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  • Truckers fall under California gig economy law, appeals court rules

    04/29/2021 11:10:43 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 63 replies ^ | 04/28/21 | Associated Press
    The ruling is “a massive victory for California’s truck drivers, who for far too long have faced exploitation and misclassification at the hands of trucking companies that place corporate profit ahead of drivers’ safety and well-being,” the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said in a statement.
  • Landmark Defends Public Sector Workers in U.S. Supreme Court

    03/19/2021 9:00:22 PM PDT · by linMcHlp · 14 replies
    Landmark Legal Foundation ^ | 03/17/2021 | Landmark Legal Foundation
    Today, Landmark Legal Foundation filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court in Belgau v. Inslee. In this case, public-sector workers sued Washington Governor Jay Inslee and their union, AFSCME Council 28, the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), over the deduction of union dues from their paychecks. This case is one of many arising from steps taken by public-sector unions to avoid the restrictions from a groundbreaking Supreme Court case in 2018, Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. In Janus, the Supreme Court overruled forty-year-old precedent to protect workers’ First Amendment rights. No longer would nonunion members...
  • Don't Force Workers to Join a Union

    03/16/2021 5:37:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | March 16, 2021 | Stephen Moore
    In 1978, when I was 17 years old, I worked as an usher at concerts and sporting events earning $2.25 an hour, the minimum wage. I had to surrender about 15 cents of this meager hourly wage to a union I was forced to join. I could never understand what a union was doing to help me since the company had the legal requirement to pay me $2.25. I was infuriated over the principle of this confiscation by labor bosses I had never met. I wanted out of the union, but they told me I must pay dues to keep...
  • PRO Act Would Strip Employees’ Right To Privacy And Likely Put Them Out Of A Job

    03/09/2021 6:32:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 9, 2021 | Kristen Swearingsen
    As businesses struggle to keep their doors open and employees on the payroll, Congress is about to deal a major blow to thousands of businesses across the country resulting in significant job loss and stripping away employees’ right to privacy if they enact the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Despite the name of the legislation, the PRO Act goes far beyond just extending the union rights of employees. While the legislation attempts to increase union density and leverage, it fails to consider the negative impact it would have on workers, businesses and the U.S. economy. The bill would...
  • The Evergreen Case Against Prevailing Wage Laws

    02/27/2021 8:13:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | February 27, 2021 | Colin McNickle
    The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy is reiterating its long-standing call for the state Legislature to repeal Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage Law. “Many studies over the years involving many states have demonstrated the higher construction costs … that are caused by prevailing wage laws that require ‘prevailing wages and benefits’ be paid to employees on projects using government funds,” says Jake Haulk, president-emeritus of the Pittsburgh think tank. The prevailing wage and other compensation are the union wage in most states. But repeal has not been entertained in the Keystone State “because of the political power of the law’s supporters,” the...
  • Joe Biden's extremist labor agenda

    10/17/2020 7:45:18 AM PDT · by karpov · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2020 | Steve Delie
    Joe Biden campaigns as a moderate, yet his labor policy is anything but. He supports the most radical rewrite of federal labor laws in U.S. history, and American workers should be afraid. Biden’s plan is sweeping. He would strip states of their ability to regulate their own affairs, end workers’ freedom to choose whether to join a union, and destroy independent contracting and the “gig” economy. If elected, Biden will push an agenda that would eviscerate the rights of tens of millions of workers, put labor unions in control of the economy, and impose a one-size-fits-all labor system on the...
  • Joe Biden threatens ‘personal price’ if business leaders oppose attempts to unionize

    09/08/2020 5:06:43 AM PDT · by karpov · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 7, 2020 | Steven Nelson
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday threatened to impose “a personal price” on business leaders if they resist attempts to unionize during his presidency. Biden made the threat as he vowed to be the most pro-union president in history during a Labor Day webstream with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “I’m going to hold company executives personally liable for interfering with workers who are attempting to unionize. It’s not enough just to have their corporations pay a fine. If they’re part of the problem, they are going to pay a personal price,” Biden said. “I’m going to be the strongest...
  • W.Va. Supreme Court upholds long-argued right to work law

    04/21/2020 12:42:12 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 21, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature. Justices reversed a Kanawha Circuit Judge’s earlier ruling that overturned key aspects of the law. The case was remanded back to the lower court, but only to enter summary judgment on behalf of the state. “Because we have found the Act does not infringe upon association, property, or liberty rights protected by the West Virginia Constitution, we reverse the February 27, 2019 order of the Circuit Court...
  • Big Labor’s Payoff Day. The House passes the most sweeping pro-union bill since the Wagner Act.

    02/10/2020 6:04:03 AM PST · by karpov · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 9, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Ten years ago Democrats chose not to use their 60-vote Senate majority to pass card-check legislation letting unions avoid secret-ballot elections. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to bring up the bill for a vote. How political times have changed. House Democrats last week passed the PRO Act, 224-194, that would impose a back-door card check and gut the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act in the most sweeping pro-union legislation since the 1935 Wagner Act. The bill codifies Obama -era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings that overturned decades of labor law. Employers would have to hand over workers’ private information to...
  • House Bill To Undo State-Level 'Right To Work' Laws Is a Preview of Democrats' Post-2020 Priorities.

    02/06/2020 4:34:12 AM PST · by karpov · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | February 3, 2020 | Eric Boehm
    ... Democrats are expected to pass a package of labor union-backed policies through the House even though the chances that the Senate will consider the bill are roughly nil. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) would insert new language into the National Labor Relations Act to compel the payment of union dues even by non-members working in unionized professions. That means the passage of the PRO Act would effectively undo so-called "right to work" laws on the books in many states.* The PRO Act would also implement a veritable grab bag of policies that labor unions have...
  • Virginia May Kill Right to Work. The new Democratic majority moves to force union dues on workers.

    01/29/2020 5:38:35 AM PST · by karpov · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 28, 2020
    Democrats in Virginia aren’t wasting time with their first statehouse majority in 26 years—by repealing the state’s 70-year-old right-to-work law that has helped the commonwealth thrive. Twenty-seven states including Virginia have right-to-work laws that give workers a choice of whether to belong to a union. According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the rate of job growth was two times higher in right-to-work states between 2008 and 2018 than in states where workers can be compelled to join unions or pay dues as a condition of employment. This disparity is the result of a confluence of pro-growth policies...
  • On Labor Day Remembering Union Violence In America

    09/01/2019 8:20:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Lid Blog ^ | Sep 1, 2019 | Jeff Dunetz
    Something usually not discussed on Labor Day weekend is the violence and thuggery which has always been part of the union movement. And it still happens. The history of the labor movement in the U.S. is littered with extremists who use violence to get their way. At the beginning of the union movement, the violence was outer-directed; toward the government, management, or the police who were using violence themselves to destroy the labor movement. As the movement matured, the abuse became directed inward, targeted towards keeping the rank and file “in line,” going after replacement workers, or sabotaging the particular...
  • Bernie Sanders calls for doubling union membership, scrapping ‘right to work’ laws

    08/21/2019 10:11:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/2019 | Paul Steinhauser |
    Sanders, who is making his second straight bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, vowed “that war will come to an end when I am president. If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class in America, we have got to rebuild, strengthen and expand the trade union movement in America.” Sanders said if elected, he would aim to double union membership by the end of his first term in the White House in January 2025. His plan also calls for ending so-called "right to work" laws favored by Republicans and decried by organized labor for weakening a union’s ability to...
  • NLRB allows employers to give unions the boot

    07/11/2019 8:35:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot ^ | July 11, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s been a significant policy change at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and it’s one that’s been in the works for a while. In the future, when workers grow dissatisfied with their union at their place of employment, the employer, within ninety days of the end of a contract, will be able to suspend bargaining and announce that the union will be ousted at the end of their current contract. The rights of the workers to unionize will still be recognized, but a new election will need to be held to reestablish the union or bring in a different...
  • Arnold Mooney to run for GOP nomination to challenge Doug Jones

    06/03/2019 4:56:45 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 5/7/19 | Brandon Moseley
    State Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, announced Monday his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. Mooney is running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones. “Alabamians want a Constitutional Conservative who can beat Doug Jones and who will take on the Establishment in Washington. That’s why I’m running,” Mooney said in a statement. Mooney is a State Representative from north Shelby County. “I am not a career politician,” Mooney writes on his website. “I’m a conservative and an outsider. But I look around and see a rising tide of socialism on the Left...
  • Kamala Harris calls for a ban on right-to-work laws

    04/28/2019 10:39:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2019 02:08 PM | Joseph Simonson
    LAS VEGAS — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris called for the federal ban on so-called "right-to-work" laws in the United States during her Saturday morning remarks at the National Forum on Wages and Working People. "Banning right-to-work laws" would be one of the first initiatives Harris would take up in office, she told the audience of labor members and organizers at The Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada. Republican governors and legislators throughout the country have been pushing through laws that allow individuals to join a company or firm without being obligated to pay or join a labor union. Some right-to-work laws...
  • New Mexico blocks right-to-work ordinances

    03/30/2019 10:13:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 3/27/2019 | Unknown
    <p>New Mexico is prohibiting local governments from enacting right-to-work ordinances that prevent employees from being required to join a union or pay union fees.</p> <p>Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed legislation that asserts the state’s exclusive jurisdiction over union security agreements.</p>
  • Circuit judge strikes down West Virginia righ-to-work law

    02/28/2019 9:42:21 AM PST · by buckalfa · 33 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | February 27, 2019 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A circuit judge has struck down key components of West Virginia’s 2016 right-to-work legislation. Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued the opinion Wednesday, three years after the Legislature first passed the law. “The new law will require unions and union officials to work, to supply their valuable expertise and to provide expensive services for nothing,” Bailey wrote in her 46-page ruling. “That is, in a word, arbitrary.” The overriding issue is whether employees who join a workplace represented by a union have to pay some form of dues, whether they embrace union representation or not. The unions...
  • UAW Scandals Show Why Michigan Needs to Keep Workers' Right to Work Protections

    11/03/2018 6:39:17 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | November 3 | Mark Mix
    According to the latest available U.S. Commerce Department data, the number of Michiganders employed in the auto and auto parts manufacturing industry is about half what it was at the turn of the millennium. United Auto Workers (UAW) union bosses, who for decades have wielded their government-granted monopoly-bargaining power to foist counterproductive work rules and inefficient benefit plans on unionized autoworkers and automakers, bear a large part of the responsibility. Of the roughly 170,000 remaining Michigan auto manufacturing employees, it’s likely that more than 100,000 are subject to UAW officials’ monopoly-bargaining power. In order to keep their jobs, employees must...
  • "Scabs" Are the True Labor Day Heroes

    09/03/2018 2:31:20 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | September 3, 2018 | Gary Galles
    As long as I can remember, unions have attacked as “scabs” those willing to accept work for wages and conditions those unions reject, even if it involves crossing union picket lines. In fact, that usage goes back centuries, from English slang for a mean, low, “scurvy” rascal or scoundrel. As Stephanie Smith put it in Household Words: From blemish…to strikebreaker, the history of the word scab…shows a displacement of meaning from the visceral or physical to the moral register…Just as a scab is a physical lesion, the strikebreaking scab disfigures the social body of labor. Those union attacks have included...