The great unknown: The $15 minimum wage

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

The push to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour has caught fire among Democrats. Once considered politically unrealistic even by many on the Left, it has since been approved in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Empowering individual workers rather than union bosses

By Rick Berman, The Washington Times

This week, Sen Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, and Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, introduced a new proposal to rebalance the rights and the law regarding employees and union bosses. The Employee Rights Act (ERA) is a package of widely supported reforms that will stop workplace abuses of both union and non-union employees by big labor unions. The ERA gives individual employees the power to control their own money, personal information, and choice for legal representation in the workplace.

ABC Continues Successful Fight Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

The Truth About Project Labor Agreements

In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total cost on a case-by-case basis. Many merit shop advocates of fair and open competition predicted it would lead to billions of dollars’ worth of federal construction contracts being awarded to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces—without true competition from qualified merit shop contractors.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, National Labor Relations Act and more

The National Law Review

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Tribe) owns and operates Little River Casino Resort, whose revenues provide half the Tribe’s budget. The casino employs 107 members of the Tribe, 27 members of other tribes and 771 non-Indians. The majority of the casino’s customers are non-Indians. The Tribe’s Fair Employment Practices Code (FEPC) gives the Tribe the extensive authority to determine the terms and conditions under which collective bargaining may occur and prohibits strikes.

A looming European-style jobs wasteland

By Rick Berman, The Washington Times

Former gang members in Los Angeles can get paid to remove tattoos, work at cafes, and do other odd jobs at a nonprofit company called Homeboy Industries, which tries to transition ex-cons back into the workforce. In Europe, similar transitional work charities exist for a less marginalized group — the long-term unemployed.