News and Views


It’s Baaaack…

By Justin Hakes 10/8/2015

In Washington, D.C., no bad idea stays dead forever.  Sure enough, earlier this week an old — and bad — idea to manipulate how workers decide whether to unionize resurfaced in the U.S. Senate.  Introduced by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, the so-called “Workplace Democracy Act” would effectively end secret ballot elections (where workers vote in private on unionization) in favor of “card check” campaigns (where workers have to “vote” in public)...


The AFL-CIO’s Seven Pernicious Principles

By Glenn Spencer 10/7/2015

On October 5, the AFL-CIO released what it called the Seven Principles of Collective Action.  Quite simply, they call for a radical reshaping of our system of labor laws in a way that would harm workers, employers, and the economy...  


No Joking Matter in Nevada

By Andrew Wynne 10/7/2015

A rat, a cockroach, a pig and a cat stop a man from walking into a casino…Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. 

Unfortunately, this really isn’t a joke.  A recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  administrative law judge (ALJ) decision (Laborers Local 872 (NAV-LHV, LLC), No. 28-CC-148077), permitting unions to display banners and inflatable animals in front of a workplace, left businesses targeted by these tactics without a reason to even crack a smile...  


Myths Behind the White House Worker Voice Summit

By Randy Johnson and Glenn Spencer  10/6/2015

The White House will host a summit Wednesday dedicated to what it calls “worker voice.” This term could mean many things to different people, but to the administration it means unions. The summit, it seems, will be largely devoted to proclaiming the value of unions and convincing workers that rebuilding the power of organized labor is the key to restoring the middle class, increasing wages, and reversing income inequality. However, the evidence to support this thesis is patchy at best...


The UFCW’s Rough Week

By Sean P. Redmond  9/22/15

The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) had a rough week in the latter part of September, with news breaking about the indictment of a former organizer and a schism in its signature organizing campaign.