History of At-Will Employment: Created Out of Thin Air?

I‘d always heard about how Major League Baseball’s exemption from antitrust law was based on a long-ago Supreme Court decision that ruled the sport did not (catch this one: DID NOT) engage in interstate commerce. Funny thing is, no Supreme Court decision since that one nearly 90 years ago has ever overturned its obviously false […]

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Lesson of Japan: Maybe We Do Need EFCA

Japan’s dirty little immigration secrets are starting to come to light, and they’re not pretty. A little history from The Japan Times: Back in the 1980s, “official” Japan became worried that labor was getting too expensive, threatening its manufacturing and exports. Importing cheap labor was at first ruled out as a solutionbecause it would debase […]

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American Dream Destroyed by…Real Estate?

I‘ve always thought of the American Dream as including home ownership. You know, having your own place to tool home to and relax after a hard day’s travail. Now, two economists at Chapman University (which is actually fairly near the American Dream abode to which I retire each evening) have asked a serious, intriguing question–and […]

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Merging and Purging Their Way to Billion$

I‘m no fan of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), but the principle of organizing for better wages and benefits is a sound one–until it’s abused. And union abuse is largely what doomed (along with better products from foreign competition) the so-called Big Three automakers in Detroit. So, in unions you have a good thing […]

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Hostage-Taking Trumps Card Check Anyday

As is their wont, the French reject American culture while embracing and perfecting it, in their own inimitable way. Take the example of unionization. France is widely unionized. You can hardly visit there without the garbage collectors or air traffic controllers or railway operators going on strike for this or that. They all work for […]

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Employment Increases in D.C.–and North Dakota?

One can easily understand how employment continues to rise in Washington, D.C., even as every other state in the union continues to stay even (three states) or lose workers to unemployment (the rest save one), but the Peace Garden State (aka Flickertail State and Roughrider State)? Yup, North Dakota has evidently managed to live both […]

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What Takes 7.6 Billion Hours to Produce Each Year?

Now, if you think about it, there’s only one institution in our nation capable of wasting that many hours of people’s time…our good ol’ government. For the answer to what takes that long, think April 15. Yup, it takes all of us and our tax preparers and accountants and whoever else is involved 7.6 billion […]

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‘Someone’s Gotta Go,’ a Fox Reality TV Show That’s Gotta Go

Fox has announced plans for an upcoming reality TV show that’s based on downsizing an office staff in tough economic times called Someone’s Gotta Go. Here’s how it’s described at ABCnews.com: The show will highlight a small business that needs to downsize because of the economy, but instead of the bosses deciding who gets the […]

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The Burger King Complex and Health Care

This comment by an emergency room physician is so juicy and right on that I just have to reprint it here from another blog–sorry about that, blogger, but I did give you a backlink: Your reader’s response to Megan got a lot closer to the core of the problem with healthcare costs. I am a […]

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HR 1355 Replicates EFCA But Without Card Check

Introduced in the House of Representatives on March 5, the National Labor Relations Modernization Act (H.R. 1355) is like EFCA’s little sister. The main difference is that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) allows for instant unionization when a majority of employees sign a card–the infamous card check provision. What the Modernization Act calls for […]

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