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    Overtime Pay: Why More Government Meddling Isn't Good for Workers

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    Making more money is a good thing. But having a job you like is even better. Which is why President Obama’s announcement this week that he wants to increase the number of Americans eligible for overtime pay is not as good a deal as it sounds. Who qualifies for overtime … More

    10 in Union ‘Goon Squads’ Indicted for Violence, Arson in Philadelphia

    Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union are charged with conspiring to commit extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault to force construction contractors to hire union workers, according to the FBI. The FBI this week said the members of Ironworkers Local 401  collaborated with allies who sought out construction … More

    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

    Obama's Unconstitutional "Recess" Appointments Come Before the Supreme Court

    Remember President Obama’s “recess” appointments—that really weren’t during a Senate recess? The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that highlights problematic appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees labor unions in America. Three federal appellate courts have struck down these recess appointments as unconstitutional. … More

    December Jobs Report Shows More Americans Giving Up on Finding a Job

    The December jobs report is out – and it’s not full of delayed holiday cheer for Americans struggling in this economy. “Today’s jobs report gave a discouraging update on the health of the economy,” Heritage’s James Sherk, a Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics, tells The Foundry. “Employers added far … 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

    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

    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

    Why Don't We Have Free Trade with Every Country?

    With a July 31 expiration date fast approaching, both the House and Senate last week introduced legislation that would extend free trade preferences to developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Introduced with broad bipartisan support, the extension was lauded by both sides of the aisle for supporting … More