More Sean Higgins Articles

  • Supreme Court throws out NLRB appointments, along with the decisions they made

    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that three of President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were invalid because they occurred during a 'pro forma' session of the Senate.

  • Did caregivers in Illinois ever back a union in the first place?

    Illinois' own official legal brief in a case before the Supreme Court, known as Harris v. Quinn, raises the question of whether the Service Employees International Union ever had the support of a majority of the caregivers it forced to join a union in the first place.

  • Now EPA says it can't find emails requested by Congress because of hard drive crash

    The Environmental Protection Agency is now using the same excuse as the IRS is using in response to a Congressional subpoena: the computer ate our homework.

  • Illinois warns parents: You are replaceable

    Deborah Teixeira is in danger of literally being fired by the state of Illinois from her job as Juliet’s mother. The Peoria native has been warned that if there are more infractions, the state will send a replacement into her home to take care of her daughter instead.

  • Large majority of car manufacturing now in right-to-work states

    Even before Michigan passed a right-to-work law in 2012, US car manufacturing was drifting south to places like Tennessee that had long had the law.

  • 'Zero' thought given to changing Redskins name, team's lawyer says

    Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf said that no thought has been given to changing the professional football team's name in the wake of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision Wednesday to revoke six trademarks to the team's name and logo. The USPTO ruled that the team's name disparaged...

  • Only a quarter of Illinois home day care providers backed unionization

    Did a majority of Illinois day care providers ever really want to join the Service Employees International Union? That's the interesting question raised by a recent report from the conservative Illinois Policy Institute. In 2005, the state recognized the SEIU as the exclusive bargaining...

  • Redskins defy trademark ruling, say they'll defend name

    In a defiant statement issued Wednesday, the Washington Redskins said the team would appeal the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to revoke the trademark to the team's name and logo on the grounds that they are offensive to Native Americans. The professional football team added that...

  • Patent Office declares 'Redskins' offensive, revokes team's trademarks

    More than 80 years after Washington's professional football team first adopted the name, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has declared the term "Redskins" offensive and revoked the trademark. "[W]e decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled...

  • National Labor Relations Board rules employers wrong to fire profane employees

    In a pair of recent cases, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled against businesses who fired workers who used profanity in the workplace. In one case, the NLRB ruled that a business shouldn't have fired an employee even though he berated the owner to his face. In the other, the board...

  • Lamar Alexander calls on Senate to rein in National Labor Relations Board

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., proposed legislation last week that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from implementing a rule requiring businesses to turn over employees' personal phone numbers and email addresses during union organizing drives. Big Labor has long wanted the...

  • Michigan teachers union attacks credit rating of member seeking to leave

    Bangor, Mich., kindergarten teacher Kimberle Byrd thought that she was no longer a member of the Michigan Education Association. After all, the state had adopted a right-to-work law in late 2012, meaning workers couldn't be forced to join a union even if their workplace was organized. Since she...



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