Making Youth Unemployment Worse

–The unintended negative effects of raising minimum wage rates By Randall Pozdena and Steve Buckstein President-elect Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of one of the nation’s largest fast food chains to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The food preparation … Continue reading

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The Worth of Public Employee Unions

What is the worth of a public employees union? Well not much these days according to the actions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU announced last week that its members must be prepared for a thirty percent (30%) … Continue reading

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What’s ailing Oregon education?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our state government’s spending addiction and our failing public school system are Oregon’s two most serious and pervasive problems. According to the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, this is the number one tax-and-spend state in the West. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:22 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Budget | 4 Comments

Two-Thirds of Oregon Union Members Want to End the Unions’ “Forced-Rider” Problem

By Kathryn Hickok and Steve Buckstein Last month, National Employee Freedom Week (August 14-20, 2016) called attention to the rights of union members to opt out of union membership if they choose and to stop paying dues and fees to unions … Continue reading

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Washington’s War on Millennials

By Jared Meyer Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and achieving success will be more difficult for these so-called Millennials than it was for young people in the past. This is because politicians … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Liberalism, Life, Obamacare, Right-to-Work | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Employee Freedom Respects Workers’ Choice

By Kathryn Hickok Why might workers like the opportunity to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their own money rather than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what … Continue reading

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Court case could challenge SEIU’s clout

by Sen. Doug Whitsett One reason Democrats continue to politically dominate Oregon is the strength of organizations such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). That public employees’ union represents local, state and federal employees throughout the country. It has … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work | 21 Comments

Put Individual Rights Above Those of Powerful Unions

By Steve Buckstein By the time the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case next June, Rebecca Friedrichs may be the most well-known public school teacher in America—and the most controversial. She is asking the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Initiative & Referendum, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Government, Uncategorized, Unions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Free Speech vs. Compulsory Union Dues

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, I wrote the following column. Last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. CTA which will deal precisely with the issue discussed in my column. There … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Ethics, First Amendment, Free Speech, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 19 Comments

Join a Union or Pay? Not So Fast, Say Oregonians

A public opinion poll released this week reveals that 84% of Oregonians agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union. The poll of 500 Oregon adults was … Continue reading

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Free Speech vs. Collective Bargaining (Non-legalese)

Last week’s column dealt with the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harris v. Quinn. This is the case in which the court ruled that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could not require individuals who received public funds … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Free Speech, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 577 Comments

The End of the Agency Shop for Public Employees?

  As the government of President Barack Obama steers a steady course towards government intrusion in all aspects of life, the United States Supreme Court appears to side instead with individual rights and liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 484 Comments

Employee Freedom for All Oregonians This Labor Day

While the first Labor Day was celebrated as a “workingman’s holiday” 131 years ago, today Americans in all sectors of the economy celebrate the day. And when we are remembering the effort that has gone into improving the working conditions … Continue reading

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Could Oregon Be the Next Right-to-Work State?

Date: September 5, 2013 Time: 7 PM Place: Clark College’s CTC Building, Vancouver, WA Price: $10 per person On Thursday, September 5 Cascade Policy Institute will be partnering with the Freedom Foundation to host the Northwest Employee Freedom One Night … Continue reading

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More than thirty percent of Oregon union households want out

Right to Work policies in 24 states allow workers the freedom to join or not join a union. Oregon, however, is one of the 26 states without such employee freedom. Here, if a workplace is organized by a union, workers … Continue reading

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Pinning the Tail (PERS) on the Democrat/Union Donkey

Two items have appeared in the headlines in the past week in Oregon. The first is the intransigence of the Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek (D-Portland), to seriously address the continuing financial crises for our cities, schools, and healthcare … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Taxes | 7 Comments

End Forced Unionism Now

The failed June 5th recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was supposedly over collective bargaining reform, but syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer points out that the real battle was over ending automatic collection of union dues by government: “Without the … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Economic Outlook Slips Again in 2012

Hit hard by the national recession, Oregon lawmakers started the regular 2011 legislative session―and then the new shorter annual 2012 session―with calls to create jobs. By the time those sessions ended, little had been done to encourage job growth in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Right-to-Work, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 70 Comments

Right-to-Work in Oregon: 50,000 new jobs in 5 years

Oregon Transformation Here in Oregon, if you are employed by a company or an organization that uses union labor, you will be forced to join the union and/or pay dues. Right-to-work states do not require workers to join unions and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Right-to-Work, State Budget | 61 Comments

Conservative union members speaking out

by NW Spotlight Conservative union organization supports a national right-to-work law Terry Bowman, founder of Union Conservatives and a UAW member, spoke before Congress yesterday. He’s been an assembly line worker at Ford Motor Co.’s Rawsonville, Michigan plant for 15 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:56 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Right-to-Work | 5 Comments

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