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At the January 21 hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court case Harris v. Quinn, Justice Sam Alito repeatedly grilled Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lawyer Paul Smith about whether it is permissible, under the First Amendment, for the government to force public employees to bankroll a private organization, e.g. a union, that they reasonably believe […]
Charles Lane opposes public sector bargaining as well as forced dues. Charles Lane is a Post editorial writer, specializing in economic policy, financial issues and trade, and a contributor to the PostPartisan blog. In 2009 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing. He is the author of two books: “The Day Freedom […]
National Right to Work President Mark Mix reviews the background on the upcoming Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court case, in the Washington Times. Today, more than 18 states have laws on the books explicitly requiring all or some public employees to pay dues or fees to a union they may not want as a condition […]
Famous fictional Scrantonian Michael Scott tried out an impromptu oral declaration of bankruptcy when he faced financial difficulties in Season Four of “The Office” (NBC-TV), but it turned out all he needed to do was to rein in his household’s spending. Unfortunately for taxpayers and elected officials in the real Scranton, they have far less […]
UFCW union bosses are not practicing what they preach, according to a report by the Manhattan Institute’s Economics21 division. Here’s the story: The United Food and Commercial Workers union is funding campaigns to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 and unionize fast food workers. But an examination of UFCW contracts with the Kroger Company […]
Imagine that you live in a small town whose mayor frequently schedules public meetings in which she shares information about local affairs with constituents and solicits their input. You regularly attend such meetings and sometimes offer an opinion or two about matters of public concern. Now imagine that on Election Day, the mayor wins another […]
In November 2012, roughly 63 million Americans nationwide voted against the winning candidate for U.S. President, Barack Obama. People who cast their ballots for Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and the numerous other candidates who didn’t win were undoubtedly disappointed. But many have been able to take consolation in the fact that, as citizens, […]
Detroit News’ editorial says it all. Teacher union officials cry foul over representing teachers who are nonmembers under an exclusive representation contract they themselves have foisted on these unwilling teachers. Perhaps that’s why teachers are exercising their right to refrain. No one likes a freeloader. Count Michigan teachers among that number. As more public school teachers […]