Watchdogs Slam President’s Perez Power Play

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Rumors that President Barack Obama may tap controversial Labor Secretary Tom Perez to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder are drawing fire from government and labor watchdogs.

The White House is considering naming Perez to be the nation’s top law enforcement official, according to a report published Monday by Politico. Perez, a two-time Obama appointee at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor, would succeed Holder, whose tenure was marred by controversy, scandal, and calls for his resignation.

Missing in Action

Gary Peters

Michigan Democrat Gary Peters’ quest for the Senate has come at the expense of his duties in the House of Representatives.

The three-term congressman has skipped 31 votes since April, making him one of Congress’ biggest no-shows, according to GovTrack.us, a congressional watchdog group. Peters’ habit of skipping votes has placed him at the bottom 15 percentile among all representatives.

NLRB to Employers: Go to Hell

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Bosses should be wary of punishing profane and insubordinate employees, according to one prominent law firm.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal labor arbiter that oversees employee relations and union elections, has issued a series of rulings in recent years protecting insubordinate employees. Cursing out one’s boss may violate social norms and common sense, but the agency says it can also be construed as protected activity.

Fight for the Right to Franchise

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Hundreds of small business owners flocked to Capitol Hill on Wednesday urging lawmakers to address labor regulations that could disrupt nearly 800,000 businesses.

The 350 entrepreneurs represented a diverse slice of the U.S. economy, including plumbers, yogurt storeowners, and automotive repairman. The only common denominator between them was their affiliation with franchising—the system in which entrepreneurs pay corporations to operate under their brand while taking independent control of day-to-day operations and local profits.

Cablevision Workers to Union: Get Out

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio / AP

Unionized employees at the Cablevision television company are itching to leave their union, according to a new poll.

An independent pollster hired by the company asked 264 workers at a Brooklyn plant whether they wanted to remain in the Communications Workers of America union. More than 90 percent of employees participated in the poll and anti-union voters prevailed 129-115 in the anonymous vote.