Category Archives: Labor

Poll: 82% of Utahns support right to work

  Roughly 4 out of every 5 Utah adults support allowing union employees to leave their union without force or penalty, a concept generally referred to as right to work. That’s the finding of a new poll, released today by … Continue reading

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Hypnotized by the minimum wage – Mero Moment, 6/3/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I got my first job when I was 15 years old loading groceries into cars at one of the nation’s first membership stores … Continue reading

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Liberal fantasies and the promise of conservative common sense

A family devastated when a parent comes home with news that they’ve lost their job. Human dignity crushed under the weight of multi-year unemployment. Hope for a better financial future slowly drained away by a seemingly endless drought of good … Continue reading

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Collective bargaining means less-affordable services for taxpayers

Do you think paying 12 percent more for a house than you need to is a good idea? What about when it comes to services provided by state and local government employees? Economists at Miami (Ohio) University and Trinity University[i] … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of the minimum wage

Minimum wage arguments are often laden with good intentions. Of course everyone believes in a fair wage for an honest day’s work. However, what’s generally lacking in the push for a minimum wage is an understanding of the broader consequences … Continue reading

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Minimum wage hike is a way to abdicate responsibility

Earlier this month I wrote a brief post explaining why raising the minimum wage is a dumb idea from an economic perspective and harms the very people it’s supposed to help. In a nutshell, setting an arbitrary minimum wage may … Continue reading

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The myth of the gender wage gap, part 2

Last summer, I wrote about a 2009 government-financed research report which provided evidence that the so-called “gender wage gap” – the idea that women get paid less than men because of baseless discrimination – is largely a myth. The body … Continue reading

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Unions: ‘As dead as a Ding-Dong’?

The latest to fall victim to unions? The Twinkie. Hostess, the maker of the iconic Twinkie, announced it is filing for bankruptcy after unions rejected the company’s reduced union benefits proposal. In short, the unions wouldn’t blinkie. Goodbye, Twinkie. James … Continue reading

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The myth of the gender wage gap

The modern feminist movement cares most about appearances, not realities. Let me endeavor to illustrate this to you. Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was intended to help combat wage … Continue reading

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The ultimate reform for public employee unions: ditch them

In the wake of yesterday’s bigger-than-expected margin of victory for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election, we thought we’d highlight just what his reforms have accomplished so far and suggest the “ultimate” reform: end public employee unions by … Continue reading

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Reality squashes farmer’s plan to hire local labor

  With unemployment hovering around 9 percent, some have argued that if we could just “deal with” (read: “round up and ship out” or “starve out”) undocumented immigrants, there would be enough jobs to go around. After all, they’re taking … Continue reading

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Obama jobs plan: math or class warfare?

  During Monday’s press conference from the Rose Garden of the White House, President Obama used a nifty sound bite to describe his new jobs proposal. He said, “This is not class warfare, it’s math.” And then, it seems, he … Continue reading

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In-depth interviews help shed light on Ogden education debate

  We have been writing a lot about the Ogden School District’s decision to sign its teachers on an individual basis and to move toward a pay-for-performance plan. These steps are important ones that could gradually help change the landscape … Continue reading

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Uproar in Ogden: middleman frets about losing its clout

  Much ado has been made by several groups (e.g., here and here) opposed to the Ogden School District’s (OSD) decision to move to a performance-based pay system for teachers. A key part of their objections is a perceived lack … Continue reading

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Ogden School District: a radical approach to teacher pay?

  The Ogden School District is offering its teachers a take-it-or-leave-it employment contract (including a 1.6 percent raise) which each teacher must sign individually by July 20 or risk becoming unemployed. The district decided to act on its own after an impasse … Continue reading

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