Today’s News & Commentary — July 8, 2015

ON LABOR

The National Labor Relations Board dropped its latest right-to-work battle, in which it planned to reconsider the 39-year “precedent that forbids unions in right-to-work states from requiring non-union members to pay ‘fair share fees’ when filing grievances with their employer” Politicoreports. The NLRB and the United Steelworkers had sought an exception to an administrative law determination that the union violated the NLRA by requiring a non-union member to pay a fee for the grievance process, but they recently withdrew their motions. Congressional Republicans and right-to-work advocates have welcomed to the news.

In the New York Times, Thomas B. Edsall analyses whether job losses from international trade outweigh economic gains. In short, it depends who you ask. Business claims that producing exports creates millions of jobs, and trade reduces costs for import-dependent industries; pro-labor groups contend that the U.S. loses millions of manufacturing jobs to lower-paying countries. Labor…

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