2018 Labor Liberty Indicator

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Permalink

Since the release of the 2017 Labor Liberty Indicator, workers have even greater worker freedom.

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME. This case gave worker freedom to all public employees. No longer will workers be forced to support a union that they choose not to be a member of. 

In addition, there have been tremendous gains in local right to work in New Mexico. Eight New Mexico counties have passed local right to work.

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Missouri: Vote “Yes” on Prop A

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 11:27 am - Permalink

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide whether to support the right-to-work law that the Missouri legislature passed last year or not.

Before voting, Missouri voters should know how important right to work is to their freedom and economic prosperity.

Despite what unions might say, right to work merely allows workers to decide for themselves whether they want to pay union fees or not. With right to work, workers are still able to organize and join a union, but they are not forced to support that union.

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CWF Supports the Employee Rights Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Permalink

Yesterday, Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced the Employee Rights Act of 2018 (H.R. 6544). The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).

The Center for Worker Freedom supports the Employee Rights Act because it protects workers through three ways: secret ballot elections, opt-in requirements and union recertification.

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CWF Applauds DOL for its Rescission of the Persuader Rule

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Permalink

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor rescinded the 2016 persuader rule.

The persuader rule that President Obama’s Department of Labor issued greatly expanded the reporting requirements of employers. Under this 2016 rule, employers were forced to report to the government communications between their lawyers and themselves on union organizing efforts. Employers were also still required to report communications between the employers’ lawyers and employees on union organizing efforts.

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Janus v. AFSCME: A Triumph for Worker Freedom

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at 9:21 am - Permalink
On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision ruled in favor of Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the State of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion.
 
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New Freedoms for Missouri Government Workers

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Permalink

On June 1, 2018, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Missouri House Bill 1413 into law. The Missouri Senate had passed the bill on May 16 with a vote of 21 to 11, while the Missouri House voted 101 to 42 the next day to pass the bill with Senate Amendments.

The bill first prohibits union dues and agency fees from being withheld from workers’ paychecks without an annual written or electronic authorization from each worker.

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ATR, CWF Applaud DOL’s New Rule on Small Business Health Plans

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Permalink

Today, the Department of Labor announced a new rule on Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans (AHPs).

The new rule allows small businesses and sole proprietors to join together to provide more affordable health insurance for their employees and themselves.

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Another Tax Reform Win: Jobs Report Trumps Predictions

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, June 1st, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Permalink

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly labor report for the month of May. 

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ATR, CWF Applaud President Trump on Civil Service Reform

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Permalink

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders aimed at reforming the civil service and supporting American taxpayers.

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The Left Thanks Unions for Their Support

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Permalink

On May 18, 2018, the Center for Union Facts released a new report on how much money unions spent on liberal advocacy groups from 2010 – 2017. According to their new research, unions spent more than $1.3 billion in member dues on liberal causes.

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ATR, CWF Support NLRB Rulemaking on Joint Employer

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Permalink

Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom applaud the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to consider rulemaking to clarify the joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Choose RTW States for Less Poverty and More Economic Opportunity

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 11:17 am - Permalink

Unions have advocated for years that wages are 3% higher in forced-unionism states than in Right-to-Work states. However, on September 1, 2015, James Sherk, formerly of the Heritage Foundation, released a report, which found that Right to Work doesn’t lower private-sector pay when differences in cost-of-living are accounted for.

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New DOL Wage and Hour Opinion Letters Bring Clarity

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 11:42 am - Permalink

On April 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued three new wage and hour opinion letters.

The letters address compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws.

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Congratulations to Patrick Pizzella and John Ring!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Permalink

The U.S. Senate voted this week to confirm both Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary at the Department of Labor and John Ring to be Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board. The Center for Worker Freedom applauds the U.S. Senate for voting for these highly qualified worker freedom advocates.

We look forward to fewer burdensome regulations, allowing both employer and employees to thrive.

We join these leaders in their congratulations:

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ATR and CWF Support Pizzella and Ring Confirmation

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Permalink

Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) released a letter to the U.S. Senate, urging Senators to vote for Patrick Pizzella for Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor and John Ring for Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

[The letter can be found here]

As the letter says, both men have extensive experience and are strong advocates for worker freedom. Because they are strong nominees, the U.S. Senate should confirm both men.

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ATR, CWF Urge Senate Confirmation of Pizzella and Ring

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Permalink

The U.S. Senate will soon have the opportunity to confirm two of President Donald Trump’s terrific nominees since Senator McConnell filed cloture on these two on March 22nd. Because of their experience and commitment to worker freedom, Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom strongly urge the U.S. Senate to vote for these men.

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