House Dems Sideline Amnesty, Minimum-wage, For Fall 2014

By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

Democrats planning this fall’s election campaign will sideline the president’s call to hike the minimum wage and his effort to double the inflow of foreign workers and immigrants, say Democrats who briefed a New York Times reporter on their 2014 campaign research.

Labor Secretary Pledges Aggressive Defense of Workers’ Rights

By Melanie Trottman, The Wall Street Journal

New Labor Secretary Tom Perez pledged a vigorous defense of workers’ rights in his first major speech to organized labor Tuesday, sketching out an agenda that hit on the movement’s core issues but raised some concerns among the business community.

CITING OBAMACARE, 40,000 LONGSHOREMEN QUIT THE AFL-CIO

By Warner Todd Huston, Big Government

In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

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Could a Unionized Federal Employee Reject a Visa Application for Political Reasons?

Now that IRS officials have been caught red-handed targeting conservative organizations, it is reasonable to ask whether officials at other federal agencies also need more careful oversight. In the IRS’s case, the problem was systematic and involved direct orders from superiors, but no fair estimation of politically-motivations affect agency decisions can ignore the fact that in most instances it would not be systematic or have such a clearly stated policy. Immigration decisions provide a useful case and point.

INFLUENCE GAME: Tech industry, big labor wrangle over high-tech jobs for foreigners

The Washington Post

To the U.S. technology industry, there’s a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it’s more sinister: The push by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to expand the number of visas for high-tech foreign workers is an attempt to dilute a lucrative job market with cheap, indentured labor.