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  • Backgrounder posted June 19, 2012 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell RAISE Act Lifts Pay Cap on Millions of American Workers

    Abstract: Federal law allows unions to impose wage restrictions on nearly 8 million American middle-class workers. Union contracts set both a wage floor and a wage ceiling—barring unionized employers from offering pay raises as reward for exceptional work without negotiating with the union. No matter how hard most union members work, they cannot earn higher wages than…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 2009 by Wes Dyck Like Your Health Plan? Too Bad

    There's a reason employers give their workers "benefits." From free parking to health insurance, the goal is to make employees happier. That way, they'll stay with the company and be more productive. Of course, the goal of any health plan is to provide the best possible care at the best possible price. Walking that line is difficult. Under current law it's at least…

  • WebMemo posted November 10, 2009 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell Decreasing Union Transparency: A Step Backward for Workers

    Each year, unionized employees pay billions of dollars in union dues. By law, unions must spend this money to advance the interests of union members. However without adequate financial transparency, union members cannot tell if their dues are being misspent. Recent regulatory changes by the Department of Labor (DOL) increased union financial transparency. This…

  • Backgrounder posted October 13, 2009 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell Time for Congress to Work Under the Same Rules as the Private Sector

    Abstract: All too often, Congress imposes restrictive and burdensome regulations on employers in the private sec­tor--while conveniently exempting itself from these same rules. Many Members of Congress are currently urging passage of the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act and RESPECT Act, which, again, would leave Congress untouched. This paper demonstrates…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2009 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell RAISE Act Lifts Pay Cap on 8 Million American Workers

    Federal law caps the wages of over 8 million middle class workers. Union contracts set both a wage floor and a wage ceiling--unionized employers may not give productive workers pay raises outside the collectively bargained contract. Unions usually insist on seniority-based pay and rarely allow employers to reward hard-working individuals. No matter how hard most…

  • Backgrounder posted May 28, 2009 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell, Ryan O’Donnell How the RESPECT Act Hurts Companies and Employees Alike

    The Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers (RESPECT) Act largely eliminates the definition of supervisor from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This change would undermine companies' efficiency and productivity. Specifically, it would: Necessitate the hiring of "deadweight" employees who add little value to the…

  • WebMemo posted March 31, 2009 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell Labor Union Snap Elections Deprive Employees of Informed Choice

    As public support for the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) fades,[1] three companies (Starbucks, Costco, and Whole Foods Market) have proposed replacing card check--the means by which employees indicate their support for union representation--with expedited elections: Workers would vote on whether to organize within a few days of unions filing…

  • WebMemo posted March 11, 2009 by James Sherk, Ryan O'Donnell EFCA: High-Pressure Spin Selling and Creative Organizing for Labor Unions

    After work, you and a couple of co-workers gather at the local pizza joint for a few slices and a beer. Your co-workers are buying! One of them asks you to sign in. Ready for a cold one, and focused on whether to go for pepperoni or maybe that new meat lover's pie, you sign. Congratulations! Under the rules of the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), you've…

  • WebMemo posted October 27, 2008 by Brian W. Walsh, Ryan O'Donnell Congress's Investigation into the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown: TheSo-Called Search for the Truth

    Although the subprime mortgage meltdown threatens to shatter the U.S. economy, Congress has thus far failed to conduct an honest bipartisan investigation into fundamental forces at the core of this crisis. Indeed, rather than focusing on the root causes that Congress is best positioned to investigate and understand--i.e., the effects of Congress's own policies and…

  • WebMemo posted September 9, 2008 by Ryan O'Donnell, Sally McNamara The Return of History: Confronting the Russian Bear after the Georgian War

    Updated: 9.11.2008 Last month, Russian aggression reasserted itself in the form of Soviet-era T-62 tanks rolling through the streets of Gori. The Russian-Georgian war rocked the geopolitical landscape, unearthing both dormant and new challenges. In the days and months ahead, the international community-sovereign nations and transnational organizations…

  • WebMemo posted September 2, 2008 by Ryan O'Donnell, James Phillips Textbook Appeasement: The State Department and the Islamic Saudi Academy

    Updated 09.02.08 Pop quiz: Murder is permissible if the victim is: (a) An apostate (b) An adulteress (c) A polytheist (d) All of the above If you answered (d), then you are either a hardened Islamist hunkered down for a last stand in Mosul or a twelfth-grade student at the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Alexandria, Virginia. While the above quiz…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2007 by Wes Dyck Bill from Wonderland: The employment-verification system won?t work.

    The amnesty provisions of the Senate immigration-reform bill have torched a firestorm of controversy. Overlooked amid all the sturm und drang is the chilling fact that the proposal's worksite-enforcement provisions would tremendously expand federal intrusion into the labor market. Title III of the bill would insert the feds into hiring decisions made by every U.S.…

  • WebMemo posted June 1, 2007 by Wes Dyck, William W. Beach, James Sherk The Senate's Workplace Immigration Enforcement Proposal: Too MuchFederal Meddling

    Mostly overlooked in the controversy over the Senate's immigration legislation is the massive expansion in the reach of the federal government's power over labor markets that is embedded in its worksite enforcement provisions. The legislation's third title calls for unleashing the IRS and immigration police on businesses and workers. These provisions would insert the…

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