Arizona’s controversial immigration law is coming to Louisiana, at least if Rep. Ernest Wooton’s (I – Belle Chasse) “Louisiana Citizens Protection Act” passes. The bill specifically targets people who hire day laborers off the streets,.
Illegal immigrants are set to find work with state contractors harder to come by. That is if employers participate in the federal government’s E-Verify program, as new legislation would mandate.
Rep. Tony Ligi (R-Metairie) is advancing new legislation that would make it possible for taxpayers to review the cost of collective bargaining agreements. The negotiations between public employers and labor unions would full under the Open Meetings Law
Sen. Danny Martiny (R-Metaire) has introduced legislation that would ban state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on publicly funded construction projects, which are backed by organized labor. PLAs boost construction costs and undermine competition, studies show.
Although the Obama Administration claims the U.S. is in an economic recovery, evidenced by a fall in the official unemployment rate, the employment-to-population ratio, is now lower than it was when the recession officially ended. Additionally, since 2009 the number of people who have been out of work for more than six months has increased 40 percent.
Tulane University Peace Action Committee (TUPAC) hosted a panel, “Sodexo Workers Speak Out,” that offered a worker’s inside-view which questioned Sodexo’s standards and practices.
Sen. David Vitter and other Republican lawmakers have introduced a “National Right to Work” bill that will protect employees from discriminatory practices in the workplace and guard against forced unionization. Studies show that “Right to Work” states outperform the more unionized areas of the country.
Public sector unions are boosting taxpayer costs in Louisiana just as they are in other states. The demonstrations in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Ohio relate back to a fundamental change in the composition of organized labor. For the first time in American history, more union workers are employed by the government than the private sector.
“Not only do public-sector unions hamper the effectiveness of government and the efficiency of business, they impede the ability of elected leaders to enact sound reforms.”
Kate Martin, of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, examines why unemployment has remained so high for more than two years. She believes a stable economic and political environment, rather than deficit spending, would foster job growth through greater employer confidence and certainty.