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Address by Scott Walker - Event Audio/Video

2013 National Lawyers Convention
Scott Walker, Dean A. Reuter November 22, 2013

Scott WalkerGovernor Scott Walker of Wisconsin addressed attendees of the Federalist Society's 2013 National Lawyers Convention on Friday, November 15, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Governor Walker was introduced by Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups for the Federalist Society. [Watch or listen now!]

Arizona v. U.S.: Immigration Policy & the Economy - Event Audio/Video

2012 National Lawyers Convention
Ana Avendano, H. Christopher Bartolomucci, John C. Eastman, Margaret D. Stock, Stephen F. Williams November 19, 2012

Arizona v. U.S.: Immigration Policy & the Economy - Event Audio/VideoThe Labor & Employment Law Practice Group hosted this panel on "Arizona v. U.S.: Immigration Policy & the Economy" on Thursday, November 15, 2012, during the 2012 National Lawyers Convention.

Labor & Employment: Arizona v. U.S.: Immigration Policy & the Economy
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Ms. Ana Avendaño, Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO
  • Mr. H. Christopher Bartolomucci, Partner, Bancroft PLLC
  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service, Chapman University School of Law
  • Prof. Margaret D. Stock, Counsel, Lane Powell PC and Adjunct Instructor, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Moderator: Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

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Big Labor's Tyranny of the Minority: Forced Union Dues in Politics

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 1996
Edith Hakola, W. James Young November 04, 2009

The AFL-CIO has received much attention for its $35 million campaign to bring a Democratic majority back to Congress. Federal Election Commission reports show union political action committees spent $95 million on politics in 1992. However, labor experts estimate that three to five times as much -- $300-$500 million in soft-money largesse -- is doled out directly from union dues coffers, collected as compulsory dues from individuals nationwide.

For years, the increased radicalism of Big Labor officials has been politically divorcing AFL-CIO and NEA bosses from their membership. The 40% of union members who voted for the Republican candidates in 1994 saw nearly 100% of union political spending go to Democratic candidates. The millions of dollars provided by these compulsory fee-paying employees is probably the single largest element of unreported political spending -- garnered through the federal privilege granted to labor unions to collect forced dues from individual employees as a condition of employment.

Defending First Principles and Missing a Golden Opportunity

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 3, Winter 1998
Andrew Siff August 25, 2009
In Toledo Area AFL-CIO v. Pizza, 154 F.3d 307 (6th Cir. 1998), the Sixth Circuit disagreed with the Ohio courts concerning the constitutionality of a provision of the Ohio Campaign Finance Reform Act banning public employers from administering wage checkoffs for political causes. This conflict created an ideal opportunity to seek Supreme Court review of campaign finance reform. The Pizza decision also provides a thoughtful exegesis of the fundamental First Amendment principles.