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  • How Obama's "Recess" Appointments Helped Unions

    In Monday’s Noel Canning case, the Supreme Court considered whether the president can make recess appointments during Senate sessions. Few observers expect the Supreme Court to answer yes. Pundits have paid much less attention, however, to why he would want to stretch the constitutional limits on his authority: to unionize workers through … More

    Examining North Carolina’s Falling Unemployment Rate

    On January 1, maximum unemployment insurance (UI) benefits dropped across most of America. Not in North Carolina. The Tar Heel State already ended extended UI benefits in July 2013. What happened afterward has caused considerable controversy. No one disagrees that North Carolina’s unemployment rate began rapidly falling almost immediately after … More

    Union Integrity Act Protects Whistle-Blowers

    Last year, four truck drivers talked to federal investigators about safety problems at Gaines Motor Lines. A week later, they were fired. Now the Department of Labor has ordered Gaines Motor Lines to reinstate these whistle-blowers and pay more than $1 million in back pay and damages. While the law … More

    Congress Has Already Raised the Minimum Wage Above $10

    Congress will soon vote on raising the federal minimum wage to over $10 per hour. Few realize that, from the perspective of many employers, the government has already done this. The Obamacare employer penalty will add thousands of dollars to hiring costs in 2015. Coupled with existing minimum wages and … More

    Employee Rights Act: Protecting Workers from Union Overreach

    Sponsored by Representative Tom Price (R–GA) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT), the Employee Rights Act addresses insufficient protections employees have vis-à-vis unions. The bill would guarantee employees the rights to: Vote privately in a secret ballot election before forming a union; Opt out of having their personal contact information provided … More

    Still Not the Time to Raise Federal Pay

    President Obama has announced a 1 percent across-the-board federal pay increase in 2014. This comes on top of federal employees’ already scheduled seniority-based raises. Unless Congress intervenes, the gap between federal and private pay will rise even higher next year. President Obama suspended the uniform federal pay increases in 2011 … More

    The Road to a $12.50/Hour Minimum Wage in D.C. Is Paved with Good Intentions

    If only the D.C. city council understood good intentions do not ensure good results. Council members are debating four different proposals to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8.25 per hour ($1 above the federal minimum) to between $10.25 and $12.50 per hour. Proponents of the legislation want to help … More

    Michigan Union Threatens Teachers’ Credit Scores

    Most people expect unions to protect workers, not attack their credit ratings. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) does not share these expectations. The union has threatened to damage the credit ratings of teachers who opt out of union dues. Michigan recently became a right-to-work state, meaning workers in Michigan no … More

    Proof That Obamacare Is Hurting the Economy

    Today’s jobs report shows the labor market recovery remains weak—and businesses are telling the Federal Reserve one of the main reasons is Obamacare. Last week’s Federal Reserve Beige Book includes direct references to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) causing employers not to hire workers. The Beige Book “summarizes comments … More

    The Typical Worker Earns More Today Than in 1989

    Do American workers have lower living standards today than in 1989? To anyone with a camera GPS library stereo video recorder TV smartphone in his or her pocket, it doesn’t look like it. But the Census Bureau recently released a report finding real median household incomes lower today than 24 … More