Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’

Mar
2016
11

Okla. Commission Finds Preposterous Workers’ Comp “Opt-Out” Law to Be Unconstitutional

Okla. Commission Finds Preposterous Workers' Comp
  Oklahoma state regulators have ruled that a law allowing employers to “opt out” of workers compensation is unconstitutional.  In their ruling, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission said that the “the alternative workplace-benefit plans that some employers adopted under the law were a water mirage on the highway that...
Mar
2015
23

OK Moves Forward with Teachers Union Paycheck Deception, Dubiously Exempts Police and Firefighters

OK Moves Forward with Teachers Union Paycheck Deception, Dubiously Exempts Police and Firefighters
  In Oklahoma, a “paycheck protection” bill aimed at teachers unions narrowly passed the Senate General Government Committee on a 4-3 vote last week.  HB 1749, written by Rep. Tom Newell, would prohibit automatic deduction of dues for groups engaged in collective bargaining with the state. It would go into action November 1st.  The...
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Apr
2014
16

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes
  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.   We’ll pause while you barf. The bill also prohibits the establishment of sick-day or vacation requirements that differ from state law.  Fallin’s detractors note that the bill seems to be a direct response to an...
Jan
2014
23

News Reports, Details of Oklahoma Blast Hard to Come By in Wake of Omaha Explosion

News Reports, Details of Oklahoma Blast Hard to Come By in Wake of Omaha Explosion
  Lost in the news cycle following the International Nutrition plant explosion in Omaha, NE was another explosion that left two workers dead at the Mid-American Steel and Wire plant in Madill, Oklahoma. The explosion happened six hours after the Omaha blast.   According to medical examiners, the two victims have been identified as...
Nov
2013
19

Small Oklahoma City Votes to Restore Collective Bargaining, Bucking Governor’s Anti-Worker Law

  In a refreshing shift, Enid, Oklahoma voted in favor of changing the city charter to allow city workers to have unions represent them through collective bargaining.  The proposal passed by a 1,276-1,068 margin.   The city had previously recognized AFSCME based on a 2004 law that required cities with more than 35,000 residents to [&hellip...;
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
7

Multitude of Unions Establish Relief Funds, Travel to Oklahoma to Help with Recovery

Multitude of Unions Establish Relief Funds, Travel to Oklahoma to Help with Recovery
  As the rebuilding of Oklahoma begins despite tornado season being in full swing, labor unions across the nation are playing a vital role in providing relief to those affected.   Solidarity is a natural part of the union experience and is translating into action in the Sooner State. Among the unions setting up funds [&hellip...;
May
2013
28

GREAT PIC: LiUNA! Local 79 Workers Traveled to OK from NY to Help With Post-Tornado Cleanup

GREAT PIC: LiUNA! Local 79 Workers Traveled to OK from NY to Help With Post-Tornado Cleanup
  Something about seeing this scene from this angle makes the image all the more powerful. You don’t see everyone’s face. You don’t see anyone’s ego. You only see solidarity...