An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

By Richard Vedder, Jonathan Robe • July 16, 2014 Read the Full Analysis Here The compelling preponderance of evidence suggests there is a substantial, significant, and positive relationship between economic growth in a state and the presence of a right to work (RTW) law. This paper presents a labor economics analysis of the effect of […]


Another Union President Uses School District Email for Politics

By: Sarah Leitner | July 11, 2014 Using his public school district email address, Southern Lehigh Education Association (SLEA) President Edward Sinkler encouraged members to lobby against pension reform, a union political priority. “There is at present an attack being launched on your retirement system,” Sinkler wrote. “I would like to ask you to take […]


Opinion: Teachers’ unions have become power-seeking political organizations

July 9, 2014 by Michelle Geist    As a teacher, I treasure the opportunity to help kids who learn differently succeed both academically and in their social lives. I like to think that the students I’ve been privileged to work with have a better understanding of the world around them and are set on a […]


AFL-CIO urges Obama to circumvent Congress on immigration

By Sean Higgins | July 9, 2014 | 12:32 pm Calling them “aspiring American workers,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launched a petition… Calling them “aspiring American workers,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launched a petition Wednesday calling on President Obama to bypass Congress on the current immigration surge and to instead use his executive authority to […]


Pennsylvania School Bus Drivers Cut Ties with Local Union

BY: Bill McMorris July 9, 2014 2:50 pm School bus drivers in Pennsylvania may have dealt a deep financial blow to a local union after voting overwhelmingly to cut ties. Nearly 90 percent of drivers from the Gateway School District voted to withdraw from Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1729 in a June 27 secret […]

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5 Reforms Killed by Pennsylvania Unions

Pennsylvania lawmakers had several opportunities to reduce the coercive power of labor unions this fiscal year, but failed to pass the necessary legislation. Pennsylvania is not a Right to Work state, which means employees in unionized workplaces can be forced to pay a union “fair share” fees — in an amount determined by the union — as a […]


AFL-CIO to Obama: Unilaterally Grant Work Permits to Illegals

by Tony Lee 2 Jul 2014, 6:02 AM PDT The AFL-CIO wants President Barack Obama to unilaterally give work permits and temporary amnesty to most of the country’s illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, a day after Obama used a Rose Garden speech to say he would try to change as many immigration laws as possible on […]