1/24/2015

Michigan's Right-to-work law slowly reducing unionization

Between 2013 and 2014, the number of workers represented by unions fell by 25,000, the number of union members fell by 48,000 (an 11% drop).  To put it differently, 96.4% of those covered by unions were previously members and now it is down to 92.7%.  Since the right-to-work law only applies when union contracts have to be renegotiated and most contracts last three years, the drop will continue for at least a while over time.  In addition, as more people leave the union, it will probably reduce the social pressure on others to remain in it.  After four or five years, we will probably have a much better measure of how much additional freedom workers in Michigan have gotten.

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1/18/2015

Obama administration won't let Hobby Lobby decision apply to Religious groups, says just closely held corporations can exercise religious freedom

It seem pretty clear that the Obama administration is just being punitive and make religious organizations bear the legal costs of going to court.  From Fox News:
The Obama administration says faith-based nonprofits should comply with ObamaCare‚Äôs birth-control mandate because they have more leeway than the corporations that won a Supreme Court ruling on the issue last year. 
Government attorneys made the argument on Thursday to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, after pro-life ministry Priests for Life asked the court to reconsider a ruling it made last fall that requires religious nonprofits to object in writing to regulations that require employer health care plans to insure contraceptives . . .

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