Surprise!: Higher Minimum Wage = Fewer Jobs

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 9:05 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

Many politicians and union leaders advocate for higher minimum wages, saying that this policy will help low-income workers. Unfortunately, a higher minimum wage hurts the people it is supposed to help by reducing their hours or eliminating their jobs entirely.

For example, in June 2017, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper called “Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle.”

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Jeff Sessions: Minnesota Scam Deserves Your Attention

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On July 13, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that state officials had charged more than 400 people across the country with health care fraud and opioid scams as part of a Department of Justice and state effort to crack down on this type of theft.

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The ‘Union’ and the Restless

Posted by Abby Streu on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Permalink

Gold-Digging, Union-Style

By Abby Streu

If you happened to miss the latest episode of your favorite soap opera, don’t fret. The most recent scandal involving United Autoworkers (UAW) will provide you a drama-fix.

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Unions Can’t Turn Water into Wine. Or Raises.

Posted by Abby Streu on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 9:45 am - Permalink

By Abby Streu

What happens when union negotiators demand money that isn’t there?  Take, for example, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 in Springfield, IL.

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Minneapolis: Trying to Outdo Seattle

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On June 30, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a $15 per hour minimum wage for the city with five to seven years for businesses to comply. The minimum wage applies to most workers, including those who earn tips.

Restaurant workers who earn tips and restaurant owners fought this rule. A restaurant industry group actually found that the average hourly pay for servers at 72 restaurants was $28.56. The association published the study to try to exempt workers who earn tips.

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Teachers’ Unions: The Barrier to Education Reform

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 9:46 am - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On July 20, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.

ALEC is:

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Budget Cuts Coming to Labor?

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

Funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) comes from the federal government’s budget—also known as the pockets of taxpayers and quite a few imaginary dollars (hence our ever-increasing debt).

In July 2017, the House of Representatives released the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) funding approvals from a couple of appropriation subcommittees, including the one that dictates labor funding.

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Local Right-to-Work: Clovis versus Kentucky

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

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OSC Report Exposes Illegal Use of USPS Employees

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Report titled “Report of Hatch Act Investigation: Facilitating Labor Union’s Political Activity Through Use of ‘Union Official’ Leave Without Pay.”

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When Nurses Strike, Patients Suffer

Posted by Abby Streu on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 9:36 am - Permalink

By Abby Streu

The healthcare industry is in a volatile state.

Americans are at odds over rising healthcare costs. Some say single-payer would remedy the situation; others favor the free-market solution. Regardless of one’s stance, it’s obvious the general public is concerned for the well-being of patients.

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CWF in The New Yorker

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was featured in The New Yorker in its July 24, 2017 issue.  The article discusses Patterson’s work in Colorado during the 2016 election in support of President Trump and his work for the Center, specifically helping Volkswagen workers defeat the union:

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Union Sabotages NYC Airports

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

On August 3, 1981, 7000 domestic flights were cancelled at airports across the nation.

Multiply that number by however many people were supposed to travel in each of those airplanes, and you get a large group of unhappy consumers. Such a large number of cancelled flights has a domino effect in the universe—businessmen can’t get to cross-country meetings, expensive vacations are lost, parents aren’t able to make it home to see their children.

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UAW Calls for Election in Mississippi

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Permalink

Nissan workers will decide the fate of their jobs

By Olivia Grady

On July 10, 2017, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union filed for a representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the Canton, Mississippi Nissan plant. The workers are requesting an election on July 31st and August 1st on whether all Nissan production and maintenance workers at the Mississippi plant should be unionized, but the UAW’s current complaints about Nissan before the NLRB may postpone the election.

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Bad Seeds

Posted by Abby Streu on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:53 am - Permalink

Organized Labor was Rotten from the Beginning

By Abby Streu

Many people think the corrupt national union as we know it today did not magically appear overnight. Or did it?

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Labor Unions Fund Infanticide in Delaware

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 9:57 am - Permalink

By Abby Streu

It’s no secret that labor unions donate money to political candidates.

According to the Wall Street Journal, from January 2015 to October 2016, unions spent somewhere around $108 million on campaign activities. Approximately 85 percent of that went to Democrats.

But do people think about what that money is enabling?

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A Charity for Unions: What is the Peggy Browning Fund?

Posted by Abby Streu on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

Named after Margaret Browning, a deceased labor attorney and National Labor Relations Board member, the Peggy Browning Fund is a Philadelphia based non-profit that promotes young law students interested in labor law by providing them with fellowships in the labor field.

Most of the fellowships provided by the charity are in the legal departments of well-known unions, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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