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  • What One Teamsters Local Forgot to Mention…

    Posted on Oct 17, 2013 by Team

    Ordinarily, when an organization lists the ways in which it expends members’ dues, it starts by highlighting the good (half of them), transitions to mentioning while mitigating the bad, and concludes by apologizing and explaining the ugly – before then highlighting the other half of the good. Apparently, one Teamsters local didn’t get the memo. […]

  • Big Labor Wants Their Dues

    Posted on Jun 18, 2013 by Team

    “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” So it was for Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III. So too it is today for former union members in Indiana. As we have previously written, Indiana became the 23rd right-to-work state back in March 2012. The centerpiece of the legislation liberated workers by allowing […]

  • Newsflash: Benefits of Union Membership Declining by the Year

    Posted on May 01, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Unions have always turned to the same trump card when trying to convince employees to unionize: Unions members make more money. It’s a compelling and appealing argument. But it’s also becoming less true by the year. Bloomberg BNA has released a new report demonstrating that the wage gap is growing smaller—and mainly because union wages […]

  • Michigan Unions’ All-Out Assault on Employee Rights

    Posted on Mar 21, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    After a union-pushed proposal to forbid such a measure failed in a referendum, Michigan recently passed a right-to-work law granting employees the right to opt out of paying union dues and mandatory “agency fees.” Michigan’s law takes effect next week, which will make the longtime union spiritual home the 24th right-to-work state, and second in […]

  • It Pays To Be The (Union) Boss

    Posted on Jan 11, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    It’s no mystery that labor union leaders are paid well. But a closer look at the numbers are still astounding. The Washington Times has the full report today, compiled from information available at The article, which features our managing director, J. Justin Wilson, details how union leadership spends millions of member dues on themselves. There […]

  • Labor In Michigan Scrambles To Prove Its Worth

    Posted on Dec 13, 2012 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 […]

  • Obama’s Union Sloganeering No Match for Facts

    Posted on Dec 11, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    For the past week we’ve heard from breathless activists and politicians and biased journalists ranting about the Michigan legislature and governor moving to give the state’s citizens the freedom to work. Add the President of the United States to that list. According to the White House transcript, Barack Obama told a crowd in Michigan: [W]hat we shouldn’t be doing is trying […]