Franchises fear a “devastating” change to their business model

By Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post

On Thursday, in the middle of a vast convention hall floor in the bowels of the Javits Center, Pedro Gallegos stood at a podium and described how he had arrived in the United States from his native Ecuador—carrying just two suitcases. Within a few years, he and his wife were able to invest in a moving franchise called Two Men and a Truck. They’ve gone from two trucks to ten in San Diego, and have earned themselves a spot in the middle class.

SEIU 775 President Sells Out the Minimum Wage

By Maxford Nelson, Freedom Foundation

For many individuals, labor unions can elicit strong emotions. For some, belief in the power and worth of labor unions is quasi-religious, perhaps due to the similarities between the “Social Gospel” of some denominations and the alleged motives of the labor movement. It is not without reason that union halls are often referred to as “labor temples.”

SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After ‘Dues Skim’ Ended

By Jack Spencer, Michigan Capitol Confidential

The union that exploited Michigan’s home-based caregivers for the best part of a decade has seen its revenue tumble since the scheme that enabled the exploitation ended. SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That’s just 48 percent of the $11,307,314 it reported for 2012, the last full year during which the union’s dues skim was in place.