$15 Minimum Wage Will Hurt Workers

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

So Los Angeles is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, and then indexes the wage to inflation, so that it will never fall below this level in real terms. The politicians who have passed this law are understandably very excited that many low-wage workers — perhaps almost half of the city’s labor force — will be getting raises, some from the current minimum of $9. I’m sure the workers themselves are pretty excited about having more money in their pockets. What’s less clear is what happens next.

Teacher Background Check Legislation Stalls

By Jordan Cuddemi, Valley News

Legislation that could provide school officials with more information about a prospective employee’s criminal record stalled in the New Hampshire Senate last week after the state’s top teachers union raised privacy concerns.

Put an end to prevailing wage

The Detroit News

The Legislature is on its way to repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. The measure artificially drives up the costs of public construction projects for schools and other government buildings. That’s bad for taxpayers, school districts and job seekers.

NLRB

Defund the Partisan NLRB

One of the primary objectives of the National Labor Relations Act is to remedy the perceived “inequality of bargaining power” between employees and employers. However, the National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the NLRA, has tilted the playing field too far in favor of labor unions by bestowing upon them greater bargaining power than employees or employers.

Yes, Right-to-Work Is Good for the Economy

By Paul Gessing & D. Dowd Muska, RealClearPolicy.com

Earlier this month, University of New Mexico sociologist Tamara Kay wrote a lengthy article largely devoted to attacking our organization and its research on right-to-work (RTW) laws. The piece is riddled with specious charges; here, we respond to the three most egregious ones.

Farm-labor case appears headed to Supreme Court

By Dave Kranz, agalert.com

A sweeping state appellate court decision, ruling part of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act unconstitutional, sets the stage for an eventual state Supreme Court decision on the act’s mandatory mediation and conciliation provisions.