Summer 2009-Vol.21, No.2

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Why Labor Unions are Desperate to Pass EFCA
Declining membership levels, combined with heavy campaign spending, has created significant financial problems for labor unions. Organized labor is betting its future on passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which will make it easier for unions to increase membership through the card check process.

Rotten to the (Job) Corps
This federally funded, educational and career training program costs taxpayers $1.5 billion annually to provide training for disadvantaged 16-24 year olds in higher skilled jobs --a segment of the U.S. job market currently experiencing a talent shortage.  This article examines the pitfalls the Job Corps has faced since its inception in 1964 and why the return on taxpayers’ investment for this program has been negligible.

RAISE the Bar for Union Employees
A bill introduced in the 111th Congress called the RAISE (Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees) Act would allow employers to pay their union workers productivity and performance-based wages.  While it seems absurd that an act of Congress would be required for an employer to pay bonuses or incentives to its most productive union employees, labor unions’ collective bargaining agreements currently forbid the practice.

Workers' Compensation Has a Drug Problem
It’s surprising to learn that the cost of prescription drugs consumes the largest portion of the workers’ compensation dollar—more than any other medical service.

High Corporate Tax Rates Kill U.S. Competitiveness
U.S. labor productivity is among the highest in the world, but we continue to lose ground to other industrialized nations as a result of punishingly high corporate tax rates, ever-increasing employee benefits costs, the expense of defending lawsuits and other costs.

"U^" Unemployment Stats Might Make "U Sick"
The U.S. Department of Labor ranks unemployment stats in six categories, with U3 as the official rate and the media headline grabber.  But the U6 stats dig deeper into the nation’s unemployment situation and paints a more realistic, albeit bleaker, picture of the U.S. job market.