Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

Feb
2016
5

KY Judge Overturns One Local “Right-to-Work” Law; Labor Prays Precedent Will Prevail Elsewhere

KY Judge Overturns One Local
  A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that Hardin County’s attempt to create a local “Right-to-Work” law is illegal, despite the fact that the state government gave local legislators increased powers in 2014.  The lawsuit was brought forward by nine AFL-CIO unions.  According to U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, only state...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
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Jan
2016
29

Docs Reveal Brutally Illegal Interference in MT Elections by National Right-to-Work Committee

Docs Reveal Brutally Illegal Interference in MT Elections by National Right-to-Work Committee
  A bevy of newly uncovered documents detail the amount of influence the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) had in coordinating the primary elections for state legislature in Montana.  As a 501(c)4 “social welfare” group the NRTWC cannot engage in “direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf...
Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...
Jan
2016
22

Conservative Missouri Talk Show Host Goes Union with IBEW, Denounces “Right-to-Work”

Conservative Missouri Talk Show Host Goes Union with IBEW, Denounces
  A conservative talk show host needs help stabilizing his fledgling television show, so he turns to…unions?  Welcome to Missouri. Scott Faughn, the former mayor of Poplar Bluff, current host of This Week in Missouri Politics, and self-described “pro-union conservative Republican” made his show a union production at First Rule...
Jan
2016
15

Vice Presidential Push: NM Gov. Revives “Right-to-Work” Talk Despite Impossibility of Passage

Vice Presidential Push: NM Gov. Revives
  In her upcoming State of the State address, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will call for the legislature to take on “Right-to-Work”, a move she has in the past called a “no-brainer.”  Gov. Martinez initially signaled her intentions last week during the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon.   “Right-to-Work” made its...
Jan
2016
8

Familiar Horizon: WV Weeks Away from What Could be a Year-Long “Right-to-Work” Fight

Familiar Horizon: WV Weeks Away from What Could be a Year-Long
  In three weeks, the West Virginia state legislature will begin its first 2016 legislative session, and passing a “Right-to-Work” bill appears to be at the top of the GOP’s agenda.  Following the 2014 elections, Republicans took control of both chambers of the legislature for the first time in history.  The historic victory led to...
Jan
2016
7

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
  In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm.  On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.  Currently, Republicans hold a...
Jan
2016
5

MO GOP Hedges on “Right-to-Work” but Labor’s Message is Clear: We Support Who Supports Us

MO GOP Hedges on
  A recent interview with Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson leaves the question of “Right-to-Work” somewhat unanswered for 2016.  Last year, “Right-to-Work” failed to gain enough support to override a veto from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  Despite a GOP super majority in both chambers, the divisive nature of...
Dec
2015
22

IL AFL-CIO Set to Sue Small Town Over Local “Right-to-Work” Ordinance the AG Says is Illegal

IL AFL-CIO Set to Sue Small Town Over Local
  The AFL-CIO of Illinois is set to sue the Village of Lincolnshire in suburban Chicago over its decision to pass a local “Right-to-Work” ordinance.  The decision was made by the village board following a meeting with more than 100 residents, many union members.  The move is a response to Gov. Rauner’s call for local [&hellip...
Dec
2015
11

Ohio’s Looming “Right-to-Work” Fight Features Familiar Falsehoods

Ohio's Looming
  The Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony for HB 377, a law which would prohibit the collection of union dues from public sector workers who do not wish to be part of the union but are still entitled to the benefits of collective bargaining.  This is a complicated way of saying “Right-to-Work.” [&hellip...
Dec
2015
2

WV, MO, KY Prepare for 2016 “Right-to-Work” Fights

  In at least three states, “Right-to-Work” has reared its ugly head following the fall elections, with supporters waiting for the right time to strike (not that kind of strike) and opponents locked in what the American Prospect refers to as a “never-ending game of “Right-to-Work” whack-a-mole.” Republicans in West Virginia,...