Posts Tagged ‘right to work’

Mar
2016
10

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead
  It’s election week in Kentucky, and labor has something to celebrate. Democrats picked up three of the four seats that were up for grabs in a series of special elections, solidifying the statehouse balance of power for 2016.  What will this mean for workers? Importantly, the sweeping changes promised by new conservative Governor Matt...
Feb
2016
26

IL-annoyed: State’s First Attempt at Local “Right-to-Work” Taken to Court by Multiple Unions

IL-annoyed: State's First Attempt at Local
  A legal showdown is shaping up in Illinois where the Village of Lincolnshire will have to defend its attempt to pass “Right-to-Work” on the local level.  Two lawsuits challenge the village board’s authority to pass such legislation, one from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 and one from a group of...
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Feb
2016
11

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV “Right-to-Work” Law, Say Lawmakers Have Something to Hide

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV
  As West Virginia moves towards “Right-to-Work,” the Teamsters union has filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Senate did not abide by a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails between Senate leadership and professors at West Virginia University.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace...
Feb
2016
9

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off
  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house, failing to pass a panel.  The bill would have exempted schools from paying the prevailing wage on educational facility construction projects over $250,000.  Prevailing wage supporters, including Bill Finn, Director of the Kentucky State Building...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...
Jan
2016
22

Conservative Missouri Talk Show Host Goes Union with IBEW, Denounces “Right-to-Work”

Conservative Missouri Talk Show Host Goes Union with IBEW, Denounces
  A conservative talk show host needs help stabilizing his fledgling television show, so he turns to…unions?  Welcome to Missouri. Scott Faughn, the former mayor of Poplar Bluff, current host of This Week in Missouri Politics, and self-described “pro-union conservative Republican” made his show a union production at First Rule...
Jan
2016
15

Vice Presidential Push: NM Gov. Revives “Right-to-Work” Talk Despite Impossibility of Passage

Vice Presidential Push: NM Gov. Revives
  In her upcoming State of the State address, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will call for the legislature to take on “Right-to-Work”, a move she has in the past called a “no-brainer.”  Gov. Martinez initially signaled her intentions last week during the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon.   “Right-to-Work” made its...
Jan
2016
5

MO GOP Hedges on “Right-to-Work” but Labor’s Message is Clear: We Support Who Supports Us

MO GOP Hedges on
  A recent interview with Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson leaves the question of “Right-to-Work” somewhat unanswered for 2016.  Last year, “Right-to-Work” failed to gain enough support to override a veto from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  Despite a GOP super majority in both chambers, the divisive nature of...
Dec
2015
11

Ohio’s Looming “Right-to-Work” Fight Features Familiar Falsehoods

Ohio's Looming
  The Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee heard testimony for HB 377, a law which would prohibit the collection of union dues from public sector workers who do not wish to be part of the union but are still entitled to the benefits of collective bargaining.  This is a complicated way of saying “Right-to-Work.” [&hellip...
Nov
2015
18

Committee Testimony Suggests West Virginia is Headed for a 2016 “Right-to-Work” Fight

Committee Testimony Suggests West Virginia is Headed for a 2016
  On Sunday the state’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on a proposed piece of legislation which would make West Virginia the 26th “Right-to-Work” state.  The meeting was packed with attendees in union t-shirts who vehemently oppose to the law. The state’s economy is struggling. Both houses of the legislature are...
Aug
2015
6

Opening Arguments Begin in KY’s Precedent-Setting, County-Level “Right-to-Work” Fight

Opening Arguments Begin in KY's Precedent-Setting, County-Level
  In Kentucky, a federal judge will decide the fate of county-level “Right-to-Work” laws, a move necessary following the decision by 12 counties to pass local versions of what has traditionally been a state-level law.  On Tuesday in Louisville, Judge David Hale heard opening arguments from labor lawyers and one county’s attorney....