Publications & Studies

3/2/15

As our country continues to climb out of the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression, policy makers at multiple levels of government are pursuing a regulatory campaign that threatens a pillar of our economic growth—small business. Numerous regulatory changes, pursued outside of the legislative arena by political appointees, seek to upend well settled law and redefine those...

2/13/15

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) on February 5, 2015 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 NLRB's impending policy.

The Board...

2/12/15
 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is strongly opposed to the National Labor Relations Board's ambush election rule, which will be effective on April 14, 2015.  The new rule will stack the deck against employers while depriving employees of information they need to make a rational choice regarding unionization.  It ignores both employers' free speech rights and...

12/18/14

Raising the minimum wage has been a perennial topic of debate in Congress.  The federal minimum wage, introduced in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is currently $7.25 per hour and there are demands to increase it further. 

However, not all minimum wage increases are the same.  Organized labor, or groups funded by unions, often lead campaigns to increase the minimum...

4/14/14

INTRODUCTION: WORKER CENTERS AND THE PROMOTION OF MEMBERS-ONLY UNIONS

For nearly a century, the labor relations system of the United States has been premised upon the principles of industrial democracy and majority rule. Under this system, created by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), if a majority of employees in an appropriate unit wishes to be represented by a labor organization,...

11/21/13
 
This essay examines some of the actors, strategies and tactics behind the worker center movement
in the United States, with a focus on the relationship between...