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By Sean P. Redmond 1/28/15 Early in his administration, President Obama made famous the adage “elections have consequences” as he explained to Congressional leaders how he would pursue his policy agenda vigorously. In the 2014 elections, voters in West Virginia elected a Republican maj...

By Sean P. Redmond  1/27/2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on January 23 released its annual report on union membership for 2014.  The report showed that union membership fell slightly from 11.3% to 11.1% of the workforce nationally.  Union membership in the private sector dipped from 6.7% to 6.6%, while public sector unionization grew from 35.3% to 35.7%.  In addition to the decline in overall membership, 1.6 million workers were represented under union contracts but were not union members, up from 1.5 million in 2013...  

By Sean P. Redmond 1/22/15 

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has created a perplexing mess for employers who rely on common-sense policies to manage their workplaces. Through a series of decisions, the Board has taken it upon itself to outlaw heretofore uncontroversial workplace rules under the dubious theory that they somehow violate workers’ rights. A recent decision highlights just how far the NLRB appears willing to go to undermine employers’ ability to run a business.

By Sean P. Redmond  1/16/2015

A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to rehear a challenge to Indiana’s right-to-work statute, thereby leaving in place a decision upholding the law.  Barring a successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the right-to-work law likely will survive organized labor’s attempts to overturn it in both state and federal courts...

By Sean P. Redmond 1/6/15

A coalition of trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, yesterday filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush election” rule...

By Sean P. Redmond 12/23/14

In recent weeks, three counties in Kentucky have taken steps toward passing right-to-work ordinances in their jurisdictions.  Last Friday, Warren County, Ky., became the first to pass the legislation, which would eliminate the requirement that workers join a union and pay union dues as a condition of employment.  

By Sean P. Redmond  12/19/14

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) today announced that it “has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC, as joint employers.”  The complaints include 78 charges alleging unfair labor practices at several McDonald’s restaurants around the country.  

By Sean P. Redmond 12/19/14

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) today released a new report, “Labor’s Minimum Wage Exemption: Unions as the ‘Low Cost’ Option,” which highlights union exclusions from specific minimum wage laws in a number of municipalities around the country.