Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

Jun
2015
24

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed almost all of the state’s economic woes on unions and pensions, but a look at the numbers shows the real problem may be the small group of workers he is trying to protect.  Creating “Right-to-Work” zones and making drastic changes to the state pension system are cornerstones of [&hellip...
May
2015
20

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

Ahead of Big Budget,
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out $400,000 from his campaign fund to the state’s Republican lawmakers in advance of several key votes. Major budget and “turnaround agenda” decision are looming for the legislature.   The unorthodox move shows that the multi-millionaire’s...
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May
2015
18

ALEC’s All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal

ALEC's All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal
  Now-former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl may have been a model American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politician, but it turns out that he is not a model citizen.  The man who fought hard for “Right-to-Work” has resigned in disgrace following the revelation of a sexting scandal involving him and a 19-year-old intern.   Diehl...
May
2015
11

When Keeping It Real Goes Raun: IL House Speaker Forcing Gov’s Hand With May 14 “Turnaround Agenda” Vote

When Keeping It Real Goes Raun: IL House Speaker Forcing Gov's Hand With May 14
  Illinois House speaker Mike Madigan has scheduled a May 14th vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” legislation, even though the governor has yet to send a bill to the general assembly.   For months Rauner has been touting local “Right-to-Work” zones as part of his so-called “turnaround agenda.”  Yet,...
Apr
2015
23

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov’s Anti-Worker “Turnaround Agenda”

Chicago Mayor Joins Chorus of Opposition to IL Gov's Anti-Worker
  During a city council meeting this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a resolution to oppose Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” zones, which would enable municipalities to enact hyper-ideological anti-union legislation on a local level.  The move would be part of the governor’s so-called “Turnaround...
Apr
2015
10

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner’s Anti-Union Proposals

Across Illinois, Cities and Counties are Formally Rejecting Gov. Rauner's Anti-Union Proposals
  Across Illinois, municipalities are rejecting the “Turnaround Agenda” of Governor Bruce Rauner, which calls for changes to the prevailing wage and workers compensation systems as well as the creation of as-yet unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” zones.  The agenda is being tackled by city councils after Brad Cole, Executive Director...
Mar
2015
24

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against “Right-to-Work”

Despite No Imminent Threat, Ohio Worker Orgs Taking Precautions Against
  In Ohio, the organizers of the We Are Ohio movement that helped defeat SB 5 in 2012 held an event at Ohio University’s Baker Center Ballroom to warn against possible “Right-to-Work” legislation in the Buckeye State.  Gov. John Kasich says business executives don’t feel “Right-to-Work” is needed in Ohio, but the national...
Mar
2015
23

Study: Wisconsin Construction Workers Among Nation’s Most Productive (Not For Long)

Study: Wisconsin Construction Workers Among Nation's Most Productive (Not For Long)
  A new study has found that road and bridge construction workers in Wisconsin were the most productive in the Great Lakes region and the third most productive in the nation.  The report, released by Wisconsin Infrastructure Investment Now, Inc. (WIIN), found that Wisconsin construction workers contribute $185,000 to the economy, on average...
Mar
2015
23

Illinois AG Makes It Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal

Illinois AG Makes It Official: Gov. Rauner's
  Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has preemptively weighed in on anti-union legislation that is being promoted by Gov. Bruce Rauner which would allow local governments to create “Right-to-Work” zones and ban prevailing wage requirements. Her position? Both are unconstitutional.  Democrats sounded the alarm on Rauner, who is...
Mar
2015
20

Bills to Allow Local “Right-to-Work,” Make Bargaining Negotiations Public Being Pushed in WA

Bills to Allow Local
  In Clark County, Washington, unions and democrats are opposing two pieces of proposed legislation they say will harm workers.  The two bills, one which would make the collective bargaining process public and the other which would create a county “Right-to-Work” law, are being introduced by Councilor David Madore.  Opponents argue that...
Mar
2015
16

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in
  In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from...
Mar
2015
12

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin's
  The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker.   The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants....