Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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...
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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...
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”...