Blueberry Justice

The Wall Street Journal

Some rare good news from the Obama -era regulatory wars: Those two Oregon blueberry growers who took on the U.S. Labor Department in a now-famous “hot goods” dispute are winning in court.

For a modern Labor Day: American apprenticeships

By Thomas Perez (U.S. Secretary of the Department of Labor), The Star Press

When you hear the word “apprenticeship” what comes to mind? Blacksmiths and candlestick makers? Ben Franklin apprenticed as a printer before opening a print shop of his own, and we are still reaping the benefits. George Washington apprenticed as a land surveyor before his military and political career, a fitting skill for the “father of our country.”

Feds should leave Oregon blueberry farmers alone

By Jared Meyer, Statesman Journal

The U.S. Department of Labor has been extorting admissions of employment law violations from American blueberry farmers. Two judges have found that the department’s use of “hot goods” orders for perishable goods to be coercive.

Do Higher Minimum Wages Create More Jobs?

By Liya Palagashvili and Rachel Mace, The Wall Street Journal

Since the release of the May jobs report, President Obama and many in the media have been crowing about new evidence allegedly showing that minimum-wage hikes stimulate job growth.

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say

By Dave Ranney, hayspost.com

A state official charged with overseeing Medicaid-funded services that help people with disabilities live in community-based settings rather than in nursing homes said Tuesday that coming changes in federal wage and hour rules are likely to increase costs, reduce access to care and give beneficiaries less say in deciding who will provide their care.

How the Department of Labor Extorts Blueberry Farmers

By Jared Meyer, economicpolicyjournal.com

The Department of Labor has been extorting admissions of employment law violations from American blueberry farmers. Two judges have found that the Department’s use of “hot goods” orders for perishable goods to be coercive. Yet, the Department continues to appeal its case and its actions were the subject of a Congressional hearing last week.

Sen. Thune Introduces Bill to Combat Union Corruption

By Carl Horowitz, National Legal & Policy Center

If sunshine is the best antidote to corruption, then Senator John Thune, R-S.D., must be opening a lot of windows. Last Wednesday, July 30, Sen. Thune unveiled the Union Transparency and Accountability Act (S. 2688), a measure that would require greater transparency in the information labor organizations report to the Department of Labor.