Peter Robb: NLRB’s New General Counsel

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

The Senate voted on November 8, 2017, to confirm Peter Robb as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The vote was 49 to 46.

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Rauner’s Veto Saves Local Right to Work

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Permalink

General Assembly fails to override veto again

On November 7, 2017, the Illinois General Assembly failed a second time to override Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s September 29th veto of the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (Senate Bill 1905).

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How Right To Work Laws Are Making Inroads Even In Blue States

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Permalink

Patrick Gleason, Director of State Affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, had an article published in Forbes on November 6, 2017, about local Right to Work in Delaware and New Mexico:

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Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Worker Freedom Urge Sussex County Council in Delaware to Pass Right to Work

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Permalink

Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) released a letter to the members of the Sussex County Council supporting local Right to Work in Delaware.

Right to Work in Sussex County would restore the First Amendment rights of workers and allow them to choose whether to join a union or not. In addition, it would promote economic growth.

Because Right to Work is critical to protecting the rights of workers and economic growth, ATR and CWF urge members of the Council to vote for it.

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You too, SEIU?

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Permalink

Sexual harassment pervades union

On October 23, 2017, Scott Courtney resigned as executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The resignation came after SEIU President Mary Kay Henry suspended him following an investigation about possible nepotism and sexual misconduct by Courtney.

SEIU spokeswoman Sahar Wali said:

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Keep Missouri Right to Work!

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Permalink

On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters will have the opportunity to reaffirm their support for Right to Work in their state.

Governor Eric Greitens signed Right to Work into law on February 6, 2017, after the House passed the bill on February 2nd with a 100-59 vote. The Senate had passed the legislation on January 25th 21-12.

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CWF, ATR Join Coalition Urging Repeal of Davis-Bacon Act Expansion

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Permalink

On March 22, 2013, the Department of Labor expanded the Davis-Bacon Act by issuing All Agency Memorandum (AAM) 212. AAM-212 added professional survey crews to those subject to the Act. This regulation was issued without outreach to the public, the professional surveying community or legislators.

Today, however, Secretary R. Alexander Acosta is leading the Department of Labor, and he can repeal the memorandum.

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Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Worker Freedom Urge Congress to Pass the Employee Rights Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Permalink

Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) released a letter to Congress supporting the Employee Rights Act.

The Employee Rights Act would guarantee a secret-ballot vote in union representation elections, require unions to regularly run for re-certification, and forbid union bosses from spending dues on politics without the consent of the workers, among other reforms.

This legislation is critical for protecting the rights of workers, and ATR and CWF urge Members of Congress to vote for the Act.

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For Jobs and Freedom

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Permalink

Delaware and New Mexico Counties Introduce RTW

On Tuesday, Councilman Rob Arlett introduced a local Right-to-Work ordinance in Sussex County, Delaware.

Local Right to Work allows counties and other local governments to pass Right-to-Work laws in their jurisdictions.

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10,000 Minnesota Homecare Workers Reject the SEIU

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Permalink

On September 28th, personal homecare workers in Minnesota held a press conference and turned more than 10,000 signatures into the office of Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) in an effort to decertify the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union that claims to represent them.

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ATR and CWF Support the Save Local Business Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Permalink

Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom on Tuesday joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and 26 other free market groups in supporting the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441).

The free market groups sent a letter to Members of Congress, urging them to pass this bill, which is sponsored by Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and co-sponsored by 95 Representatives.

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Supreme Court: Stop the First Amendment Violations!

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Permalink

The Supreme Court takes up the Janus case on state employees and agency fees

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME. This case will decide whether state employees who choose not to join a union can still be forced to pay agency fees to that union. Agency fees are the purported costs that the union determines are for collective bargaining purposes and not for political uses.

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Making the NLRB Great Again

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Permalink

Republicans gain control of the NLRB with Emanuel confirmation

On September 25, 2017, the Senate voted 49 to 47 along party lines to confirm William J. Emanuel as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), making it the first time the Board has had all five seats filled since 2015.

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More than 2 Years Later: Gerawan Workers are Still Fighting

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 9:12 am - Permalink

The ALRB has refused to count their votes

By Olivia Grady

On September 5, 2017, hundreds of Gerawan farmworkers protested in front of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Pick Justice, a group of citizens concerned about the rights of workers, organized the rally for 9am.

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Home Care Workers and 40 Years of Union Meddling

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Permalink

Eleven states have already passed laws allowing unions to unionize home healthcare workers.

Why?

Home healthcare workers are individuals, usually family members, who take care of people with disabilities and other serious health problems. In some states, the workers receive a small Medicaid payment in exchange for their services so that those in need can live in their own homes, instead of in government-run facilities.

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Heritage Event: More Worker Freedom in the Future Likely

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 11:58 am - Permalink

On August 24, 2017, the Heritage Foundation hosted an event titled, “Protecting Public Employees’ First Amendment Rights: Major Cases Challenging ‘Abood’” as part of National Employee Freedom Week. Dr. David Kreutzer, Senior Research Fellow of Labor Markets and Trade at Heritage, moderated the event.

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