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  • Brief Filed to Supreme Court in Forced Union Dues Case

    December 1, 2017

    A landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court could free millions of public-sector unions from paying fees to a union as a condition of employment.

    The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, representing the plaintiff, filed its brief this week in Janus v...

  • What to Expect from the Department of Labor

    November 15, 2017

    Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has made a much needed course correction at the Department of Labor (DOL). During the past administration, federal regulators consistently issued costly rules, overreached their authority, and were slapped down by the courts. Now, the agency’s focus is to repeal regulation that “impinges on liberty,” as Acosta recently remarked.

    Thus far, Acosta’s actions and public statements have focused on deregulation and job creation. At the start of his tenure, the DOL rescinded Administrator’s Interpretations relating to independent contractors and joint employer liability. This...

  • A New Day in Labor-Management Relations

    October 31, 2017

    There may never have been a more partisan National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) than during the Obama administration. During Obama’s tenure, the agency in charge of governing labor-relations in the private-sector upended 4,559 years of precedent. Nearly every decision made by...
  • How Government Unions Plan to Keep Members and Dues Flowing After Janus

    October 27, 2017

    Government unions are preparing for a world where they can no longer force non-members to pay dues in the public sector.

    That is because a case before the United States Supreme Court, Janus v AFSCME Council 31, could end the practice of unions charging fees to public employees who are not members. This is obviously troubling to labor unions. Currently, in states that permit agency fees, government unions do not have to worry about providing representation to bargaining unit employees that they would voluntarily pay for.

    But one of the most powerful public-sector unions has released a list of tweaks to collective bargaining agreements that can keep membership rolls and dues stable. Over at ...

  • Illinois Outlaws Local Worker Freedom Laws

    October 25, 2017

    Employers in Illinois really didn’t need another reason to bypass or move out of the state, but the legislature gave them one. On October 24, 2017, state senators voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation that would prohibit local right-to-work laws.

    Right-to-work laws  give workers the freedom to opt out of paying dues to a union they do not support. It is commonsense policy that has been adopted in a majority of states, including all of Illinois’ neighbors. Many businesses consider a state’s right-to-work status when deciding where to locate a new facility....

  • Time to Eliminate Hidden Taxpayer Support of Union Activities

    October 23, 2017

    Tax dollars should exclusively support the public’s business. But a Mackinac Center for Public Policy open records request show this is not the case in Michigan. According to the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s response to the records request, “Michigan is paying 20 state employees annual salaries totaling more than $1.2 million to do union work on a full-time basis.”

    More than just these 20 employees use release time. Some only spend part of their day on union activities rather than state work.

    Worse, this wasteful practice is not limited to state employees. Another $3 million of taxpayer dollars are frittered away by Michigan school districts, by allowing about 100 employees to conduct union...

  • Joint Employer Deception from Democrats

    October 10, 2017

    Democrats frequently purport that the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) change to the definition of joint employment is no big deal. It won’t destroy business to business relationships or jobs, they tell us. This is in spite of numerous job creators who have testified before Congress that because of the rule their business will “...
  • Small Business Needs Relief from Federal 'Joint Employer' Scheme

    October 4, 2017

    Small business owners create a majority of net new jobs, and their investment provides opportunity to their local community. Running an independent business is hard work; they...
  • Executive Order Disbands National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations

    October 3, 2017

    Many view public sector unionism as an inappropriate delegation of power to a private entity. Instead of duly elected officials controlling the cost, effectiveness, and availability of public services, government representatives are forced to bargain with unions over workplace conditions.

    State and local government unions may bargain over a wider breadth of...

  • Crafting a Sensible Overtime Rule

    September 26, 2017

    Last month, the Eastern Texas District Court invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule. In a stinging rebuke, the judge ruled the Department of Labor (DOL) regulation set the overtime salary threshold so high at $47,476, a one hundred percent increase from the previous...


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