Public Unions Flunk Fairness 101

Posted by Paige Halper on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Permalink

It costs money to be in a union.  It costs even more to win an election. 

Union dues and agency fees, the mandatory fees non-members pay to the union, are spent on collective bargaining and, more importantly, partisan politics.     

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CWF Speech at the Supreme Court

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 2:55 pm - Permalink

A version of these remarks were delivered by Executive Director Matt Patterson at the steps of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2016, in support of Rebecca Friedrichs.

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Justice is Here

Posted by Paige Halper on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Permalink

Opening Arguments for Friedrichs

It was only about 30 degrees on the Supreme Court steps this morning, but the 200 Americans crowding the sidewalk were too fired up to notice the loss of feeling in their toes.  The flood of bodies, holding signs with phrases like ‘I Stand With Rebecca’ and ‘#WorkTogether’, rallied outside for the initial oral arguments of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA)

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CWF in Forbes

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 11:25 am - Permalink

On January 10, 2016, Matt Patterson, the executive director of CWF, was published in Forbes.  His article, Yes, The First Amendment Applies to Unions, dicusses Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case that had its first oral arguments today.  

Read Matt's whole post here.  

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Into the Labyrinth

Posted by Lindsey DePasse on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Permalink

California teachers in desperate struggle to keep their own money

What price, free speech?

The Supreme Court’s upcoming case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) has brought an important violation of the First Amendment to our attention.

Together, ten representative California teachers are fighting the CTA and its coercive methods which force teachers to pay dues that are spent on political efforts they don’t agree with.

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CWF Quoted in December Labor Watch

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 9:12 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson, the Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, was quoted in the December issue of Labor Watch.  Sarah Westwood's, "A Union Bank with a Goal: Victory for the Left" was published on December 22, 2015.  

Patterson was quoted, “Amalgamated is a perfect embodiment of the slush fund that organized labor has become… unions take dues from members (by force in non-Right To Work states) and funnel it directly to liberal groups and Democrat politicians.”

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CWF in January Labor Watch

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Executive Director, Matt Patterson, was quoted in the Captial Research Center's newsletter, Labor Watch.  Dr. Steven J. Allen’s piece, "Working Class Heroes", was published on January 5, 2016;

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Friedrichs for Freedom!

Posted by Paige Halper on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Permalink

Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Union Power

Monday, January 11 will result in either the start of a very happy New Year for worker choice or the preservation of a nearly 40-year-old bad Supreme Court decision.

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CWF Quoted in The Washington Examiner

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 11:27 am - Permalink

Matt Patterson the Executive Director at the Center for Worker Freedom was quoted in the Washington Examiner on Sunday December 13, 2015 in a piece about Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.

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CWF in The Washington Examiner

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson the Executive Director for The Center for Worker Freedom was quoted on December 6, 2015 in The Washington Examiner in a piece discussing Hillary Clinton's labor union endorsements.  

Patterson was quoted stating,

"What strikes me about the SEIU endorsement is that there's a lot of the local chapter leadership that was very upset by this, because they want to support Bernie Sanders.”

He also mentioned the power that labor unions yield in elections saying:

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Wrong Way

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 2:19 pm - Permalink

Backing Hillary; holding workers back

The Iowa Caucus hasn’t started. Not a single American has cast a ballot, yet unions are already pledging their money and muscle to Hillary Clinton.

Unions have been pouring millions into the pockets of almost entirely Democratic politicians since they began. According to USAToday in one election cycle alone (2011-2012) unions spent $1.7 billion on political activities.

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The UAW is Coming to Town

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Permalink

The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) is hell-bent on stealing Christmas, taking hundreds of dollars from autoworkers and their families that might have been spent on loved-ones and stuffing it into the pockets of Democratic politicians.

The UAW and the Grinch have something in common. They both steal from hardworking people. The UAW through forced dues and the Grinch through forced entry. The Grinch wants to rob people of happiness; the UAW wants power and it needs your money to get it.

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Executive Director Matt Patterson wrote an article for Forbes on Friday November 20, 2015 about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to build a government-run casino. This is an attempt by Chicago to fix the extreme deficit they are running in their public pension system. 

Patterson describes why Mayor Emanuel wants to build a government-run casino and points out the various problems with this destructive idea. One of Patterson's points is: 

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Bad Timing

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 11:54 am - Permalink

Volkswagen Denies UAW’s Request to Unionize at Chattanooga Plant

The recent attempt by the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) Local 42 to be recognized by a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee was contested by the automaker’s leadership.

 One hundred sixty-five maintenance workers filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on October 23, 2015 to give UAW Local 42 collective bargaining power. Currently, Local 42 acts as a forum for conversation, but is not an official part of the UAW and cannot collect dues or such.

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Déjà Vu Again

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Permalink

Maintenance Workers Attempt to Fix a Plant that is Not Broken

On Friday October 23, 2015 165 Chattanooga Volkswagen maintenance employees filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a secret ballot election to give United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 42 collective bargaining power.

This is the UAW’s way of trying to unionize the entire Volkswagen plant one group at a time and there’s a term for it, micro-unions.

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CWF quoted in Times Free Press

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Permalink

On Thursday October 29, 2015 Times Free Press quoted the CWF's Executive Director Matt Patterson. Mike Pare's piece, "ACE won't seek place with UAW on VW ballot" discusses the 165 Volkswagen maintenance employees who filed on Friday October 23, 2015 with the National Labor Relations Board to seek UAW representation. 

Pare wrote that Patterson expressed "he was not surprised the UAW was seeking another election" and that the UAW "wants an election as soon as possible".  

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