Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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...
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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...
Jun
2013
13

IBEW Pres. Hill’s Op-Ed Highlights the Hurdles of Unionization in “Right-to-Work” States

  In a recent piece for The Huffington Post, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Edwin Hill shines a light on the challenges facing workers who desire to join unions in “Right-to-Work” states. Hill shares stories of workers who have attempted to organize in Oklahoma. He highlights Dan Lee, a worker at an...
Jun
2013
11

Indiana One of Just Eight States to See Tax Revenue Decline. Is “Right-to-Work” to Blame?

  The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette threw a quick jab at Indiana’s “Right-to-Work” law — controversially adopted last year — in the “Furthermore” section of their paper last week: The report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government showed state collections from major revenue sources...
May
2013
7

Does a PLA for Maine’s Big Natural Gas Project Mean Smoother Sailing for Labor Under LePage? Probably Not.

Does a PLA for Maine’s Big Natural Gas Project Mean Smoother Sailing for Labor Under LePage? Probably Not.
The political spirit of Maine is fiercely independent. In 2010, many voters felt they were getting a unique leader in former businessman and Tea Party favorite for Governor, Paul LePage. Sadly, like many of his victorious 2010 Republican Governor peers — Scott Walker (WI), John Kasich (OH), and Rick Snyder (MI), for example — his...
Mar
2013
22

NOT SO FREE ENTERPRISE: Michigan GOP Tries to Slash Funding at Universities that Sign Labor Contracts Before “Right-to-Work” Takes Effect

NOT SO FREE ENTERPRISE: Michigan GOP Tries to Slash Funding at Universities that Sign Labor Contracts Before
Republicans in the Michigan statehouse have rushed a (de)funding bill through the higher education appropriations subcommittee? that would strip a total of $74.8 million from four state colleges that the party says authored union contracts to circumvent the state’s newly passed “Right-to-Work” law. Wait. They rushed something...
Mar
2013
8

Canada’s Conservative Party Gaining Ground in the Fight to Americanize Labor Conditions (Yes, That’s a Bad Thing)

Canada’s Conservative Party Gaining Ground in the Fight to Americanize Labor Conditions (Yes, That’s a Bad Thing)
In Canada, unions are under attack from the conservative party and the Rand Formula is the prime target. The battle to limit the ability of organized labor to properly function is being won by the Right. The historic Rand Formula has been in place since 1946 and mandates the payment of union dues. The cornerstone [&hellip...
Feb
2013
15

SECRET AUDIO: Missouri Lawmakers, In Meeting AT THE MISSOURI CAPITOL, Threatened With Loss of Donors if They Don’t Push “Right-to-Work”

SECRET AUDIO: Missouri Lawmakers, In Meeting AT THE MISSOURI CAPITOL, Threatened With Loss of Donors if They Don't Push
Progress Missouri has released audio tapes taken from a Conservative strategy session held in the Missouri Capitol in which leaders of corporate front groups push for Republican lawmakers to institute a national “Right-to-Work” law. The speakers, which include Lew Uhler of the National Tax Limitation Committee and Jared Rodriquez of...
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...