The Economic Standard: Biden’s Inflationary Goal

June was another record-breaking month for U.S. inflation, with the Consumer Price Index reaching 9.1%. While American families struggle with the rising cost of living, the Department of Labor (DoL) has promised regulatory changes to the classification of independent contractors that will only increase inflationary pressures on the U.S. economy and exacerbate the financial struggles of millions of Americans. […]

Coalition Letter Asks DOL to Retain Rules that Advance Self-Employment Opportunities

In response to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) announced plans to engage in rulemaking on employment status determination under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ACI joined a large coalition asking that the DOL retain its January 7, 2021 rule and not impose unwarranted government barriers on independent contractors. The full letter is available here.

David Weil’s Nomination Is Another Attack on Worker Freedom

On January 4th, 2022, the United States Senate officially received President Biden’s nomination of Dr. David Weil’s nomination to serve as the Wage and Hour Division Administrator at the Department of Labor. While Dr. Weil is undoubtedly qualified to lead the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division, his nomination represents the Biden Administrations’ continued […]

Town Hall: NLRB Policy Will Leave Workers Worse Off

In September 2021, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) underwent a leadership change with the appointment of Jennifer Abruzzo as General Counsel. Her appointment follows two new Democratic members, Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty, being confirmed over the summer, resulting in a 3-2 Democratic majority. The General Counsel determines which cases are brought before the […]

Right to Work is Pro-Worker

Few would remember that in 1944 while the  United States was fighting Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, the state of Florida adopted the nation’s first right to work law that gave workers in the state a constitutional right to opt-out of union membership. Despite giving workers the right to opt-out of union membership, the constitutional […]

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, […]