The NLRB Shows Union Favoritism

Unions have always had special privileges in America, but ever since 1973, when United States v. Enmons exempted them from compliance with the Hobbs Act, unions have received privileges that no one else could even dream of. U.S. v. Enmons held that violence for the cause of “legitimate” union objectives is not counted as extortion. That is an extraordinary privilege to say the least.

How the UAW Lost Tennessee

By Trey Kovacs, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Foreign automakers located in the South, known in the industry as transplants, have long been a target of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union’s organizing strategy.

How the unions strike gold on the Silver Line

By Mark D. Obenshain, The Washington Times

Last week, the contractor for the first phase of the Silver Line Metro extension certified that Phase One was complete. The Silver Line will eventually take riders deep into Loudoun County, beyond Washington Dulles International Airport.

Congress Takes a Step on ‘Micro-Unions’

By Fred Wszolek,

Congress took a crucial step last week to protect the rights and freedoms of American workers and employers. Despite efforts by Big Labor bosses to block progress, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 4320) and the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 4321).

Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

The Washington Post

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

Lobbying for a $12 cheeseburger

By Mike Paranzino, The Hill

In a recent op-ed in the Congress blog, LeeAnn Hall and the Restaurant Opportunities Center’s Saru Jayaraman decry “influence-peddling” that they say is rigging the system for big business and thwarting their push for a minimum wage hike. Their panic is understandable: since the Congressional Budget Office reported that a $10.10 minimum wage mandate would kill about 500,000 working class jobs through 2016, the Senate wage hike bill has stalled.