Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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...
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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 ...
Jan
2014
8

Harvard Law Prof: Harris v. Quinn Case Could Clear Path for “Right-to-Work Regime”

Harvard Law Prof: Harris v. Quinn Case Could Clear Path for
  In what has been described as the “sleeper case of the year”, a ruling by the Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn could make “Right-to-Work” the law of the land.  The court and its conservative majority have been inching closer and closer to this outcome and 2012′s Knox v. SEIU case showed that the ...
Dec
2013
30

Delaware Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Enact “Right-to-Work” in Specified Areas

Delaware Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Enact
  Republicans in the Delaware General Assembly are pushing a plan to enact “Right-to-Work” in areas of the Blue Hen State.   Assembly members are searching for ways to stimulate the state’s sluggish recovery, so Republicans are portraying this textbook anti-worker law as necessary to promote new investments.  An empty former General...
Nov
2013
26

One Year Later, Impact of “Right-to-Work” On MI’s Private Sector Construction Unions Is Minimal

One Year Later, Impact of
  For Michigan unions, the one year anniversary of the implementation of “Right-to-Work” is fast approaching, yet for many shops the effects have been minimal.  A recent piece on MiBiz.com reveals how recruiting methods have allowed some unions to bring in younger workers, most of whom are happy to enter the union, to replace outgoing ...
Nov
2013
12

Wage Dips, Bargaining Outcomes Suggest U.S. “Right-to-Work” Laws May Be Negatively Impacting Canadians

  An interesting piece from Michael Babad of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks into whether Canadian unions are being negatively affected by American “Right-to-Work” (RTW) states.  While RTW legislation has traditionally been the norm in the American south, the decision by the Michigan legislature to adopt the anti-union legislation has...