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    Should a State Be Able to Force People to Join a Union?

      Can a state force you to join a labor union? On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Harris v. Quinn, a challenge to Illinois’s authority to force home-care providers who receive state subsidies to join labor unions against their will.   Under the Illinois Disabilities Program, the … 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

    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

    Kansas Legislators Take on the Teachers Unions

    Union contracts often pick winners and losers in the workplace. However, teachers unions may soon lose the power to pick losers—at least in Kansas. Legislators there are considering giving unionized teachers the option of negotiating for themselves. The pain of union control is illustrated by Bria Klotz, a former sixth-grade … More

    Morning Bell: Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold

    This is the week that Michigan’s workers will finally be freed from forced unionization. After decades of United Auto Workers control over the struggling American auto industry, the Michigan legislature’s passing of a right-to-work law is historic. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the law as early as … More

    Michigan Ballot Measure Could Protect Drug-Dealing Teachers

    A teachers’ union contract in Bay City, MI, has become a focal point in the battle over a ballot measure in that state that seeks to provide legal guarantees for union collective bargaining agreements — and invalidate laws that conflict with those agreements. The contract allows teachers to show up … More

    Dropping the Ball on Unions

    The NFL’s replacement referees have missed a number of calls in recent weeks. But they’d be correct if they decided to flag Washington Post writer Brad Plumer for unsportsmanlike conduct. He recently committed the sin of bringing politics to the newspaper’s sports section. Having done that, Plumer deserves an additional … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike Contradicts Principle of Public Service

    Students at Chicago schools are spending another day at home today, after a 700-page court filing against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was sidelined for later consideration. Teachers walked off the job soon after the school year began, frustrating Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and thousands of Chicago parents. “This continued … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike: Unthinkable and Intolerable

    “Unthinkable and intolerable.” So President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered strikes by government employees. Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU), has a different view. She called a strike to block Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s (D) education reforms. Chicago Public Schools have a 40 percent dropout rate. Emanuel considers … More

    TSA Collective Bargaining Could Endanger Americans

    Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, airport screeners in Toronto began meticulously searching every carry-on bag by hand. The delays caused security lines to pile up. Passengers began missing their flights en masse. To break the bottleneck, supervisors allowed 250,000 passengers to board their flights with “minimal or no screening.” One … More