Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

Mar
2015
12

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday
  Last weekend, thousands of West Virginia workers gathered at the state capitol in Charleston for the Mountaineer Workers Rising rally to protest the agenda of the state’s GOP.  Since taking power in January, Republicans have pushed for several pieces of anti-worker legislation, including prevailing wage repeal, increased funding for...
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
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Mar
2015
10

IL Gov’s Absurd Ignorance of Labor Law to Be Tested Ahead of Summer Contract Talks

IL Gov's Absurd Ignorance of Labor Law to Be Tested Ahead of Summer Contract Talks
  Following his failed executive order that would have halted the fair-share fees collected by Illinois’ public sector unions, Governor Bruce Rauner has pressed ahead by directing state agencies to withhold the fees from the comptroller’ office.  In response, the AFL-CIO and 26 unions that represent Illinois’ 40,000 state...
Mar
2015
5

MN’s GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.’s to Relocate to His State

MN's GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.'s to Relocate to His State
  Minnesota jobs committee chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has extended an invitation to two Wisconsin companies whose owners testified against “Right-to-Work.”  Officials from road construction companies Hoffman Construction of Black River Falls and Rock Road Companies of Janesville testified in front of the Wisconsin Senate...
Mar
2015
3

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local “Right-to-Work” Laws

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local
  The northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton are moving forward with countywide “Right-to-Work” laws knowing full well legal challenges are ahead.  For years, “Right-to-Work” has had solid support from Kentucky Republicans who control the Senate, but has been shot down by the Democrat-controlled House.  All three...
Mar
2015
3

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

Beyond Wisconsin:
  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news cycle, but Republicans in West Virginia and Michigan have been hard at work on the issue as well, with varying results. In West Virginia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael told the Associated Press he believes the “Right-to-Work” bill he...
Mar
2015
2

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down
  A recent “Right-to-Work” panel discussion hosted by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club devolved into a fact-checking dog fight and Politifact answered the call .  Participating in the panel were Kurt Bauer, leader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (a massive business lobby), and Steve Lyons, a spokesman...
Feb
2015
23

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Fast Tracking; $5.8B of Income Could Be Lost; Pair of Major AFL-CIO Rallies Planned

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker's
  On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans called for a special session to pass “Right-to-Work” legislation. The bill has been ‘fast-tracked’ by Governor Scott Walker, meaning the public will be unable to comment on the anti-worker bill.  Not surprisingly, given the nature of Wisconsin politics, the “Right-to-Work” bill being...
Feb
2015
17

Fighting Illini: AG Madigan, Comptroller Munger Refuse to Implement IL Gov’s de Facto “Right-to-Work”

Fighting Illini: AG Madigan, Comptroller Munger Refuse to Implement IL Gov's de Facto
  In a legal and public relations win for workers, the Attorney General and Comptroller of Illinois announced they would not implement Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order which would have allowed those who are represented by unions at the bargaining table but are not members to stop paying ‘fair share fees’ used to offset the...
Feb
2015
4

Poll by GOP Firm: 88% of Likely WI Voters Don’t Think “Right-to-Work” Would Benefit Them

Poll by GOP Firm: 88% of Likely WI Voters Don't Think
  New polling from a firm The New York Times calls “the leading Republican polling company” in the country shows that anti-union legislation such as “Right-to-Work” and prevailing wage repeal are unpopular among likely voters and not seen as a top priority.  The numbers come from Public Opinion Strategies, which asked 600...
Feb
2015
3

New Mexico GOP Advances “Right-to-Work” Through Committee In Order to Hurt 46,000 People

New Mexico GOP Advances
  The New Mexico House Business and Employment Committee has voted 8-5 in favor of “Right-to-Work” legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch.  The bill, HB 75, would “prohibit union membership as a condition of employment.”  Known as the “Employee Preference Act,” the bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee. ...
Jan
2015
28

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is
  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established anti-union rhetoric during a speech at Richland Community College in Decatur.  Among the topics he discussed were prevailing wage, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), and the creation of “Right-to-Work” zones to fight what he calls “forced...