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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ATR and CWF Support the Employee Rights Act

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 10:20 am - Permalink


Americans for Tax Reform and The Center for Worker Freedom

Support The Employee Rights Act (ERA)

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The Other Big Hearings This Week: ATC Reform Hearings Bring Tension Before Comey Hearing

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

While the Comey hearing has gotten most of the attention this week in Washington, there were two other important hearings on air traffic control reform.

On June 7, 2017, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. The hearing was called “FAA Reauthorization: Administration Perspectives.”

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Trump Begins Infrastructure Push With Air Traffic Proposal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump gave remarks from the White House outlining his principles to Congress for “modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.”

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:19 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in Forbes on June 5, 2017, about how withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord saved union jobs:

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburg, not Paris,” President Trump intoned from the Rose Garden on June 1 as he announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. 

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CEO Pay vs. Union Pay

Posted by Olivia Grady on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On May 26, 2017, Luka Ladan’s article, “No, CEOs don’t make 347 times more than American Workers,” was published in the Washington Examiner.

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CA Nurses' Union vs Reality

Posted by Abby Streu on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

On March 30, 2017, Healthy California, or SB 562, was introduced by California State Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). This proposed legislation would morph California into a single-payer healthcare state, costing its taxpayers an estimated $400 billion every year. The current total Californian budget is only around $110 billion per year. 

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Big Labor in Pop Culture Part 1: Hoffa

Posted by Olivia Grady on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 11:13 am - Permalink

Hoffa is a 1992 movie about the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ President, Jimmy Hoffa. It was directed by Danny DeVito, and Jack Nicholson played Hoffa.

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Free to Associate, Not Forced to Associate

Posted by Abby Streu on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Permalink

By Abby Streu

The very first amendment to the United States Constitution gives Americans the right to assemble. 

There’s no appendage to this amendment declaring that that right turns into a requirement, depending on one’s field of labor or location.

But in certain regions of the United States, workers can be required to associate with a union as a condition of employment, regardless of their own desires for workplace negotiation.

And with this forced association comes forced financial obligations in the form of union dues. 

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State of the Case: Minnesota PCAs vs. the SEIU

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Permalink

Four years ago today, on May 24, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) signed S.F. 778 into law, dramatically changing the lives of home healthcare workers. The law declared that these caretakers were government employees, but only for collective bargaining purposes.

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CWF in The American Spectator

Posted by Matt Patterson on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 11:25 am - Permalink

Olivia Grady, Research Fellow at the Center for Worker Freedom, had an article published in The American Spectator on May 19, 2017, about the possible upcoming Supreme Court cases involving agency fees:

On May 23, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. It was a terrible decision for worker freedom, and advocates for freedom have been trying to overturn it ever since.

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Finally: Trump Could Soon Fully Staff the NLRB

Posted by Olivia Grady on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

President Donald Trump will reportedly nominate lawyers Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel as Commissioners to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by June after the FBI has conducted background checks on them. If nominated, the two lawyers may be confirmed by the Senate before the August recess.

Who are these lawyers who may be adjudicating labor disputes of national importance?

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Minnesota Homecare Workers Take their Fight to the Legislature

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

On May 8, 2017, the Minnesota Legislative Coordination Commission Subcommittee on Employee Relations held a meeting at 9 am to discuss the decertification effort by health homecare workers that the Center for Worker Freedom has been involved with.

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Hunger Strikes and More Protests: Snowflakes and Unions Collide

Posted by Olivia Grady on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Permalink

By Olivia Grady

It has been 11 days since Yale University graduate students who are members of UNITE HERE Local 33 decided to go on a hunger strike in front of Yale President Peter Salovey’s home. On April 25, 2017, eight members of the union went on a hunger strike to encourage Yale to negotiate with UNITE HERE. These members are: Local 33 Chair Aaron Greenberg GRD ’18, Co-chair Robin Canavan GRD ’19, Camille Cole GRD ’20, Charles Decker GRD ’18, Lukas Moe GRD ’19, Julia Powers GRD ’19, Emily Sessions GRD ’19 and Jifeng Shen GRD ’18.

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CWF Quoted in the Daily Signal

Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in The Daily Signal on May 2, 2017, on how voter fraud has been discovered in a Minnesota SEIU union election:

“As you can see, we scrolled through the electronic directory where the names are listed alphabetically,” canvasser Matt Patterson tells this reporter. “There is no one listed here named Edison.”

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