July 6, 2018
If the Trump administration wants to achieve its stated goal to use tax dollars as effectively as possible, ending the practice known as official time, which allows unionized government employees to perform union business while being paid by taxpayers, should be high on its to-do list.
July 5, 2018
Despite union hysterics, the Supreme Court's Janus decision does not impede or prohibit public employees’ right to unionize or collectively bargain. Instead, government unions will simply have to compete for membership and funding like every other membership-based organization. But Democrats in Congress are seeking to undermine the decision via legislation.
June 15, 2018
Lawmakers have made little to no progress during the 115th Congress to improve labor and employment policy. U.S. labor law is outdated and in need of modernization. In December 2016, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released its “Agenda for Congress” outlining several opportunities to update labor law in order to increase worker choice and flexibility and remove onerous burdens on job creators.
June 8, 2018
A growing economy helps all workers, both those in the sharing economy and those in traditional employment, as new federal employment data bear out.
June 1, 2018
A group of Democratic senators recently took issue with the National Labor Relations Board’s announcement it may initiate a notice and comment rulemaking to clarify the definition of joint employer liability standards. On May 29, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to NLRB Chairman John Ring that expressed concerns that the agency is issuing a regulation on joint employer standards “in order to evade the ethical restrictions that apply to adjudications.”
May 24, 2018
Today the House Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing entitled “Union Time on the People’s Dime: A Closer Look at Official Time.” The purpose of the hearing was to review problems with the practice of official time, which grants federal employees paid time off to perform union business at the taxpayers’ expense. In addition, to discuss potential legislative reforms to official time.
May 18, 2018
Renowned labor expert and Harvard professor Benjamin Sachs argues over at OnLabor.org that he's had enough with what he calls the “flexibility trope” of worker classification and job flexibility.
May 17, 2018
Federal employee unions enjoy a government subsidy known as “official time” that enables union members to perform union duties while being paid by the taxpayer. During the Obama administration, the costs of the subsidy were rarely reported. At the end of Obama’s presidency, the latest available official time data was from fiscal year 2014.
May 11, 2018
On March 28, 2018, the Competitive Enterprise Institute sent a letter to the National Labor Relations Board Office of Inspector General to investigate NLRB member Mark Gaston Pearce for improperly disclosing internal Board deliberations. As stated in CEI’s letter requesting an investigation, such disclosure of information appears to violate Board regulation 29 C.F.R. 102.118(a), which states that “no present or former employee or specially designated agent of the Agency will produce or present any files, documents, reports, memoranda, or records of the Board or of the General Counsel…without the written consent of the Board or the Chairman of the Board.”
April 30, 2018
It is well known that Americans do not adequately save for retirement. As such, it is crucial that every dollar American workers put away for retirement is invested with the goal of seeking to maximize return, not achieve a collateral goal.