Saving Jobs: Trump Succeeds Where Unions Fail

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On February 10, 2016, Carrier Corporation, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, announced that it was moving production of an Indianapolis, Indiana factory to Monterrey, Mexico. The result would have been a loss of 1,400 American jobs.

Leaders from the United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the Carrier employees, attempted to persuade the company not to move, but was unsuccessful.

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SEIU Texas: Out of Service

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Texas or SEIU Local 5 began organizing janitors in Houston about 10 years ago in order to expand its membership and was successful with five businesses. Professional Janitorial Service of Houston, Inc. (PJS) however refused in 2006 to recognize the union unless more than half of its employees voted for the union in a secret-ballot election.

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A Secretary of Laborers, Not Unions

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

President-elect Donald Trump has made sixteen Cabinet and Senior White House Official choices so far, including Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, who teachers’ unions have strongly criticized for her support of School Choice.

One Cabinet post for whom the President-elect has not settled on a nominee is Secretary of Labor.

Given his excellent choice for Secretary of Education, the next Secretary of Labor will likely similarly promote policies that help workers, not labor bosses.

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Double Jeopardy for Joint Employer

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Browning-Ferris is a waste recycling facility in a small city in California that contracted with job placement agency Leadpoint to staff part of its facility and provide human resources. Browning-Ferris however had the ultimate authority to fire an employee, and Leadpoint was required to follow Browning-Ferris guidelines on who to hire, working hours, wages, etc.

This arrangement of a couple of hundred employees surprisingly led to one of the worst decisions by the politically appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Union Bosses Chastise Members for Voting Trump

Posted by Matthew Benzmiller on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Permalink

By Matthew Benzmiller

Union leaders were upset at the revelation that many union members voted for Donald Trump and not their favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.

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Black Friday Protests Turn Turkey

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Black Friday protests in past years have been held at hundreds of Walmarts across the United States, and unions even claimed in 2014 to host protests at 1,600 places.

The protests on Black Friday, November 25, 2016, however were much smaller this year. There were smaller protests in New York, Seattle and Chicago, but the Walmart protests were gone.

Why?

The unions were just not as involved.

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Ding-Dong! The Overtime Rule is (likely) Dead

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily stopping the Obama administration overtime rule from going into effect.

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UPDATE: O'Hare Workers Delay Strike Until After Thanksgiving

Posted by Matthew Benzmiller on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 11:49 am - Permalink

By Matthew Benzmiller

Workers at the O'Hare International Airport have decided to delay their strike that was originally going to be before and during Thanksgiving

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You’re Fired: Trump Plans Changes to Federal Workforce

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 11:20 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

President-elect Donald Trump won the presidential election in large part because he offered change. Americans were tired of the crony capitalism, corruption, do-nothing government bureaucrats and the DC arrogance.

Trump has a plan for all these problems, most particularly for government bureaucrats.

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Olivia Grady on Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in Forbes on November 20, 2016, about the Sixth Circuit upholding Kentucky’s Right-to-Work ordinance:

Thunderclaps have an echo; the bigger the boom, the bigger the reverberation.

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O’Hare Union Plans to Leave Travelers Stranded

Posted by Matthew Benzmiller on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Permalink

By Matthew Benzmiller

Hundreds of workers at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago have threatened to strike during one of the peak periods of holiday travel, Thanksgiving week

They claim that they are not trying to halt airport operations, but to slow them and make their demands be heard for a $15 wage and better working conditions.

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Lessons in Lunacy

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Permalink

Teachers' union vs free speech and political diversity

By Olivia Grady

On November 10, 2016, the United Educators of San Francisco, a union of San Francisco public school teachers, released a statement called “Moving Forward After the Election.”

The statement first praised the anti-Trump protests that had broken out after the election and claimed that everyone was less safe as a result of Mr. Trump's electoral victory:

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Court Strikes Blow for Local Right-to-Work

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Permalink

Sixth Circuit upholds Kentucky county RTW ordinance

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2016

Washington, DC - On November 18th, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Hardin County Kentucky’s local right-to-work ordinance.

Hardin was one of a dozen Kentucky counties which passed right-to-work ordinances from December 2014 to May 2015. Right-to-work laws allow workers to opt out of union membership and dues.

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United Trump Workers?

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 11:46 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

At a November 10th press conference in Detroit about the election, United Auto Workers’ (UAW) President Dennis Williams said that he wants to meet with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss trade deals.  

His particular focus is overturning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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How Did Worker Freedom Fare on Election Night?

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Permalink
 By Olivia Grady
 
Right-to-work measures were on the ballot in three states on Election Day, 2016. And it prevailed in two of them.
 
In South Dakota, unions secretly attempted to overturn right to work with Measure 23.  The proposed law read: 
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Unions, Environmentalists Clash Over Dakota Pipeline

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 9:53 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Energy Transfer Partners started its project in 2014 to build the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The pipeline would carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day from western North Dakota to Illinois. The company says the project will help the local economy and create 8,000 – 12,000 construction jobs.

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