Labor Day Info from Heritage


Heritage Studies Growth of Unions Among Government Workers

Yesterday, Heritage labor policy expert James Sherk released his latest work on the growing influence of public sector unions. Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to improve working conditions and salaries for workers in the private sector, now pushes for ever-higher taxes to increase the generous compensation that government employees enjoy. Click here to read more about the changes in the union movement, and how Congress can react to this new reality.

Also, attached to this e-mail is a memo from the Conservative Action Project on the Influence of Big Labor.

And, here is a link to a study by Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Hudson Institute which demonstrates that while union executives adequately fund their own pensions, they leave rank and file pension plans in danger of failing (and being bailed out by the taxpayers).

First Principles Special Report

The Economic Principles of America’s Founders: Property Rights, Free Markets and Sound Money

In light of the stark differences between the economies of the present day and the late 18th century in which the Founders lived, can we learn anything about economics by studying the principles and approach of our Founders? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is “yes.” If we look to the actions they took and the rationale they offered for their actions, we will see that the Founders’ approach still offers us a guide to pressing economic questions of our day. Read on.

Putting Out the Fiscal Fire

In the latest edition of The Insider magazine, Heritage analyst Brian Riedl offers a five-point plan to tackle spending and debt.

In other articles, Jeffrey Cain reviews the efforts of Leftists to subvert the private, voluntary nature of American philanthropy and place it under the thumb of government. Randolph May describes the growing chasm between what the Federal Communications Commission does and what the First Amendment requires. Hans von Spakovsky reports on another growing threat to democratic accountability: the efforts of environmentalists to craft global warming policy through public-nuisance lawsuits. Cristina Goizueta and Rachel Kopec profile the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) and its great work providing a forum for conservative women on campus. And Ann Fitzgerald outlines an essential tool for any fundraising operation: the case for support.

If you are coming to DC for the 9/12 events, please let me know. We will have a booth at the Liberty Expo the 9th and 10th, and want to be sure we have plenty of Pocket Constitutions and Patriot’s Guides on hand for you to share with others during the weekend.