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Archive: Jan 2009

  • Academics Speak Up Against EFCA

    Posted on Jan 30, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Economics Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker has joined the long list of intellectuals and academics opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act.   On The Becker-Posner Blog, he stated: Any substantial shift of federal and state governments toward pro-union regulations would harm the American economy and the position of the typical employee. As Posner indicates, unions […]

  • Friday Round Up: Schwarzenegger, Obama, and security cams

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Schwarzenegger desperately tries to balance CA budget; SEIU fights change. SEIU bus drivers reject a new contract.  They’re happy with wages, but don’t want new security cameras used. So much for safety of workers and consumers. A few more possible Obama labor law changes ahead. “Buy American” provision in the stimulus package sparks protectionism fears […]

  • Every Boom: the Result of Unions; Every Recession: the Result of Not Enough Unions

    Posted on Jan 29, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    American Rights at Work’s (ARAW) December 2008 study, The Employee Free Choice Act: Ensuring the Economy Works for Everyone, takes credit for anything good that has ever happened to the American worker regardless of how the facts stack up. Now, let’s get to debunking ARAW’s report with a few simple stats. 1. “From 2000 to […]

  • A Look to the Future…

    Posted on Jan 26, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Referring to Congress and President Obama, Keith Kelleher, President of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare of Illinois and Indiana, recently said, “Number one on their list should be to make it easier for workers like the ones I knew in Detroit to form a union and finally join the middle class. To do that, Congress […]

  • AFL-CIO to Federal Union Watchdog: Drop Dead

    Posted on Jan 13, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Imagine this: Every CEO in the Fortune 500 signed a letter asking President-elect Obama to defund the Securities Exchange Commission, saying that it creates a lot of “unnecessary paperwork.” No seriously, just think of the outrage. Now consider that the unions are asking Obama to do just that, except they want him to weaken the […]

  • Govs Against EFCA

    Posted on Jan 08, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Today, a group of 10 governors signed a letter addressed to the House and Senate leadership asking them to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. Here is their letter: January 8, 2009 Dear Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Representative Boehner, The “Employee Free Choice Act” is a highly controversial federal bill which seeks […]

  • One-third of EFCA

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Yesterday Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 243, which enacts one of the Employee Free Choice Act’s three major provisions: Binding Arbitration. It’s not going to go anywhere, but it sets the stage. Here is what Green introduced: H.R. 243. A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to require the arbitration of initial […]