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    Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle

    If it seems like unions are making a fuss lately, it’s because they are. It’s an election year, and they need money. Just one in 15 private-sector workers is a union member—in 2013, union membership was at its lowest rate since 1916. That might explain why they’re grasping for new … More

    The Amazing Way That One Car Dealership Responded to a Union’s Bullying

    A Subaru dealership in Wichita is refusing to be cowed by a union’s bullying tactics. According to The Wichita Eagle, the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 is protesting the dealership’s decision to hire a nonunion firm for some drywall work. The Brotherhood’s protest includes a … More

    Should Unions Have to Ask Workers for Forgiveness or Permission?

    Should workers have to continuously “opt out” of paying for union political expenses they oppose? Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R) has raised this question because in Washington, as in most states, government employees must pay union dues whether they join the union or not. Washington state also allows a … 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

    How Obama's "Recess" Appointments Helped Unions

    In Monday’s Noel Canning case, the Supreme Court considered whether the president can make recess appointments during Senate sessions. Few observers expect the Supreme Court to answer yes. Pundits have paid much less attention, however, to why he would want to stretch the constitutional limits on his authority: to unionize workers through … More

    All I Want for Christmas Is an On-Demand Uber Ride

    Taxi and limousine companies must wish they themselves had thought of Uber, an app-based service that connects drivers with passengers and eliminates the need for cash payment. Uninhibited by the regulatory hurdles that plague conventional taxi service (if you can call it “service”), Uber is revolutionizing urban transportation. Uber is … More

    Green Light for Detroit Bankruptcy: Time for Unions to Come to the Table

    Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’s ruling to allow the City of Detroit to proceed with its bankruptcy filing is a welcome—even momentous—occasion for Detroit. It means the city will be able to restructure its $18 billion in debt, the first step in the challenging process of rebuilding the city and reforming … 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

    Michigan Union Threatens Teachers’ Credit Scores

    Most people expect unions to protect workers, not attack their credit ratings. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) does not share these expectations. The union has threatened to damage the credit ratings of teachers who opt out of union dues. Michigan recently became a right-to-work state, meaning workers in Michigan no … 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