan as a selling point during organizing campaigns and to recruit new members.

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