Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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...
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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...
Mar
2014
28

Nearly 1000 Protest “Right-to-Work,” Paycheck Deception, Wage-Slashing at Missouri Capitol

Nearly 1000 Protest
  Close to a thousand union members joined at the Missouri state capitol this week to protest “Right-to-Work” legislation currently being considered by the legislature.  House Speaker Tim Jones has made anti-union legislation a top priority with three harmful bills being considered.   Speaking to the gathered crowd, Governor Jay Nixon...
Mar
2014
21

Unions Label NM Gov’s De Facto ‘Right-to-Work’ Talk a “Declaration of War”

Unions Label NM Gov's De Facto 'Right-to-Work' Talk a
  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has one goal in 2014: Make Nikki Haley blush. The first-term governor has announced a policy shift that unions are calling a “declaration of war.”  Speaking to a group of commercial real estate developers, Martinez said she wants to stop union dues from being automatically drawn from American...
Mar
2014
11

MO’ ATTACKS: Several Bills to Weaken Wage and Benefit Protections are Back Again in Missouri

  Members of the Missouri House are attempting to pass three anti-worker laws, upping their anti-union ante ahead of the November elections. “Right-to-Work,” limits to the prevailing wage, and skewing workers compensation laws to favor businesses are on the docket. Progress Missouri reports that the wording of HB77, the...
Mar
2014
6

Redgrass State: KY GOP Stirs Election Year Pot with Introduction of “Right-to-Work”

Redgrass State: KY GOP Stirs Election Year Pot with Introduction of
  Kentucky House GOP leader Jeff Hoover has introduced a bill that would make the Bluegrass State the 25th “Right-to-Work” state in the nation.  Democrats currently hold a 54-46 edge in the House, meaning passage is unlikely.  Still, the aggressive move makes “Right-to-Work” — and general anti-union sentiment in a state that...
Feb
2014
11

STUDY: Missouri Workers Would Lose “Between $4.58 and $6 Billion Annually” Under ‘Right-to-Work’

  Rule one in the “Right-to-Work” implementation playbook is to tie its potential passage to an inevitable economic rebound.  Yet, history has shown that “Right-to-Work” is more of an economic slow bleed than a miracle maker.   As the Missouri state legislature prepares to debate the merits of becoming the 25th “Right-to-Work”...
Feb
2014
5

Backfire? Study Finds “Right-to-Work” Lowers CEO Pay in Construction

  A study compiled by Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and Bob Bruno of the University of Illinois, “Which Labor Market Institutions Reduce Income Inequality? Labor Unions, Prevailing Wage Laws, and Right-to-Work Laws in the Construction Industry,” has been applauded by labor because it shows prevailing wage...
Feb
2014
4

MO Newspaper: Building Trades Apprenticeships Too Valuable to Let “Right-to-Work” Ruin

MO Newspaper: Building Trades Apprenticeships Too Valuable to Let
  As the Missouri state legislature prepares to once more battle over “Right-to-Work”, sides are being taken statewide. Newspapers and news outlets are being inundated with letters of support for, and opposition to, the divisive policy.  The pervasive Republican thinking is that unions are the cause of the nation’s economic problems...
Jan
2014
17

REPORT: Dow Chemical Funneled $2M Into Michigan “Right-to-Work” Fight

REPORT: Dow Chemical Funneled $2M Into Michigan
  The release of a new investigation by The Center for Public Integrity shows that the flow of corporate cash to politicians is not as direct as predicted following 2010’s Citizens United vs. FEC decision.  Onlookers believed corporations would simply bankroll candidates but they have instead at times used loopholes in the legal system to...