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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Advancing Freedom: Florida Passes Union Recertification Bill

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Permalink

On March 11, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed HB 7055 into law, changing collective bargaining between school districts and unions. The House version passed on March 5th with a vote of 74 to 39 after amendment, while the Senate voted 20 to 17 to approve the amended version on March 5th as well.

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ATR, CWF Support Including Joint Employer Fix in the 2018 Spending Bill

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Permalink

On November 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. The legislation was introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) on July 27, 2017 and had bipartisan support.

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NLRB Vacates its Joint Employer Ruling

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Permalink

On February 26, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacated its December 14, 2017 decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. And Brandt Construction Co. The December decision overturned the Browning-Ferris case, which greatly expanded the legal liability of franchisors, like McDonald’s. 

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Janus v. AFSCME: Worker Freedom for Government Workers

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Permalink

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME this coming Monday on February 26, 2018!

To learn more about this important case on worker freedom, check out the Competitive Enterprise Institute's video: https://cei.org/blog/dues-and-donts-government-union-life

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Tomorrow: Senate HELP votes on Ring for NLRB

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Permalink

On February 7, 2018, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee would vote on President Trump’s nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on February 14th. President Trump nominated John Ring for this position on January 12, 2018, to replace Chairman Philip Miscimarra, whose term ended on December 16, 2017.

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