CEI Today: Labor union lawsuits, Obama's GROW AMERICA Act, credit card interchange fees, and more

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In the News Today

 

LABOR UNION LAWSUITS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Suing McDonald's
 
Today, the National Labor Relations Board commences over sixty consolidated lawsuits by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and union front groups such as the Fast Food Workers Committee against McDonald’s. The suits claim franchisor McDonald’s USA and certain franchisees jointly employed and retaliated against protesting workers. If the government forces this new "joint employer" status on employers, it would have a huge impact not just on employers but consumers, small business entrepreneurs, labor union power, and litigation, says CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan.
 
 


OBAMA'S GROW AMERICA ACT - MARC SCRIBNER

Administration's GROW AMERICA Act 2.0 Mixes Bad with Good

 

The administration’s GROW AMERICA 2.0 proposal isn’t all bad. In fact, it contains two very smart elements that Congress should attach to their own reauthorization package.
 

First, the administration proposal would repeal the current prohibition on states tolling their own Interstate segments. Second, the current cap on tax-exempt private activity bonds, which bring financing parity to infrastructure development by allowing the private sector to take advantage of similar debt instruments as the public sector, would be raised from $15 billion to $19 billion. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner
 


CREDIT CARD 'INTERCHANGE' FEES - IAIN MURRAY 

 

International Panel Outlines Problems with EU Interchange Fee Regulation
 

Interchange fees are the fees levied by banks and payments card networks from merchants and vendors when a consumer uses a payment card to purchase a good or service. The proposed EU regulation will cap these fees. The experience from the US suggests that these rules will be costly to the people of Europe, and especially to people on minimum wage who find it hard to afford bank fees already. > Read more

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