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  • NY Times Editors’ Impossible Demands: A More Pro-Union Obama

    Posted on Feb 05, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Yesterday, we found that even a clearly pro-union acting secretary at the Department of Labor (DOL) wasn’t enough to make some members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) happy. Today, in the alternate universe where the New York Times editors reside, President Obama, too, has not been pro-union enough. The editors write: What has been missing for years is a […]

  • News Roundup: Fallout From Labor’s Falling Numbers

    Posted on Jan 23, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Fallout From Labor’s Falling Numbers You’d be hard pressed to miss the news that organized labor suffered one of its largest one-year losses in membership in years. While the AFL-CIO is out spinning, our executive director, Rick Berman, weighed in at the Washington Examiner: “The continued decline of union membership, even during four years of a labor-friendly administration, is a sign that […]

  • News Roundup: The News Is–There Will Be No More News

    Posted on Jan 14, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Philly Media Group Threatens to Liquidate Outlets Filed under “this is awkward,” the Philadelphia Daily News reports (via that its parent group, Interstate General Media (IGM), has given the employees of the News,, and the Philadelphia Inquirer an ultimatum: Come to a union agreement by Friday or we’ll liquidate. Although the newsroom staff has a contract that runs until October, the company’s ten […]

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

    Posted on Dec 19, 2012 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Michigan Right To Work at The Daily Caller

    Posted on Dec 13, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Rick Berman weighs in on Michigan’s right-to-work legislation: This has been the year of personal freedom. In 2012, voters across the country consistently reaffirmed their desire to see individual choice trump institutional power. In November, Michigan voters rejected the enshrinement of collective bargaining in the state’s constitution. In Colorado and Washington, they demanded the right […]

  • Labor In Michigan Scrambles To Prove Its Worth

    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    A funny thing happened on the way to right to work. Labor unions may realize they have been neglecting members. In the wake of Michigan becoming the 24th right-to-work state, numerous commentators have recognized that if employees aren’t forced to be members, unions may actually have to appeal to them. What a novel idea—free choice. It’s not something that most unions are used to dealing […]

  • Michigan Right-to-Work Law Strikes a Blow for Employee Rights

    Posted on Dec 12, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state on Tuesday when Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills ensuring that employees will not be forced to pay a union just to keep their jobs. Police and fire unions were the only ones not included in the reforms. While labor makes grand plans for a response after a long, loud, and violent day of protesting, little is mentioned […]