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Archive: Dec 2012

  • First Amendment Bonuses for Labor

    Posted on Dec 31, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    “Free speech for me, but not thee” could well be organized labor’s new slogan in California. Everyone can enjoy the First Amendment for the guarantees of freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. But labor unions in California have been guaranteed even more speech rights than the rest of us. In California, the Moscone Act and […]

  • Easy Predictions for the NLRB: Labor Wins

    Posted on Dec 27, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Though some have started to issue their year-end and presidential-term-end reviews of federal labor law, some recent decisions turn the year on its head—not to mention at least one major chapter yet to be written. Just last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ruling on Kent Hospital, decided that lobbying expenses could be considered chargeable expenses if […]

  • Longshoremen Strike May Come to the East and Gulf Coasts

    Posted on Dec 26, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    No one likes being late to the party. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) recent strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach may have ended earlier this month, but their East and Gulf Coast brethren from the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) apparently want their slice of the strike pie, too. The […]

  • NLRB: Naughty or Nice?

    Posted on Dec 24, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has officially made the “naughty list” for 2012. Earlier this month, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report criticizing the NLRB for abandoning its role as an “independent regulator” and becoming a “dysfunctional union advocate.” The report, which runs to 33 pages, “documents a pattern […]

  • Employee Freedom Inspiration: Missouri Considers Paycheck Protection

    Posted on Dec 19, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    The reverberations of Michigan becoming a right-to-work state aren’t likely to settle anytime soon. Vincent Vernuccio and Joseph Lehman wrote in the Wall Street Journal that inspiration can be found in the story of Michigan’s right-to-work law passage: “The inspiration comes to the supporters of worker freedom that if Michigan can give union members a […]

  • With the Sky Still Intact, Time to Evaluate Michigan, the Right-To-Work State

    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    Now that the dust has (mostly) settled in Michigan, we can take a closer look at what Michiganders can look forward to. The state will, for the time being, remain a union powerhouse, as current union contracts will not be affected by the change. Right-to-work kicks in upon their expiration. But even without an immediate […]

  • Longshoremen Strike Shows the Danger of Minority Unions

    Posted on Dec 17, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Eight days and nearly eight billion lost dollars later, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) clerks’ strike at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach finally ended earlier this month. The strike made one thing painfully obvious: minority unions have the potential to be disastrous to American industry. This particular […]

  • Michigan Teachers Unions Abandon Students to Protest Right-to-Work

    Posted on Dec 14, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    It’s no surprise that Michigan’s unions came out in force to protest Michigan’s right-to-work law over the past two weeks. One group of protesters, however, deserves a gold star: the teachers who “called in sick” so that they could join the loud and violent throngs marching through Lansing. Most reports indicate that the number of […]