Lawmakers Should Respect Raisin Farmers’, and Workers’, Economic Liberty

On January 24, 2015, in News Clips, by Stan Greer

During the Great Depression, the U.S. Congress enacted many laws intended to foster economic recovery by restricting marketplace competition.  Today, there is a wide consensus among historians, economists, and political scientists, including many who support the New Deal on the whole, that these anti-competition statutes were ill-advised and counterproductive. One striking recent illustration of the […]

Unions Fail to File in Time, Lose Representation

On January 20, 2015, in News Clips, by CLJ

Two Wisconsin unions failed to file a timely petition to represent several government employees, as required by Act 10. The Wisconsin Public Relations Commission is sticking to its guns, and the law. Molly Williams has the story in Courthouse News. The Wisconsin Association of State Prosecutors and Local 150 of the Service Employees International Union filed their […]

NILRR News Clips January 19, 2015

On January 19, 2015, in News Clips, Prevailing Wage, Right To Work, by CLJ

Public Unions vs. the Public Wall Street Journal Online, January 15, 2015 The facts: Public-sector unions are not underdogs. . . As Mr. DiSalvo shows, public-sector unions are also rich. Taken together, they spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually lobbying governments on behalf of their members. Our courts have ensured that funding for political […]

Best Available Evidence Indicates Right to Work Laws Foster Faster Growth in Employee Compensation

On January 15, 2015, in News Clips, NILRR Research, by Stan Greer

As I noted in a post on this web site last week, the editors of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s (MJS) editorial page admit that state Right to Work laws protect employees’ “freedom to choose whether to be in a union.”  But judging by the rest of their January 6 editorial opposing consideration of any Right to Work […]

Ironworkers Boss Sanctioned Vandalism

On January 15, 2015, in News Clips, by CLJ

FBI wiretaps reveal Ironworker boss Joseph Dougherty believed there were no limits to what could be done to stop employers from using nonunion workers.  Joseph A. Slobodzian has the story on Shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2013, an aide phoned Ironworkers union boss Joseph Dougherty with the news that Local 401 business […]

Michigan Justices Drill UAW Attorney

On January 15, 2015, in News Clips, by CLJ

Michigan Supreme Court justices closely question a United Auto Workers (UAW) labor attorney’s challenge to the Right to Work Law.   Chad Livengood has the story in The Detroit News. Republican-backed Supreme Court justices drilled a labor union attorney during a hearing Tuesday over whether Michigan’s two-year-old right-to-work law applies to state workers. In challenging […]

Teamsters Fire Employee Joining Union

On January 14, 2015, in News Clips, by CLJ

Union bosses don’t like practicing what they preach, as many teacher union employees will attest.  In a classic case of, “Do as I say, not as I do,” a Teamster employee has been fired for joining a union.  has the story. What happens when workers who work for unions demand to have union representation for […]

SEIU Organizers Harass Before Vote

On January 13, 2015, in News Clips, by CLJ

In an effort to ensure the vote went their way, SEIU organizers harassed and intimidated adjunct workers during a recent organizing campaign.  Matt Lamb has the story in Adjunct faculty at Washington University in St. Louis voted narrowly to unionize this month, in a campaign marked by accusations of union intimidation and administration pressure […]