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SEIU’s California Ballot Initiative Threats

Published December 4th, 2013 -

As we noted a few days ago, SEIU is contemplating several ballot initiatives in California ostensibly related to controlling hospital health care costs which it says it will drop if California hospitals agree to some form of organizing/neutrality agreement wit... More »


NLRB Takes on Walmart

Published November 19th, 2013 -

The NLRB’s enforcement arm issued a press release yesterday announcing that it plans to take action against Walmart for alleged unfair labor practices by the company against employees who protested or planned to protest the company last Thanksgiving. Acc... More »


Members-Only Unionism in Right-to-Work States

Published October 24th, 2013 -

In a new paper, Catherine Fisk and I urge the National Labor Relations Board to relax the rule of exclusive representation in right-to-work states.  We argue that federal labor law should allow unions in those states to organize, bargain on behalf of, and repr... More »


Unions and Coercion, Cont'd (one more time)

Published October 22nd, 2013 -

Wrapping up what (to me) has been a useful debate, VerBruggen offers a thoughtful reply to my latest post on the coercion question.  He writes: My argument that unionism is coercive depends on the fact that the government is involved. If you work for a company... More »


James Sherk on Conservatives and Alt-Labor

Published October 22nd, 2013 -

James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation writes in: As a conservative who works on labor policy issues for the Heritage Foundation, I partially agree with Jack’s post on Conservative Support for Alt-Labor. I absolutely agree that the 8(a)(2) ban on alternative f... More »


Unions and Coercion, Cont'd

Published October 21st, 2013 -

Robert VerBruggen has some productive thoughts in response to my post on “Conservatives, Alt-Labor, and Coercion.”  He asks us to put ourselves in the place of an employee who begins work at a firm when the firm is nonunion, and to imagine that the workforce t... More »


Conservatives, Alt-Labor, and "Coercion"

Published October 21st, 2013 -

Jack posted an excellent set of comments last week on Robert VerBruggen’s piece Why Conservatives Should Love Alt-Labor.  Both the piece and Jack’s comments are worth a close read.  I agree with VerBruggen and Jack that alt-labor should appeal to libertarians.... More »


BART Unions to Strike Friday

Published October 17th, 2013 -

BART unions plan to strike tomorrow after failing to reach an agreement with management. As we have been covering, the negotiations have been ongoing for several months, finally culminating today after a 30-hour bargaining session. While some progress was made... More »