More Sean Higgins Articles

  • 'Workers centers are just third-wave unions,' says labor activist

    Jose Oliva, networks director for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, said so-called "worker centers" like his group were a "new form of unionism" that would replace craft and industrial unions. He made the comments in an interview with the public radio program Global Nation late last...

  • Updated: Labor secretary inaccurately cites his department's data in hearing

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez incorrectly cited data from his own department in a congressional hearing Wednesday to justify heightened safety inspections of auto parts manufacturers in the South, particularly Alabama. The actual data indicates that the state's manufactures maintain a lower...

  • Robert Menendez blocked GOP effort to honor Cesar Chavez's immigration stance

    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., found himself in the awkward position of having to object to a Senate resolution honoring the life and legacy of the late Latino activist and union organizer Cesar Chavez after Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., proposed amending it to highlight Chavez's long record of...

  • Further look at minimum wage polls finds support broad but shallow

    President Obama and the rest of the Democrats are pushing the minimum wage hike issue hard this week -- and why wouldn't they? It is one of the few issues they have right now that polls really well, with most surveys finding upwards of 60 percent to 70 percent of people backing it. Surely that...

  • Labor Secretary cites Cesar Chavez, ignores his opposition to immigration

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez invoked the late labor leader Cesar Chavez in an official statement, citing his "vision and moral example" should be used to, among other things, "fixing our broken immigration system." Left out of the statement was that Chavez was an outspoken opponent of...

  • NLRB says college football players can unionize

    A regional director for the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that football players at Northwestern University have a right to unionize, a decision with potentially major impact on college athletics.

  • Left-wing restaurant employee rights activist group does not allow its own employees to strike

    One of the major voices in the Left's push to raise the minimum wage -- the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, a nonprofit activist group that has organized protests and related events for higher pay and benefits at eateries across the nation -- explicitly forbids its own employees from...

  • AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka calls Obama trade policy 'same corporate-dominated process'

    Add Trumka to the list of people noticing that President Obama has not lived up to his prior rhetoric. In a speech Tuesday morning, he said the president had backslid on the promises he had made to organized labor regarding international trade.

  • Pennsylvania legislators eye ending union exception to stalker laws

    Legislation that would end an unusual loophole in Pennsylvania's anti-stalking laws that exempts union-related activity is slowing making its way through the Republican-led statehouse. It has a good chance of getting enacted, aides say. The Keystone State defines stalking as "following the...

  • AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka challenges Heritage's Jim DeMint to debate minimum wage

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has challenged Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint to a public debate on the merits of raising the minimum wage. Heritage says it would be happy to debate but would send the foundation's senior labor policy analyst, James Sherk, instead. The AFL-CIO has...

  • Job security declining for people in unions

    Economist Allison Schrager points out a little-noticed shift in the workforce that explains part of the membership problem Big Labor is facing: Union members are now experiencing declining job security. This is notable because job security is a key benefit to joining a union in the first...

  • Darrell Issa calls on Eric Holder to turn over secret interviews with former IRS official

    In a letter Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder turn over all documents held by the Justice Department in regards to a secret interview its attorneys conducted with former top IRS official Lois...

  • California's diversity undermining effort to reinstate college affirmative action policy

    Three Asian-American state senators killed an effort to reinstate affirmative action for college admissions in California. On Monday, Assembly Speaker John Perez announced he was shelving a bill that would have rolled back Prop 209, the 1996 ballot initiative that banned the practice, after the...

  • Why teachers unions back the child care block grant reauthorization

    On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Redevelopment Block Grant. The legislation would, as the title indicates, give states funds to pay for child care programs. Big Labor was a major backer of the bill, which -- not coincidentally -- would make it easier for...

  • Workers request VW not help UAW if feds order re-vote

    Three workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday saying it must prevent the German auto company from providing any further assistance to the United Auto Workers in its efforts to organize the workers. The complaint is...



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