Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

Feb
2013
13

THIS JUST IN: “Right-to-Work” Dies in New Hampshire (ONE MO’ ‘GAIN!)

The king zombie of all zombie laws, New Hampshire “Right-to-Work,” has just suffered it’s _____th consecutive defeat in the House by a 212-141 margin. Via the Patch: The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 212 to 141 to kill the proposed Franklin Partin Right to Work Act on Wednesday, as Democrats and Republicans waged a...
Feb
2013
7

Vermont Introduces “Right-to-Work” Kryptonite Law, S.14 the “Fair Share Bill”

With Missouri, Pennsylvania and other states threatening to go the “Right-to-Work” route this year, Vermont stands out as one of the few states setting the opposite example. With what might be described as an “Anti-Right-to-Work” law, Vermont’s Senate Committee on Economic Development voted 5-0 to introduce a...
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Jan
2013
30

TODAY IN WOW: MI Gov. Rick Snyder Suggests “Right-to-Work” Is Not “Relevant” to Michigan Economy

TODAY IN WOW: MI Gov. Rick Snyder Suggests
THIS JUST IN: “Right-to-Work” doesn’t really matter. At least that’s what Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder would suddenly like us to believe. During a speech to the Michigan Press Association, Snyder suggested his recent signing of “Right-to-Work” legislation has nothing to do with jobs or the economy despite the...
Jan
2013
29

Indiana, Already “Right-to-Work,” Seeks Enhanced Anti-Unionism with Resolution Blocking Card Check

Indiana, Already
Having already fomented a staunchly anti-union agenda by passing “Right-to-Work” legislation last year, Indiana Republicans now look to further the scope of their worker-suppressive activity by amending the state’s constitution to block federal laws surrounding union organizing elections. The Republican-controlled Senate...
Jan
2013
25

LiUNA: “The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in ‘Right-to-work’ states.”

LiUNA: “The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in ‘Right-to-work’ states.”
“Right-to-Work” is often labeled a “job creating” law by Republicans who push it, but those who are affected by it can tell you it does nothing of the sort. Rather, its “wage lowering” power far outshines its ability to create an uptick in employment. To illustrate this point, the Laborers International Union of...
Jan
2013
15

Michigan Looking to Add “F*ck the Worker Specialists” to the State Payroll

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appears to be taking biased action to protect his newly-signed “Right-to-Work” law by adding new levels of bureaucracy to the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department. The Governor has created two new positions boasting job descriptions that aim to justify and prove the value of “Right-to-Work”...
Jan
2013
14

What Has “Right-to-Work” Brought Indiana? Increased Union Solidarity and an Enhanced Value Proposition.

When the Michigan legislature began its new session last week union activists welcomed the lawmakers back to the capital in a “walk of shame” rally intended to remind them that their brazen anti-worker agenda during the lame duck session which yielded “Right-to-Work” would not be met with pacifism. Michigan lawmakers are...
Dec
2012
14

More Incredibly Frustrating Pieces of Information Regarding Michigan “Right-to-Work” (plus, History!)

This week, in a matter of literal days, Michigan went from “Romney lost his home state hahahaha” to “Wisconsin 2011 but worse.” A radical agenda has been ushered through the lame-duck session that will permanently effect the economic landscape of the state, all in the interest of wealthy donors and the select few. A...
Dec
2012
13

WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago

This is just beyond the pale. While the state of Michigan spent the week rallying against the anti-democratic passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on...
Dec
2012
13

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the “Race to the Bottom”

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the
Yesterday, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO, released a statement concerning Michigan’s anti-democratic ramming through of a “Right-to-Work” law. He labels those who forced its passage “extremists,” laments the drawbacks of such laws including take home pay that...
Dec
2012
11

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing “Right-to-Work”

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing
Yesterday, during his “fiscal cliff” speech in Detroit, President Obama took the opportunity to attack the malevolence du jour that is the pending passage of “Right-to-Work” in Michigan. Given lackluster participation from O’Barry on labor issues thus far during his presidency, this address represents a welcome,...
Dec
2012
10

MICHIGAN: Obama Expected to Criticize RTW in Speech; GOP Slips Abortion Bill In; List of Actions

MICHIGAN: Obama Expected to Criticize RTW in Speech; GOP Slips Abortion Bill In; List of Actions
For the labor community, all eyes are on Michigan this week. We Are Michigan provides a list of actions for today (Monday), while the big “Day of Action” at the Michigan state capitol is planned for tomorrow with thousands committing to attend already via the online event page. To that end, hundreds of people gathered [&hellip...