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Poor Performers: Forced-Union States at the Bottom of Manufacturing GDP Growth

There are several factors that cause employment gains and losses across states, regions, as well as nations. Political climates, tax and regulatory burdens, as well as union density are among the factors that can affect a state’s employment. Whether or not a state has laws that prohibit unions from requiring union fees as a condition […]

Free at Last: How and Why Union Members Leave their Unions (VIDEO)

  Throughout the country, millions of union members would leave their union if they could do so without penalty. This information comes from a new poll that will be released at this event. Why do so many union employees want to leave their union? What was it like for those who have left or are […]

Coalition Tells Union Members How to Drop Out

By Melanie Trottman While organized labor explores new ways to get workers into unions, a coalition that includes some well-known conservative groups is telling union members how get out. The coalition, which has grown to 79 groups in 44 states from 60 groups in 35 states over the past year, kicked off its second annual […]

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Union members can opt out during National Employee Freedom Week, Aug. 10-16

Victor Joecks • | August 10, 2014 Four million Americans want to leave their union, but either they don’t know that they can or they don’t know how to do so. For many of them, now is the time to act: August is opt-out month for many unions nationwide. This number comes from a just-released […]

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A Strange Antagonism: Right-To-Work Laws Versus Libertarian Theory

by George Leef Right-to-work laws (RTW) constantly take criticism from Big Labor and its anti-market allies. Those laws are said to undermine all-important worker solidarity by permitting some workers to become “free riders” by not paying dues. Unions despise dissenters and have a long, nasty history of “dealing” with workers who want nothing to do […]

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Thune Proposes Heightened Disclosure Requirements for Unions

Legislation would increase transparency BY: Bill McMorris July 31, 2014 5:32 pm Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) has proposed legislation that will tighten disclosure requirements for labor unions. The South Dakota Republican introduced the Union Transparency and Accountability Act on Wednesday in an effort to reinstitute longstanding union transparency practices that the Obama administration rolled […]

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Top Senate Republican calls for repealing union-backed wage law

By Sean Higgins | July 30, 2014 | 11:42 am Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called for repealing the federal government’s Davis-Bacon Act, which sets wages for federal contracting work. Alexander called the law wasteful and counterproductive, saying it hurt unskilled workers and cost taxpayers money. “There is overwhelming evidence to support eliminating this law, and […]

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New charges in Ironworkers union vandalism case

By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: July 31, 2014 As a business development team, the “Shadow Crew” was effective, federal prosecutors said: One nighttime visit from the crew, and nonunion contractors reluctant to hire union ironworkers would change their minds and hire a few. Maybe, as charged in a superseding federal indictment […]