Union financial transparency comes to Canada

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, […]

Yearly dose of sunlight for labor unions

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 […]

Taxpayer funded labor official arrested for defrauding workers

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., […]

Reining in NLRB hurts administrative state

By Robert Romano In December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued controversial new regulations on union representation elections, significantly reducing the period between the filing of a petition and a union election occurring. Through shortened election periods, the agency is limiting the time an employer has to communicate with his or her employees about the implications of unionizing the firm. […]

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Raising the minimum wage: Figures don’t lie, but liars figure

By Don Todd Both the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are strong proponents of raising the minimum wage.  For instance on July 18, 2012, Mary Kay Henry the President of SEIU emailed her members the following: “Together with organizations like the National Employment Law Project, CREDO, and Moms Rising, the 99 percent are […]

Is the NLRB the most anti-labor Agency under Obama?

By Richard Manning A strange thing happened upon examining an obscure report issued by the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management on how much money and personnel hours are spent conducting labor union business by taxpayer funded employees. It was discovered that the National Labor Relations Board, an agency whose reason for being is to ensure that the nation’s labor […]

SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today

By Brad Tidwell The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fast Food Forward is targeting fast food companies like McDonald’s and Burger King with illegal acts and widespread civil disobedience, escalating their efforts in their “Fight for 15” $15 minimum wage campaign. “They’re going to use nonviolent civil disobedience as a way to call attention to what they’re facing,” promised […]

Public Employee Union Day

By Rick Manning Labor Day is the traditional last day of summer, often celebrated by final trips to the shore and followed by public pool closings and other signs that the world is battening down the hatches for colder weather. However what most don’t realize is that the day itself was originally created by organized labor to call attention to […]

Like day follows night, union corruption continues

By Nathan Mehrens This Labor Day weekend as you see labor union leaders extolling the supposed virtues of their organizations, remember that like day follows night, union corruption continues. At the federal level, in fiscal year 2013, the latest year for which complete data is available, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) obtained 97 indictments and […]

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