Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees

By Anne Schieber | March 2, 2015 | Follow Anne Schieber on Twitter The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could extend virtual “right-to-work” status to government employees in every state. Under such a ruling, those workers would no longer be required […]

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‘Paycheck protection’ union-dues issue returns to the spotlight in Pa. Senate

Jan Murphy | on February 23, 2015 at 5:55 PM, updated February 23, 2015 at 6:40 PM   The battle to end government collection of union dues is on again in Pennsylvania. The Senate State Government Committee on Monday voted 6-5 along mostly partisan lines to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban […]


Right-to-work court battles look tough for unions

By Associated Press February 23 at 6:49 PM MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin union leaders may not get much help from judges if they file a legal challenge to Republicans’ right-to-work provisions, as courts have done little to weaken similar measures in other states. The proposal, which prohibits unions from reaching deals with businesses that require […]


Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for collection of union dues

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 6:00 am REP. BRYAN CUTLER | Special to LNP It is a principle of good government that electoral politics is not mixed with official government business. Yet state and local governments in Pennsylvania continue to collect political campaign funds on behalf of public-sector unions — and only public-sector unions. This […]

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Second fight over union rights comes to Wisconsin as right-to-work debate looms

Published February 22, 2015 Associated Press MADISON, Wis. –  The fight over union rights returns to Wisconsin this week. The first step is a public hearing Tuesday before the state Senate’s Labor Committee before the Senate takes it up for debate on Wednesday. The 2011 battle over collective bargaining for public sector unions sparked massive […]


The End of Public-Employee Unions?

Garrett Epps Feb 20 2015, 10:44 AM ET Constitutional scholars sometimes like to commend courts for what they call “the passive virtues”—a reluctance to become involved in constitutional dispute, a reticence to announce new rules, a preference for standing by earlier decisions (“stare decisis”). Judges, too, like to cite what they call “the canon of […]


Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off

By Jack Spencer | Feb. 17, 2015 Former Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney and Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, squared off Tuesday, Feb. 10, in a debate over Michigan’s right-to-work law. “Those who are behind it want to see unions weakened,” Gaffney asserted. “Right-to-work comes from the rise […]


Convention Center prez: Union workers vandalized auto show

VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff, 215-854-2513 Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:44 PM   A MONTHS-LONG labor dispute allegedly kicked into high gear Saturday when about 200 unionized carpenters descended on the Philadelphia Auto Show, officials said. John McNichol, president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, told the Daily News today that […]