Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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...
Oct
2013
2

NOT SHOCKED: Five States With the Worst Food Insecurity are “Right-to-Work” States

  A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research (USDAER) provides details on our growing trend of food (in)security.  Currently, an estimated 14.5 American households are having difficulties providing enough food for their families.  In 7 million homes a family member has skipped meals because money was tight....
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Sep
2013
23

One Arrested in Protest of “Right-to-Work” Ballot Initiatives for Oregon and Washington

  As a strategy session was being held at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on how to pass “Right-to-Work” in Oregon and Washington via ballot initiative, protesters from local trades unions met attendees at the door in a preview of what is to come in the Pacific Northwest if the anti-worker legislation is put in [&hellip...
Sep
2013
19

Pennsylvania Op-Eders Spar Over Right-to-Work: “The Legislation You Want to Pass Would Hurt All of Us.”

  In Pennsylvania, Republicans are pushing for the state to become the 25th “Right-to-Work” state as embattled Governor Tom Corbett demonizes unions to gain support ahead of the 2014 elections.   Dick Yuengling, Jr., who runs D.G. Yuengling and Son brewery in Pottsville, recently came out in favor of the anti-worker law.  Many...
Sep
2013
10

IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional; Law Will Remain in Effect While AG Files Appeal

IN Judge Rules
  Yesterday’s a Lake County, IN judge decided the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, sending the dubious anti-worker legislation to the Indiana Supreme Court for further review.  The law was signed into law on February 1st, 2012 by then-governor Mitch Daniels and has been challenged in court before.  But this...
Aug
2013
23

Boeing’s Wage-Slashing Move to SC Backfires as Company Can’t Meet 787 Production Demand

Boeing's Wage-Slashing Move to SC Backfires as Company Can't Meet 787 Production Demand
  When Boeing left Washington for South Carolina in order to suppress the wages of its workers, it also left behind the quality work that had been provided by a highly skilled, union workforce.  Now, that union-busting is backfiring as productivity has dropped immensely and Boeing is unable to meet their 787 Dreamliner production goals....
Aug
2013
22

STL Beacon: Missouri “Right-to-Work” Bill Wouldn’t Even Have Unanimous GOP Support

STL Beacon: Missouri
  Weeks after Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder told attendees of an American Legislatice Exchange Council (ALEC) conference that his state was hoping to enact “Right-to-Work” legislation, the prospects of this becoming a reality are looking grim.  Kinder said he thought “Right-to-Work” could be achieved through a ballot measure but...
Aug
2013
13

MO Lt. Gov. Threatens “Right-to-Work” Hail Mary, Wants Issue on the Ballot to Prevent Nixon Veto

MO Lt. Gov. Threatens
  In Missouri, a bevy of anti-worker bills such as “paycheck deception” and “Right-to-Work” have failed to make it past the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over the last year. But the Show-Me State GOP is not to be deterred. The push for “Right-to-Work” will simply employ a different strategy this time around, according [&hellip...
Jul
2013
26

Right-to-Work at Work! Unemployment Rises in All 17 of Michigan’s Regions!

  Sorry, we’re not sorry. We’re not sorry for protesting. We’re not sorry for petitioning. We’re not sorry for suing. Michigan shouldn’t be a “Right-to-Work” state. But it is, I’m sorry to say. Via MLive: Michigan says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 of the...
Jul
2013
25

Latest Research Shows 117 ALEC Model Bills, Many Anti-Worker and Wage, Have Been Introduced in Statehouses During 2013

  New research from the Center for Media and Democracy shows that in 2013 at least 117 bills have been introduced that resemble model bills from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  These bills help fuel a “race to the bottom” approach to American wages that greatly favor ALEC’s corporate membership at the expense of...
Jul
2013
9

MI Supreme Court Refuses Gov. Snyder’s Request for Reinforcement of Potentially Unconstitutional “Right-to-Work” Law

  In the days after Michigan legislators made the Wolverine state the 24th to implement a “Right-to-Work” law, lawsuits challenging its constitutionality began piling up like dead crustaceans on the shores of the Great Lakes.  On January 28th, Gov. Rick Snyder countered by asking the state’s Supreme Court for an advisory opinion on the...
Jul
2013
2

VA Gov. Candidate Verbally Supports Unions, Workers, but Won’t Likely Target “Right-to-Work” Status

VA Gov. Candidate Verbally Supports Unions, Workers, but Won't Likely Target
  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been taking his case directly to the working people of the commonwealth, promising to help unions restore their power in the state if elected.  The former head of the Democratic National Committee who, as a 22-year old National Financial Director for Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign...