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By Nathan Mehrens Will Rogers is reported to have once said, “be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” While there are certainly many areas where we’re not getting what we pay for, one area where the problem is particularly acute is in an obscure federal personnel practice known as “official time.” Official time is a practice […]
By Nathan Mehrens Is the practice of forcing public sector employees to pay agency fees to unions on the way out? Based on my observation of the oral arguments in the Supreme Court on Monday in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, I think the answer may be yes. This case involves a challenge to the practice of the forced payment […]
Americans for Limited Government Foundation President Nathan Mehrens outlines how the SEIU is driving the growth of government.
By Dustin Howard Here is one defund Congress might want to look at in the upcoming omnibus spending bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016: Stopping the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) war on the franchise business model. In business, predictability is usually a prerequisite for growth. The business that can successfully project what its costs are should know […]
By Nathan Mehrens In today’s workforce, union membership isn’t as widespread as it once was. Years ago the percentage of private sector employees who were members of unions was much higher. In 1974, nearly a quarter of the private sector workforce was unionized. Now, that figure is 6.6 percent. In an attempt to curtail this downward trend, many unions have […]
By Nathan Mehrens After several years of debate, the Canadian Parliament last week passed legislation to require financial transparency from labor unions. This is a monumental achievement deserving of praise. It was not easy. I had the privilege to be present for some of the debates on this legislation back in 2012. The unions and their allies, in typical fashion, […]
By Nathan Mehrens With the coming of spring, baseball season, and longer daylight hours, another type of sunshine arrives — light on union finances. At the end of March, the financial reports for unions in the private and federal sectors for the previous calendar year come due. Those unions with receipts of $250,000 or more file the Form LM-2 with […]
By Nathan Mehrens Stephanie Hicks, former president of the union representing employees at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, was recently arrested after being indicted on charges of bank fraud, forgery, and aggravated identity theft charges. The charges are related to her alleged embezzlement of $132,000 from the union, American Federation of Government Employees Local 2207. Hollis Lindley, Jr., […]