Sure It Costs Jobs, But . . .

In a rare moment of candor, one of the labor unions strongly supporting initiatives around the country to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour admitted that it will cost the country jobs, but still supports it anyway.  Watchdog.com reported this week that IBEW Local 570 in Tucson, AR admitted in a host of tweets on…

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Right To Work Rejected in Illinois, Vetoed in Missouri

The Illinois House last week rejected Right To Work legislation last week on a mostly party line (71 democrats, 1 republican) vote of 72 – 0, with 37 republican members voting present another 4 not voting.  The vote was a defeat for Governor Bruce Rauner, who has championed right to work as a vehicle to…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do . . .

Hypocrisy was rampant from organized labor this week in the wake of Los Angeles adopting a $15/hour minimum wage over the next five years and then indexing it to inflation beginning in 2022, as we reported to you in SRNS last week.  In the wake of that “victory” by SEIU and its labor allies, Rusty…

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NLRB Grilled by Congress on Call For Briefs

We reported at the end of last month that the NLRB had issued a call for briefs to essentially challenge the validity of right-to-work laws currently in place in literally half of the states in the union.  Last week, the US Senate got into the act by grilling the NLRB leadership in a Senate Health,…

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Perez Wants Minimum Wage Hike And Then Some

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez made headlines over the past week on two different occasions and with two different issues.  First, he joined activists, elected officials and others to endorse legislation that was newly introduced by Washington Senator Patty Murray and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott.  The so-called “Raise the Wage Act” would increase the…

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Unions File 141 Ambush Elections Under New Rules

It certainly didn’t take long for the true impact of the NLRB new “ambush election” rule to be felt across the country.  In a supplemental brief filed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas in their legal challenge to the “ambush” rule, they report that just since the rule became effective on April 14…

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NLRB Now Attacks Right-To-Work

Speaking of the excesses of the National Labor Relations Board, the latest target of the federal agency run amok seems to be the 25 states that currently have Right-To-Work laws on their books.  Last week, the NLRB Board formally issued an invitation for briefs asking legal scholars around the country to present on the question…

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Richmond Meeting

We strongly encourage our members in the mid-Atlantic region to consider attending the DDIFO Member Meeting next Tuesday, April 21 at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel Richmond Airport.  We are thrilled to have Franklin Coley, Campaign Director for the Center for A New Economy and Attorney Douglas Duerr, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm…

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DOL Signals Increased Enforcement

US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified before Congress a week ago on the DOL budget request and in so doing, gave an impression that there will be increased enforcement by his department on perceived wage and hour violations.  Aside from minimum wage issues, the Obama administration is increasing their focus on overtime pay.  During…

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Maine Governor Pushes Ending Income Tax

Maine Governor Paul LePage last week announced that he will back a petition campaign to eliminate the state income tax entirely.  At a forum in Auburn, LePage blamed the income tax for many of the state’s problems and articulated his plan for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state income tax forever.  His current…

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