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Labor Unions

OPINION: Acquiescent Teachers and Their Undemocratic Unions

While labor unions present themselves as democracies, a new report from the Manhattan Institute says unions are not as representative of their members as they claim, writes Larry Sand in UnionWatch. The report cites low turnout in union elections, higher voting rates among older members and incumbent leaders who go unchallenged for long periods of time and recommends new reforms to ensure more conservative members are heard.

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OPINION: San Francisco Transit Workers Average $123K Per Year – Reject 11% Raise

San Francisco municipal transit workers earn a compensation package averaging $123,000 per year and were recently awarded a pay increase of 14.25 percent, which California Policy Center researcher Robert Fellner argues is excessive in Union Watch. While municipal employees say the wage increase is justified because of San Francisco's high cost of living, Fellner says wages should be based on productivity instead.

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OPINION: Tales from the Unions’ Dark (Money) Side

While labor unions have criticized Citizens United, a recent Supreme Court decision that allowed increased campaign contributions by unions and corporations, they have themselves taken advantage of the ruling, writes Larry Sand on Union Watch. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently donated $480,000 to a Massachusetts candidate using sneaky means the union claims to oppose, Sand points out.

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NEWS: Regulators Aid Union Effort to Kill Franchising

Key officials from the US Labor Department recently participated in a conference sponsored by labor interests and liberal billionaires, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The officials offered remarks about their efforts to impose new regulations on franchise owners that could further empower labor unions but harm small business owners.

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EDITORIAL: Putting The Brakes On Unions' Free Ride On Employee Dues

While labor unions believe workers should be required to pay dues to the union, the Investor's Business Daily editorializes that workers should instead be able to choose for themselves. A recent ruling from the US Supreme Court struck down mandatory union fees paid by health-care workers and encouraged activists who advocate further reforms.

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