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  • Why Should the Government Prevent Union Members from Earning RAISEs?

    A few years ago, President Obama declared he believed “in people getting rich based on performance and what they add in terms of value and the products and services that they create.” United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 23 never got this message. The union fought in court to … More

    Extra! Extra! D.C. City Council Submits to Reality

    “My Administration has worked tirelessly to create jobs, help our residents obtain, employment, and escape poverty. It is because of these very commitments, in fact, that I feel compelled to veto the bill.” —Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray on the Large Retail Accountability Act In a surprising turn, a Democratic … More

    Are Americans Better Off Today Than They Were Four Decades Ago?

    Many pundits and politicians argue that middle-class incomes have stagnated over the past generation. But more accurate data show that the typical household’s income has risen by at least one-fifth in recent decades. Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich expressed this view when he argued that we have gone through … More

    Footnote Failure: Gap Between Productivity and Pay Is Overstated

      Paul Krugman and many others argue that compensation has not grown as fast as productivity. However, most of the apparent gap between the growth of pay and the growth of productivity is a statistical illusion. On the surface, the numbers appear to show pay and productivity diverging. Hourly wages … More

    Wal-Mart and D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases

    The D.C. city council recently approved legislation raising hourly minimum wages in retail stores to $12.50 an hour under the Large Retail Accountability Act (LRAA). On the surface, it looks like the bill would simply create a very high minimum wage. However, a closer look shows the LRAA targets a … More

    Part-Time America: Some Context, Please

    File this under “Department of Exaggerated Statistics.” In the wake of the news that a temporary help agency became America’s second-largest employer, stories have appeared claiming that enormous numbers of Americans work in temp help jobs. On Sunday, the Associated Press reported: Hiring is exploding in the one corner of … More

    Kansas Teachers Vote to Decertify Their Union

    Teachers in Deerfield, Kansas, just did something unusual—they voted to decertify their union. The Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) no longer represents them. Teachers disliking their union representation do not make news, but teachers actually leaving their union do: The law makes it very difficult for teachers to remove unwanted … More

    Immigration: Gang of Eight Would Make H-1B Program Unworkable

    Supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill argue they want to make immigrating legally simpler, but their bill would make the H-1B system for highly skilled workers almost unworkable. H-1B visas allow U.S. companies to hire highly educated foreign workers for occupations requiring specialized skills and knowledge. Employers must … More

    Thomas Perez a Troubled Pick for Labor Secretary

    The President has a right to nominate cabinet secretaries who share his political views. He does not have a right to appoint unqualified cabinet secretaries. The Senate should critically examine Thomas Perez’s nomination for Secretary of Labor. He has a record of selective law enforcement, questionable judgment, and bad management. … More

    Raising the Minimum Wage to $9 Would Harm Most Vulnerable Job Seekers

    President Obama’s budget proposes raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour. This would hurt the very workers the President wants to help. When the price of something rises, people—both consumers and employers—purchase less of it. Americans responded to the higher cost of gas by driving less. Businesses similarly respond … More