Labor Day and Who Pulls the Communal Cart

Each Labor Day is marked by parades, picnics, ball games, barbecues for family and friends, and perhaps fireworks. In between these colorful spectacles, a few with a taste for history might steer the conversation toward thanking labor unions for their early role in improving working conditions. Today’s heroes – those who fund national defense and […]

American Workers Must Not Be Treated as a Pinata by Unions and Government Agencies

In June 2018, the Supreme Court removed the burden of mandatory payment of union dues by public employees.  Until then, public employees had been forced to pay at least a “fair share” portion of dues related to union costs for employee grievances and physical safety.  A  Supreme Court decision in 1977, known as Abood v. […]

Labor Productivity and Artificial Intelligence

Economic growth is needed to provide income for workers and to provide tax revenues that support our defense and safety net government programs.  Without Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, it is difficult to justify higher wages and it becomes near impossible to fund government at the desired levels.  The advent of robotics and artificial intelligence […]

France’s President Macron Pushes for Labor Law Reforms

Once again, we are disappointed by video of France’s ugly side — the specter of union members blocking roadways to protest yet another policy they don’t like.  This time they oppose President Macron’s update to French labor law.  Mindful of decades of rigid labor laws, France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, said “Labor law is not […]

ACI in Real Clear Policy: Overcoming the Skills Shortage

If President Trump and the Congress move forward with tax reform, U.S. businesses stand to gain trillions of discretionary dollars from lower tax burdens, repatriation of their net profits held overseas, and incentives that would permit the expensing of capital investment. While this would give American businesses the capital they need to buy more equipment, […]

Increasing the Cost of Low-Skilled Labor Does Not Create Jobs

The Presidential election is over but we are still subjected to misinformation about US jobs being taken offshore.  The straight truth is that some US jobs were lost due to lower wages for foreign labor, but a larger portion of US manufacturing jobs lost were lost due to automation and productivity here in the US.  […]

NLRB Wastes Self Employment Jobs

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that contract workers who unionize can negotiate with both the parent company and their direct employer.  This forces the parent company to be “responsible for workers they haven’t hired and conditions over which they have no control.”  The NLRB’s radical stance upends the long […]

Labor Day: Who Actually Pulls the Communal Cart?

Each Labor Day is marked by parades, picnics, ball games, barbecues for family and friends, and perhaps fireworks.   In between these colorful spectacles, a few with a taste for history might steer the conversation toward thanking labor unions for their early role in improving working conditions. Today’s heroes – those who fund national defense and […]

“Sharing” an Opportunity to Get It Right

The U.S economy has been slow to grow employment and it has left paychecks without noticeable increases. In the five most recent quarters, labor productivity decreased by 3.1%. Flat wages are to be expected when labor productivity is stalled. Besides increasing economic output, productivity could be increased by better organized workflow, improving work skills, increasing […]