CEI Today: Coalition against fiduciary rule, forced disclosure of worker info to unions, and threats to the sharing economy

Friday, October 23, 2015
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33 Groups Call on Congress to Defund Portfolio Attack by Labor Department

A coalition letter signed by leaders of 33 leaders of free-market and conservative public policy organizations urges Congress to defund the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “fiduciary rule” takeover of 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The letter, coordinated by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, states that Congress “must exercise its power of the purse” to stop this “action by the administration that has attracted bipartisan opposition owing to the massive negative effects it would have on Americans’ retirement savings.” > Read more

> Interview John Berlau




Washington Examiner: Labor board expands burden on business to disclose worker info to unions

The requirement that employee contact information be disclosed has been one of the more controversial aspects because of its expansiveness. "It is already bad enough that the NLRB is forcing employers to betray employee trust by handing over their private information to labor unions that do not represent them. Now the NLRB is using the expanded [rule] to give unions another avenue to object to elections results that are unfavorable and force another vote," said Trey Kovacs, policy analyst at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read the Washington Examiner story



Depression-Era Laws Threaten the Sharing Economy

Ridesharing companies and other sharing-economy startups have operated somewhat freely thanks to the DOL’s relatively laissez-faire attitude toward contracting and other innovative work arrangements. All of that may soon change. > Read The Freeman commentary

> Interview Iain Murray



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