Information of Interest
Foundation Announces Availability of Unionism Information -- February, 2009
“Collective bargaining is no bargain”
The August 2008 edition of the Arkansas Municipal League’s City & Town magazine contained an opinion piece by Public Service Research Foundation President David Y. Denholm titled “Collective bargaining is no bargain.”
This article analyzes the problems with the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act,” H.R. 980, which would use the power of the federal government to impose unionism and collective bargaining on state and local public safety – police, fire and rescue – departments in states that have not enacted laws granting public sector labor unions monopoly bargaining privileges.
“Collective bargaining is no bargain” examines the democratic government problems inherent in imposing collective bargaining on the employer-employee relationship in the public sector. It then deals with the specific provisions of the legislation being considered by Congress.
Mr. Denholm describes the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” as an unconstitutional unfunded federal mandate.
The article is a condensation of remarks Mr. Denholm made in a presentation to the Tennessee Municipal League’s 2008 Annual Meeting.
To view the article as it appeared in City & Town magazine click here.
Zogby Poll on "Employees' Perceptions of Labor Unions" -- September, 2006
2005 Zogby Poll Finds Workers Reject Unions -- July 22, 2005
Survey Finds Mixed Opinions On Labor Unions -- March 4, 2004
Unions Suffer Dramatic Losses
Bureau of Labor Statistics Report "Union Members 2002"
Unions Playing Politics With National Security
Union officials and their allies in Congress, anxious for any excuse to attack President Bush, are making an issue of the fact that the legislation to create a Department of Homeland Security contains a provision allowing the President to exempt some of the Department's employees from some civil service protections, notably union representation. (July 8, 2002) Read more.
Labor unions don't understand the law of demand. Read Organized Labor and Economics," foundation president David Denholm's reflections on the AFL-CIO's recent 4 cents per member per month dues increase to fund its political activity. (May 23, 2002)
"Program Evaluation: An Analysis of Kentucky's Prevailing Wage Laws and Procedures (2002)," a study by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission finds that the process of setting prevailing wages on public works construction is flawed and can't make accurate determinations. The analysis says the same is true of the federal process for setting Davis-Bacon Act wages. The full report, #304, can be downloaded or may be ordered from their web site.
The next edition of the Public Service Research Foundation's quarterly journal, Government Union Review, will contain a review of the study.
Here's another example of the dangers of arbitration. Overlawyered.com, a web page chronicling the high cost of our legal system and the foibles of the legal profession, reports on an arbitrator's ruling reinstating a school employee who was dismissed for coming to work with a high level of cocaine in his system. They note that the school has a zero tolerance policy for students.
The consistently best source of information about the National Education Association and union influence on education in general is the Education Intelligence Agency eiaonline.com. The EIA Communique is a lively, well written weekly look into the inner workings of the teacher unions. In "New Unionism Five Years Later: The Talk Vs. The Walk," the April 1, 2002 EIA Communique takes a look at the vision and the reality of NEA president Bob Chase's New Unionism.
On March 12, 2001, foundation President, David Denholm, was a featured speaker at a meeting of the Virginia association of Chiefs of Police. He discussed legislation in Congress to impose unionism on state and local police and fire departments, HR 1475/S 952. Copies of his remarks are available upon request
Employment and Union Membership 2001
The Public Service Research Foundation now has available the state by state, sector by sector data from the Current Population Survey on employment and union membership for 2001. We are in the process of producing a series of reports contrasting the relative and actual levels of employment and unionism in the public and private sector for each state. In addition, information is available about levels of unionism in the manufacturing and construction industries. Inquiries about this information are welcome.
New Data Shows Public Unions Dominate In Oregon -- March 5, 2002
New Data Shows Public Unions Dominate In California -- February 27, 2002
New Data Shows Decline of Unions In Tennessee -- February 25, 2002