Trey Kovacs is a policy analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public policy non-profit group in Washington, D.C.

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January 25, 2019, 12:24 PM EST
Earlier this week, I took a look at legislation that has been enacted to undercut the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Janus v. AFSCME. Unfortunately, state legislatures are just getting started. Today, I’ll examine a bill introduced in Oregon.
January 24, 2019, 2:22 PM EST
Prior to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, government unions were already devising ways to keep members and dues flowing. In a previous post, I discussed some of the ideas that the National Education Association put forth to lessen the impact of a potential Supreme Court decision that ruled forced union dues unconstitutional.
August 21, 2018, 2:44 PM EDT
Every worker should be able to decide whether union membership is right for them. And workers who do not want union representation should be able to negotiate directly with their employer. These principles are celebrated every year during National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), which runs from August 19-25 this year. During this week, over 100 organizations promote pro-worker freedom reforms and educate workers on their rights.
September 27, 2017, 11:23 AM EDT
No worker should be forced to financially support an organization against his or her will. For too long, government employee unions have possessed the power to compel workers to pay for representation they may not want.
August 1, 2017, 11:38 AM EDT
A union organizing campaign at one workplace does not normally generate national headlines, but the 10-year-plus effort by the United Automobile Workers to unionize the Canton, Mississippi Nissan plant is an exception.
July 19, 2017, 11:52 AM EDT
Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), wrote a letter this week to the Federal Trade Commission requesting a review of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods.
April 20, 2017, 11:51 AM EDT
Congress should eliminate federal employee union subsidies.
January 30, 2017, 11:57 AM EST
2016 saw a drop of about 240,000 union members.
December 14, 2016, 11:22 AM EST
A federal court put the final nail in the coffin of the Dept. of Labor's misguided persuader rule.
December 9, 2016, 12:38 PM EST
Do federal agencies face any limits on their power?
November 23, 2016, 1:43 PM EST
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez learned a harsh lesson this month.
September 28, 2016, 4:13 PM EDT
Union release time, has flown under the radar for decades.
August 5, 2016, 9:19 AM EDT
It seems like there is no slowing the CSR trend, or is there?
April 14, 2016, 10:57 AM EDT
Public sector workers in over 20 states must continue paying union dues, like it or not, after the Supreme Court deadlocked in Friedrichs v California Teachers Association last month. But state legislatures can take action to help teachers, librarians, bus drivers, and a whole host of other state and local public employees. Lawmakers can implement specific reforms to increase worker choice or allow non-union members to stop paying dues to a union they do not want.
August 17, 2015, 10:32 AM EDT
The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled that state employees cannot be required to pay dues to a union or risk being fired. This is but the most recent victory for worker freedom. In the past three years, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have enacted right to work laws, which free workers from paying dues to a union they do not support, and likely never voted for.