The NRLB Gave Unions a Huge Boost Today . . . But It's Not Likely to Last
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just charged several dozen McDonalds franchises with unfair labor practices. In an unusual move, the NLRB also charged McDonalds Corp. as a co-defendant with its franchisees. As I wrote in August, these charges are ...
The Cromnibus Is Great: It Spends $1 Billion to Extend a Program That Hurts Unemployed Workers
Should Congress spend $1 billion a year on a program that hurts unemployed workers? Congressional appropriators apparently think so: They just appropriated that much for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program in the cromnibus leadership proposed today. Evaluations have shown the ...
Why Your City or Town Could Be the Next Step for Right-to-Work
Should workers have to pay union dues to keep their job? Unions think so — their contracts require companies to fire workers who do not pay up. Fortunately, many states have passed “right-to-work” (RTW) laws that prohibit this coercion.
Unions, however, ...
Is the increasing automation of our economy a threat to American wages and jobs? Should the American worker fear the rise of the robots? No, not really.
Eighty years ago, John Maynard Keynes warned that society faced “a new disease” ...
Liberal Economists Are Caught in a Bind Trying to Sell Obama's Overtime Laws
President Harry Truman once famously quipped: “Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, ‘On the one hand, on the other . . .’”
This probably isn’t exactly quite what he meant, but some economists are earnestly taking both sides of ...
The Minimum Wage: Facts vs. Fiction
On Tuesday night, President Obama repeated his call for raising the minimum wage. Conservatives (including myself) respond that this would hurt the very workers he wants to help. But one of the most frustrating parts of this debate is the ...
The Kentucky County That Builds the Corvette Is About to Become Right-to-Work
The momentum for right-to-work measures at the local level across the country might be gaining steam: Kentucky’s Warren County, which includes the city of Bowling Green, just passed a local right-to-work ordinance. A 5–1 bipartisan majority of the county legislature ...
Unions Spent Millions in 2014, and Came Up Empty
Perhaps the biggest story of Tuesday night is the dog that barked but didn’t bite: the unions. Virtually every politician they targeted won.
This was not expected. Midwest conservative politicians had passed a raft of recent labor reforms, and ...
Unions for Big Businesses
Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. The SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business ...
Media Matters: Unions Don't Reduce Competitiveness . . . Until They Do
Media Matters rejects the “myth” that “unions reduce business competiveness.” Unions “can increase individual firms’ productivity,” in fact, they say – apparently so long as that firm is not Media Matters.
The liberal outfit’s staff recently requested representation by the ...
What the Times Doesn't Say about the Minimum Wage
Bias often appears in facts someone omits, not in actual inaccuracies. Take the New York Times’ new minimum wage calculator, which shows how difficult it can be to support oneself on just a minimum-wage income. Left unsaid: Few minimum-wage workers ...
Minimum-Wage Hikes as Welfare Reform? It's Wishful Thinking
Would raising the minimum wage reduce welfare costs? Some solid conservatives have recently suggested it would.
According to Phyllis Schlafly, “rais[ing] the minimum wage would elevate many low-wage earners above the income threshold that qualifies them for benefits and ...