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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Oregon Union Members Want the Option to Represent Themselves

By Steve Buckstein National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW, August 14-20, 2016), aims to educate union members across the country about their rights to opt out of union membership and stop paying some or all of their dues and fees to … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, Labor, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Minimum wage hike: Hidden costs of compensation

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon currently has the second-highest minimum wage in the nation, behind only Washington State. That is due largely to the 2002 passage of Measure 25, a Constitutional amendment that raised the wage and requires it to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Labor | 37 Comments

New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Food Stamps, Government reform, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, President Obama, Progressivism, Unemployment | 23 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

Minimum Wage Follies

By Steve Buckstein Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics. In this case, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Oregon Government, State Budget | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Rep. Bill Kennemer on Salem Dems’ anti-business agenda

House Republican Office Rep. Bill Kennemer Sends Message To Oregonians: I Do Not Remember When I’ve Seen Such An Anti-Business Agenda

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Labor, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 1 Comment

Call to rebuild America’s once proud and productive workforce

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Labor Day is a national holiday that is set aside to commemorate the working public. It is a day dedicated to celebrating being gainfully employed. It is meant to honor the myriad attributes that “having a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Jobs, Labor | 32 Comments

Ads exposes SEIU agenda behind Seattle $15-hr min wage

International Franchise Association WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Franchise Association, the world’s largest organization representing franchise owners, launched an ad campaign this week to inform Seattle residents about the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) well-planned, strategic attack on independently-owned, small … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:30 | Posted in Jobs, Labor, Uncategorized, Unions | 44 Comments

Oregon should be 25th state to adopt Right to Work Law

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In a truly free market economy, labor relations should be decided in voluntary negotiations between business and labor interests. People should have the right to work in any labor environment that is mutually acceptable to the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | 46 Comments

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

Franchises sue Seattle over $15 per-hour min wage equal treatment

International Franchise Association Federal Complaint Alleges Discrimination Against Franchisees  SEATTLE – The International Franchise Association (IFA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade group, and five franchisees today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle on June 11, 2014, seeking to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Labor, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court Illinois SEIU case affects Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The United States Supreme Court is currently deciding an Illinois labor dispute that may have major implications in Oregon.  Illinois Governors Blagojevich and Quinn have written and issued Executive Orders establishing that health care providers, who … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | 20 Comments

Irony watch: Center advocating for higher wages sued for not paying workers

by Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org A workers’ center based in New York City that uses protests and other union-organizing tactics to push for an increase in the minimum wage was sued by some of its own employees. The reason: failing to pay … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:47 | Posted in Employment, Labor, Unions | 1,736 Comments

New face of labor organizing, using tax dollars

by Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Labor activists using tactics adopted from the Occupy Wall Street movement are crashing restaurants across the nation in an effort to raise wages for workers – and they’re getting taxpayer money to fund the effort. Using a … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:31 | Posted in Labor, Unions | 20 Comments

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