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    National Employee Freedom Week: Informing Workers of Their Rights

    Rob Brough and John Cress are public school teachers in Pennsylvania. When they wanted to quit their teachers union because of its increasing politicization, they found out they had to continue to pay dues. Their union claimed that a “maintenance of membership” clause forbade them from leaving the union except … 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 The Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) no longer represents them.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

    Colorado Teachers Now Paid for Performance, Not Years of Service

    Douglas County, Colorado is once again leading the state in education reform by adopting a teacher compensation plan that has school districts across the nation talking. Teachers in Douglas County are finally getting a pay system that could reflect their value: one that rewards hard work based on merit, not … 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

    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

    Right-to-Work Gives Michigan Workers a Choice

    Conservatives won an enormous victory in Michigan last week. The state just passed a right-to-work law that makes union dues voluntary. Starting next year, union contracts cannot require employers to fire employees who do not pay union dues. The state that gave birth to the United Auto Workers union has … More

    California Union Members Demand Transparency from Union Bosses

    Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have launched a protest against their own union in California over waste and corruption. They rallied outside SEIU headquarters last week and plan to be in Sacramento on Wednesday. The protestors are calling for transparency, accountability, and audits of the 2 million … More

    Morning Bell: 25,000 Chicago Teachers Walk Off the Job

    This morning, about 350,000 students in Chicago Public Schools will be without teachers. While the 25,000-plus unionized teachers take to the picket lines in a strike over benefits and teacher evaluations, working parents are scrambling to figure out what to do. “We know a strike is really going to be … More

    Auto Bailout Success? For Union Workers, Maybe

    President Obama’s auto bailout is being touted as a great success of his Administration. Speaking in Detroit at a Labor Day rally, Vice President Joe Biden used it to explain how Americans were better off. “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden boasted. In Charlotte, former … More

    Morning Bell: Auto Bailout Was Really Just a UAW Bailout

    President Obama told the United Auto Workers (UAW) in February not to listen to critics of the auto bailout who said union members “made out like bandits—that saving the auto industry was just about paying back the unions.” “Really?” Obama said. “I mean, even by the standards of this town … More