Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

Nov
2014
17

NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

NM House Gears Up for
  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New Mexico Republicans are eyeing a strong push for “Right-to-Work” legislation in the 2015 session.  Gov. Susana Martinez, who won re-election earlier this month, supports “Right-to-Work” although it was not a focus of her campaign.  Republicans...
Nov
2014
12

ACLU, Coalition of Unions File New Lawsuit Against Michigan “Right-to-Work” Law

  A new lawsuit brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a coalition of labor unions claims that Michigan officials violated the Open Meetings Act when they locked the public out of the Capitol building while “Right-to-Work” was debated and then passed in December of 2012.  The coalition filed a motion on [&hellip...
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Nov
2014
3

In MI Gov Race, It’s Labor’s Taste for Change vs. the GOP’s Four-Year-Old Flavor

In MI Gov Race, It's Labor's Taste for Change vs. the GOP's Four-Year-Old Flavor
  In the Michigan gubernatorial race, incumbent Rick Snyder has enjoyed a slight lead in the polls, but labor is making a strong last-second push for his opponent, former state senator and U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer. 9 percent of voters remain undecided as the candidates come down the home stretch with very well-funded war chests. [&hellip...
Oct
2014
23

Indiana Unions Continue to Report Extremely Limited Impact of “Right-to-Work” Law

  Under the guise of job creation, the Indiana legislature passed union-busting “Right-to-Work” legislation in 2013.  But more than a year later, many unions remain unaffected with the vast majority of members continuing to pay dues.  Other than state politicians scoring right-wing points with national donors, the law has been...
Sep
2014
26

Despite Lack of Evidence, Michigan Dems Fear Lame Duck Session Could be Hotbed for Bad Bills Again

  Democrats in Michigan are preparing for the possibility of legislation that would repeal prevailing wages and change the electoral college system during the upcoming lame duck session.  Last year the state GOP made a successful push to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation during the same time period. WLNS 6 News Capitol correspondent Tim...
Sep
2014
15

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger
  Polls show a tossup between Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in what may end up being the surprise horse race of the election season. What once was an eight point lead over a relatively unknown opponent has dwindled according to USA Today which actually has Schauer ahead by [&hellip...
Sep
2014
12

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass “Right-to-Work” in Small Town WA

Fair Fight? Big Money Conservative Group Tries (and Fails!) to Pass
  Two attempts by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to impose “Right-to-Work” laws on city governments in Washington state suffered a setback this week when the “citizen led” propositions were deemed illegal by city officials in Sequim and Shelton.  The “Right-to-Work” push was coordinated by the Olympia-based...
Sep
2014
3

STUDY: Workers in “Right-to-Work” States Receive 24% More Government Assistance

STUDY: Workers in
  A new University of Illinois-Urbana study on “Right-to-Work” laws shows that collective bargaining subsidizes low-wage work in some states.  With Illinois facing the possibility of GOP nominee Bruce Rauner winning the gubernatorial race by positioning himself as “the next Scott Walker” and pushing for “Right-to-Work” at the...
Aug
2014
21

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan's Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
  As we have touched on this summer, the anti-union Mackinac Center for Public Policy is asking Michigan teachers to opt-out of their union via misleading spam email and propaganda disguised as journalism.  Most of the details of this unfortunate campaign have been relayed by Eclectablog, which this week highlighted Mackinac’s...
Aug
2014
18

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other “Right-to-Work” States

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other
  Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State.  Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO...
Jul
2014
28

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and...
Jul
2014
21

Fort Wayne City Council Passes More Extreme “Right-to-Work” Bill Than State Enacted

  Just weeks after the Fort Wayne City Council passed legislation ending collective bargaining for city employees, it has taken the assault on workers rights further by passing a new law which would make union membership for all public safety employees optional.  This local “Right-to-Work” law goes further than the state’s bill...