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  • Judge Strikes Down Trump Executive Orders on Federal Employment

    August 28, 2018

    In a lengthy decision, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia effectively struck down a package of executive orders issued by President Trump that sought to ensure the efficient administration of public business. All that remains of the orders are broad policy statements that do not hold the force of law or provisions not challenged by labor unions. It is a near certainty that the Department of Justice will appeal this decision.

  • Republicans Must Take Back Control of National Labor Relations Board

    August 22, 2018

    Since Republicans reclaimed the majority at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Democrats and unions have been conducting an obstruction campaign against the Board by lobbing baseless ethics complaints and calling for Republican members to recuse themselves from cases. This is a transparent attempt by Democrats to block the agency from restoring longstanding precedent that was upended during the Obama administration. The goal is to run out the clock until the next presidential election. The most recent example of obstruction involves a settlement agreement between McDonald’s and the NLRB.

  • Celebrate National Employee Freedom Week 2018

    August 20, 2018

    Every worker should be able to decide whether union membership is right for them. And workers who do not want union representation should be able to negotiate directly with their employer. These principles are celebrated every year during National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), which runs from August 19-25. During this week, over 100 organizations promote pro-worker freedom reforms and educate workers on their rights.

  • National Labor Relations Board Recusal Ruse Continues

    August 16, 2018

    Since a Republican majority was installed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor unions and Democrats in Congress have lobbed baseless conflict of interest claims at members of the Board. This is a transparent effort to block the NLRB from issuing decisions that overturn Obama-era policies.

  • End Union Medicaid Dues Skim

    August 13, 2018

    Every Medicaid dollar is statutorily required to directly fund care for the elderly or disabled. This requirement is known as the “direct payment requirement.” Congress, in enacting the Social Security Act, which created the Medicaid program, created narrow exceptions to this condition including sending Medicaid payments to governmental agencies or pursuant to an order of a court. 

  • Setback in Missouri Won't Stop Worker Freedom Momentum

    August 9, 2018

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to beat his chest on Big Labor’s victory in striking down right-to-work legislation in Missouri. It was an overwhelming victory, certainly, with voters striking down the ballot measure by a 2-1 margin. Trumka called the win an “incredible display of the labor movement’s capacity to win change.” Going on to say that “Tuesday’s victory was a high point in a defining year for workers. With this win under our belt, we’re setting our sights on November.”

  • Right to Work Is Right for Missouri

    August 7, 2018

    Private-sector workers in states without right to work laws can still be forced to pay fees to a union they vehemently disagree with, even as their public sector counterparts were freed from paying forced union dues by the Supreme Court in June.  

  • Employee Rights Act Strengthens Worker Choice

    July 31, 2018

    Public employees are no longer required to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. This newfound freedom was secured by the United States Supreme Court decision this summer in Janus v. AFSCME. The court ruled that forcing public employees to fund union speech they disagree with violates their First Amendment rights.

  • Federal Employees Fight to Keep No-Show Jobs in Union Lawsuit

    July 27, 2018

    Federal employee unions and the Trump administration sparred in court over a set of executive orders that make changes to official time and grievance procedures on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson heard oral argument yesterday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In conjunction with the oral argument, federal employee unions held protests across the country.

  • Priorities for DOL's Office of Labor-Management Standards

    July 9, 2018

    The Trump administration recently installed Arthur Rosenfeld as the head of the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), which administers and enforces the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The LMRDA was enacted to ensure union leaders are accountable to their members. Now, with the vacancy at the OLMS filled, here is shortlist of priorities the sub-agency should seek to accomplish.


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