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    Garbage Collecting a Green Job? According to Government, Yes!

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released yet another green jobs report that has green advocates gushing in ways they couldn’t if they actually read past the first page. As we have noted (here, here, here, and here), the BLS definition of green jobs is so bizarre that the total … More

    10 Stories of Job Loss as Consequences of Obamacare

    As employers and businesses prepare for Obamacare’s sweeping changes and mandates to begin in 2014, many are already laying off some of their employees. An event at Heritage today will discuss the burdens of the law both for small businesses’ ability to hire and grow and individuals’ ability to find … More

    Obamacare Continues to Restrict Hiring

    The Federal Reserve Beige Book, released on March 6, cited Obamacare as a factor in slowing hiring and employment growth. The Beige Book is a report published eight times a year that details the economic activity in the 12 different Federal Reserve regions. As this most recent report explains, “Employers … More

    SKILLS Act Would Cut Duplication and Waste in Job Training Programs

    The federal government spends billions each year on job training programs. However, these programs are ineffective and waste billions on duplicative administrative expenses. A 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation found: For fiscal year 2009, we identified 47 employment and training programs administered across nine agencies. Together, these programs spent … More

    Union That Bankrupted Hostess to Receive Generous Government Subsidies

    The union whose strike led to the bankruptcy of Hostess last year has just been awarded government benefits from a program few qualify for. Last year, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union refused to accept concessions that would have kept Hostess in business. The company had … More

    Mexico Poised to Become an "Aztec Tiger"

    Newly installed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is seeking to revamp Mexico’s economy, and one tool he has already pursued is labor reform. It is long overdue. According to the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, Mexico ranks below the world … More

    A Simple and Wrong Answer to Poverty: Increasing the Minimum Wage

    During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed fighting poverty by raising the minimum wage. It sounds appealing but it will not work. Labor economists have repeatedly studied the effects of minimum wage increases. They find no correlation between higher minimum wages and lower poverty. Raising the … More

    Free Trade Twist: China No Longer Cheapest Labor

    As wages in China rise with economic growth, some companies are beginning to look elsewhere for what was once China’s selling point: cheap labor. It just highlights the power that free trade provides—growing economies and raising living standards. Consider that wages in China are five times greater than they were … More

    Union Head Convicted, Showing Need for Union Transparency

    Last week, the government convicted Tyrone Freeman, president of SEIU Local 6434 in Los Angeles, of 14 counts of illegally diverting union dues into his own pockets. His conviction illustrates the need for union financial transparency. However, the Obama Administration has steadily rolled back union transparency requirements. Freeman’s former local … More

    Time for More Accountability for Unions—and the Department of Labor

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned on January 22. It would be beneficial if President Obama’s next Labor Secretary would do more to protect workers from union corruption. An Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit released last year finds that the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) is missing most violations … More