By Sean P. Redmond 2/25/15
Wisconsin's legislature is considering a right-to-work bill that would make the Badger State the 25th state to adopt such legislation if it passes. Leaders of the Wisconsin Senate and State Assembly have declared they have the votes to do just that, and late last week, Gov. Scott Walker announced that he would sign the measure when it is presented to him.
By Sean P. Redmond 2/11/15
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing February 11 to examine the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial “ambush election” final rule. The Committee heard testimony from a panel of labor experts who explained the enormous implications of the Board’s rule.
By Sean P. Redmond 2/10/15
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) on February 5 held a hearing to examine the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) effort to vastly expand its “joint employer” standard. The committee heard testimony about the dubious legal reasoning and damaging effects of what appears to be the Board’s impending policy. Read the U.S. Chamber's submitted testimony attached below.
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 majority in the state senate, which will bring consequences of its own, as that body now appears ready to consider a right-to-work statute.
By Sean P. Redmond 1/27/15
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 1/16/15
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...