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McConnell-Grimes Outcome Could Decide Whether Kentucky Goes Right-to-work

TCF fellow Moshe Marvit tells Politico that Mitch McConnell's re-election could tip the scales in favor of right-to-work laws in Kentucky. 

Moshe Marvit, a labor lawyer and fellow at the liberal Century Foundation who’s been following the Kentucky right-to-work fight, says leaders of Kentucky’s GOP establishment are working closely with the National Right to Work Committee. Last year, the McConnell campaign drew criticism from campaign finance watchdogs when it hired Dimitri Kesari, a former government affairs director for the National Right To Work Committee previously accused by its former staffer, Dennis Fusaro, of being involved in an off-the-books fundraising operation for the National Right to Work Committee.

Red the full article at Politico.

Tags: right to work, mcconnell, labor unions, grimes, 2014 midterm

Franchise Org Will Launch Labor Law Website

TCF fellow Moshe Marvit talks to Politico's Morning Shift about a new website from a trade group for fast food franchises. The website aims at educating franchisees about labor law requirements. Says Marvit:

Corporations have to be careful in trying to control how the individual stores treat workers … or else it further bolsters the argument that they are joint employers with the franchisees.

The new website was announced as the national Labor Relations Board considers whether or not to consider McDonald’s as a “joint employer” with its franchisees for labor law purposes.

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Tags: politico, nlrb, national labor relations board, mcdonalds, labor law, franchisees

Freeriding on the labor movement

TCF fellow, Amy B. Dean writes about the benefits that unions have created in an article for AlJazeera America.

American communities depend on collective action. Fire and police departments are great examples: They can function successfully because all of us pay in — not only those whose houses have burned down or been burglarized.

These institutions work on the principle that the most effective way to protect individual interests is for all to contribute a little for the common benefit. When someone doesn't contribute, everyone suffers. If someone didn't want to chip in for firefighters or police officers, but still expected the benefits of these collective protections, they would be considered freeloaders and their behavior would be rightly vilified.

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Tags: unions, union rights, union organizing, union, labor unions, labor organizing, labor movement

Proposal for Union Membership to be a Civil Right

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit have been quoted in a Tri-States Public Radio article about the Ellison-Lewis Bill.

Progressive Democrats are fighting back against employers that break the law by introducing legislation on Capitol Hill that makes free association with unions a Civil Right.

Democratic Congressmen Keith Ellison, of Minnesota, and John Lewis, the Civil Rights pioneer from Georgia, on July 30 introduced the Employee Empowerment Act, a measure that would shield labor organizing from retaliation like protections against other forms of discrimination. The legislation would make joining a union a legally protected Civil Right by bringing union membership under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – the same legislation that bars employment bias based on race, gender, religion, national origin, etc.

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Tags: unions, union rights, union organizing, union movement, labor unions, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, labor organizing, labor movement, labor laws

Labor Rights are Civil Rights

TCF fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg talks to Labor Lines about why labor organizing should be a civil right.

Chris Perez examines “Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right” a book which offers a unique solution to the anti-union discrimination that has become so prevalent in the United States. Finally, several aspiring union women labor broadcasters interviewed each other about training female leaders in the union movement.

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Tags: unions, union rights, union organizing, union movement, labor unions, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, labor organizing, labor movement

Belabored Podcast #59: Labor Rights as Civil Rights, with Moshe Marvit

TCF fellow, Moshe Marvit talks about labor rights as civil rights, in an interview for Dissent Magazine.

Unionization has always been about labor rights—but is the right to form a union also a civil right? How might the politics and culture of organized labor change if society saw unionization not simply as an exercise of collective power in the workplace, but as an individual entitlement, part of one’s economic citizenship? We explore this question with Moshe Marvit, a Century Foundation fellow who recently helped turn the idea into legislation now pending in Congress. We also discuss minority unionism, technology and labor exploitation, and how our concepts of labor rights are evolving in response to economic shifts and intensifying legal attacks on the labor movement.

Listen to the entire podcast here.

Tags: unions, unionization, union rights, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, labor organizations, labor movement, civil rights


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