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What happened to the Apple store union campaign?

August 5, 2022 // “This isn’t Starbucks, where you have 10 employees and can make the decision to organize quickly,” says Dave DiMaria, a representative for IAMAW. “Towson took tons of planning and education. We had all our dominos painstakingly set up before we took this thing public.” Now, Towson workers have elected a bargaining committee and are preparing to negotiate a contract. “We’re in that transition period now,” says Kevin Gallagher, a member of the bargaining committee. “But we’ve been getting a lot of reach outs from other stores. So the idea that it’s gone silent is incorrect; it’s just that stores are attempting to organize as quietly as possible to not bring the wrath that we got or that Atlanta got.” Deirdre O’Brien, John Logan, Beth Allen, communications director at CWA,

NLRB: Mine workers to pay Alabama coal company over $13M

August 5, 2022 // A federal oversight board ordered the United Mine Workers of America to pay more than $13 million in compensation to an Alabama coal company where members have been on strike for more than a year, a ruling the union said Wednesday it would challenge. The National Labor Relations Board said Warrior Met Coal Mining was due some $13.3 million for costs including increased security, damage repair and lost revenues from unmined coal, and individuals were due almost $30,000, mostly for damage to vehicles. Both amounts included interest. Cecil E. Roberts,

Opinion: With Inflation High, Unions, Suppress Wages

August 7, 2022 // Good luck getting a big raise if you’re in a union right now. That’s the unspoken message of a July 29 report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It showed that nonunion workers’ nominal pay in June was up 5.8% year over year, compared with only 3.8% for union workers’. The gap has been widening for a year. Why? Inflation. This divergence makes sense when you think of how union contracts operate. Unions negotiate long-term collective-bargaining agreements between workers and employers, with a typical contract lasting three to five years. That locks in the union’s gains but leaves it with little bargaining power or flexibility when something sudden or severe, like the current inflation, hits. So unless the contract is about to expire, union members are trapped when they need the freedom to negotiate better raises much faster.

Federal Employees’ Job Satisfaction Surged Under Trump, Slips Under Biden, Survey Finds

August 9, 2022 // According to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, federal employees’ overall satisfaction surged under the administration of then-President Donald Trump, and has already tumbled under the administration of President Joe Biden. Between 2016 and 2020, employees’ overall satisfaction rose by 8 percentage points. Over just the first year of the Biden administration, from 2020 to 2021, federal employees’ overall satisfaction plummeted 5.3 points. Public Service Reform Act, Rep. Chip Roy, Blueprint for Reorganization,

Opinion: Amidst inflation, President Biden should refocus his efforts on expanding flexible work careers for Americans

August 9, 2022 // Why is championing flexible work through reforms so important? Independent contractors make up a sizeable portion of the 59 million freelancers in the U.S. economy, employ tens of millions of additional workers under their contracts as small businesses, and are often the entrepreneurs that grow successful new businesses in communities. Modern Worker Empowerment Act, California Supreme Court

How to Make Official Time Even Worse

August 10, 2022 // AFSCME Council 8 had included in its contract with Cincinnati that the city would divert the equivalent of four hours of annual vacation time from all city workers and give it to the union. Those funds would compensate the city for the official time used by union members. This didn’t save taxpayers anything, since they were still ultimately paying for the official time. Rather, what it did was take even more money away from the workers, who were already paying regular union dues. Most Cincinnati city workers had no idea this was happening. The practice has been discontinued following a lawsuit by the Freedom Foundation, which argued that the arrangement violated the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus ruling, which said that government workers’ pay could only be diverted to unions with the workers’ affirmative consent.

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Ken Girardin

State senators to get a harsh reality check as their own workers unionize

SEAN HIGGINS

Competitive Enterprise Institute

How to Make Official Time Even Worse

Michael D. LaFaive

Mackinac Center For Public Policy

Right-to-Work Impact Study First Measure of Michigan, Indiana Laws

Rachel Greszler

Heritage Foundation

Report Shows Corrupt IRS Employees Typically Keep Their Jobs. Some Even Get Promoted.

Austen Bannon

Americans for Prosperity

Opinion: Amidst inflation, President Biden should refocus his efforts on expanding flexible work careers for Americans

MAILEE SMITH

Illinois Policy

For Whom Do Illinois Union Leaders Work?

Vinnie Vernuccio

Institute for the American Worker

Opinion: With Inflation High, Unions, Suppress Wages

Marc E. Fitch

Connecticut Inside Investigator Yankee Institute for Public Policy

Hartford teacher files complaint over union representation

Brigette Herbst

Americans for Fair Treatment

Unions have enough power in Albany; legislative staff shouldn’t unionize