Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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
8

Familiar Horizon: WV Weeks Away from What Could be a Year-Long “Right-to-Work” Fight

Familiar Horizon: WV Weeks Away from What Could be a Year-Long
  In three weeks, the West Virginia state legislature will begin its first 2016 legislative session, and passing a “Right-to-Work” bill appears to be at the top of the GOP’s agenda.  Following the 2014 elections, Republicans took control of both chambers of the legislature for the first time in history.  The historic victory led to…
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Jan
2016
7

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
  In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm.  On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.  Currently, Republicans hold a…
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
22

IL AFL-CIO Set to Sue Small Town Over Local “Right-to-Work” Ordinance the AG Says is Illegal

IL AFL-CIO Set to Sue Small Town Over Local
  The AFL-CIO of Illinois is set to sue the Village of Lincolnshire in suburban Chicago over its decision to pass a local “Right-to-Work” ordinance.  The decision was made by the village board following a meeting with more than 100 residents, many union members.  The move is a response to Gov. Rauner’s call for local [&hellip…;
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…;
Dec
2015
2

WV, MO, KY Prepare for 2016 “Right-to-Work” Fights

  In at least three states, “Right-to-Work” has reared its ugly head following the fall elections, with supporters waiting for the right time to strike (not that kind of strike) and opponents locked in what the American Prospect refers to as a “never-ending game of “Right-to-Work” whack-a-mole.” Republicans in West Virginia,…
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…
Nov
2015
5

Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Expected in KY Following Surprise Gov Election Result

Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  In what may have been the biggest surprise of election night 2015, Matt Bevin became the second Republican in 44 years to be elected governor of Kentucky.  The wealthy Louisville businessman, whose only political experience was unsuccessfully running against Mitch McConnell in the Republican Senate primary last year, used a…
Sep
2015
16

Zombie Law: Missouri “Right-to-Work” Expected to Die Anew in Blaze of Fruitless Override Glory

Zombie Law: Missouri
  Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City this week to revisit “Right-to-Work” legislation previously vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon.  After decades of failed attempts, the unlikely happened this spring when the Missouri GOP finally got enough votes in both the House and Senate to get the legislation to the Governor’s desk.  Now, as the…
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….
Jun
2015
24

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed almost all of the state’s economic woes on unions and pensions, but a look at the numbers shows the real problem may be the small group of workers he is trying to protect.  Creating “Right-to-Work” zones and making drastic changes to the state pension system are cornerstones of [&hellip…;