Government Unions v. Everyone Else

By Larry Sand
“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.” The above caveat about government unions – usually known by the kinder and gentler “public employee unions” – was not issued...

TAGS: ALEC, Donald Trump, government unions, Koch Brothers, Mike Antonucci, National Right to Work Foundation, public employee unions, Rebecca Friedrichs, Right to Work, United Auto Workers

As Right-to-Work Expands, So Do Union Membership Rolls

By Vincent Vernuccio
Editor’s note: This is an edited version of an article first published in the Washington Examiner on May 4, 2016 under the title, “Right-to-work strengthens workers.” In March, the United Auto Workers reported that its membership grew 1.3 percent in 2015. This may come as a surprise to some because a substantial number of UAW...

TAGS: United Auto Workers

Labor Union Day

By Larry Sand
Labor Day has become little more than an opportunity for union leaders to puff out their chests and make grandiose statements about the glories of organized labor. As a way to build their brand, union leaders typically pit management against labor, portraying the worker as David fighting greedy entrepreneurs and corporate Goliaths. This is especially...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Deroy Murdock, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Koch Brothers, Larry Sand, Manhattan Institute, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Teamsters, Unions, United Auto Workers, United Federation of Teachers

The United Auto Workers on the Skids?

By Vincent Vernuccio
Summary: it’s been a long, slow slide for the United Auto Workers, which hit its peak in the early 1950s. Defeated in a critical unionization election in the South and facing a critical change in state law in its home base in Michigan, the UAW has responded to the challenge by raising dues and by...

TAGS: Rick Snyder, Right to Work, Unions, United Auto Workers

Rank and File Union Membership Post Victories

By Dave Bego
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued its decision in the matter of Harris v. Quinn. In its decision not to exempt all public workers from paying union dues, it was nevertheless apparent that workers were handed a victory over unions (see Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Challengers to Union Fees, But Avoids Broad...

TAGS: Dave Bego, Harris vs. Quinn, seiu, Service Employees International Union, UAW, Union Conservatives, United Auto Workers

Big Labor and Allies Escalate Tactics as Mid-term Elections Approach

By Dave Bego
Activity by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as several of the largest labor unions, over the past two weeks evidences the Obama Administration’s growing anxiety as the mid-term election approaches. The Administration, facing loss of the Senate and ultimate control in...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, seiu, Service Employees International Union, United Auto Workers

UAW Cries Foul at Moment of Reckoning

By Dave Bego
Friday, February 14, 2014 must have felt more like a “Friday the 13th” to the UAW An aggressive campaign supported by the powerful I.G. Metall German Union, Volkswagen corporate offices in Germany, and reminiscent of the SEIU’s Death by a Thousand Cuts campaign against my company and our employees, was defeated as Volkswagen Workers in Chattanooga Reject Auto Workers...

TAGS: Neutrality Agreement, UAW, United Auto Workers

Mistrust Leads to Shocking Union Defeat in Tennessee

By Mike Shedlock
Efforts by the United Auto Workers to unionize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant failed today in spite of the fact that Volkswagen chose to cooperate closely with the UAW. Volkswagen allowed UAW organizers to campaign inside the factory—a step rarely seen in this or other industries. Mistrust Sinks Deal By a vote of 712 to 626...

TAGS: UAW, United Auto Workers

Don’t Force Workers Into Unwanted Union Representation

By Vincent Vernuccio
Many opponents of right-to-work in Michigan try to portray it as an either/or issue. Either unions have to represent workers who are not paying them, or workers are forced to accept and pay for unwanted representation. But the truth is, Michigan can have its cake and eat it, too. Union supporters derogatorily call workers who...

TAGS: United Auto Workers