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For years, scientific opinion polls have shown that Americans overwhelmingly oppose federal labor laws that empower union officials to represent all employees in a company unit and deny union nonmembers the right to bargain for themselves. But Organized Labor’s top priority in the 2009-2010 Congress, the inaptly named “Employee Free Choice” Act, would rewrite federal [...]
For years, scientific opinion polls have shown that Americans overwhelmingly oppose federal labor laws that empower union officials to represent all employees in a company unit and deny union nonmembers the right to bargain for themselves. But Organized Labor’s top priority in the 2007-2008 Congress, the inaptly named “Employee Free Choice Act,” would rewrite federal [...]
### Executive Summary Most mainstream media reporting on the supply and demand for K- 12 public schoolteachers across America ignores the dramatic differences for teachers at different grade levels and in different fields. Around the country, school officials typically report they have no trouble at all finding qualified people to teach in grades K-5 and [...]
### More Than Seven Million Private-Sector Workers Forced to Pay Dues or Fees, or Be Fired! All private-sector and a substantial minority of public-sector American unions are required each year to file LM-2 or LM-3 financial disclosure forms with the U.S. Department of Labor. An analysis of the most recent LM-2 and LM-3 forms filed [...]
Today, relatively few Americans remember that in 1933 Congress enacted legislation obliging businesses to form committees with their competitors to write “codes” prescribing the “rules of fair competition” for their industry. Businesses that refused to report how much they charged customers or charged less than was mandated by a code could be subjected to fines [...]
The ideals of an open society require the protection of freedom of choice in personal, political and economic relationships. Federal policies that force employees to pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment directly restrict the individual employee’s economic freedom. And their effective scope is actually much wider.
A recent paper by Jeff Vincent, research director of the Division of Labor Studies at Indiana University, grossly misrepresents the facts about Right to Work laws and the economic and moral arguments that have been made in support of enacting such a law in Indiana.
It’s hard to put a positive spin on Michigan’s economic track record in recent years, or on the state’s prospects for the future assuming no significant change in current policies. Between 1994 and 2004, Michigan ranked dead last among the 50 states in nonfarm employment growth. The average state enjoyed a percentage job gain more [...]