Category Archives: Labor

Liberal fantasies and the promise of conservative common sense

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Collective bargaining means less-affordable services for taxpayers

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of the minimum wage

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Minimum wage hike is a way to abdicate responsibility

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The myth of the gender wage gap, part 2

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Unions: ‘As dead as a Ding-Dong’?

Tweet 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. … Continue reading

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The myth of the gender wage gap

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The ultimate reform for public employee unions: ditch them

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Reality squashes farmer’s plan to hire local labor

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Obama jobs plan: math or class warfare?

Tweet   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, … Continue reading

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In-depth interviews help shed light on Ogden education debate

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Uproar in Ogden: middleman frets about losing its clout

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Ogden School District: a radical approach to teacher pay?

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Rotten to the core: Georgia’s enforcement-only policy

Tweet   Those who crafted HB 116 did so with their eyes wide open to the realities of the complex immigration issue. Yes, the federal government needs to fix its terribly flawed immigration policy. Yes, illegal immigrants living in Utah … Continue reading

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Public employee unions: a ‘50-year mistake’?

Tweet Recent events in Wisconsin have caused many people to consider what role, if any, public employee unions should play in negotiations over salaries and working conditions. Though on a smaller scale, events this week in Sandy and Salt Lake … Continue reading

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