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  • W.Va. Supreme Court upholds long-argued right to work law

    04/21/2020 12:42:12 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 21, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature. Justices reversed a Kanawha Circuit Judge’s earlier ruling that overturned key aspects of the law. The case was remanded back to the lower court, but only to enter summary judgment on behalf of the state. “Because we have found the Act does not infringe upon association, property, or liberty rights protected by the West Virginia Constitution, we reverse the February 27, 2019 order of the Circuit Court...
  • Big Labor’s Payoff Day. The House passes the most sweeping pro-union bill since the Wagner Act.

    02/10/2020 6:04:03 AM PST · by karpov · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 9, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Ten years ago Democrats chose not to use their 60-vote Senate majority to pass card-check legislation letting unions avoid secret-ballot elections. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to bring up the bill for a vote. How political times have changed. House Democrats last week passed the PRO Act, 224-194, that would impose a back-door card check and gut the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act in the most sweeping pro-union legislation since the 1935 Wagner Act. The bill codifies Obama -era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings that overturned decades of labor law. Employers would have to hand over workers’ private information to...
  • House Bill To Undo State-Level 'Right To Work' Laws Is a Preview of Democrats' Post-2020 Priorities.

    02/06/2020 4:34:12 AM PST · by karpov · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | February 3, 2020 | Eric Boehm
    ... Democrats are expected to pass a package of labor union-backed policies through the House even though the chances that the Senate will consider the bill are roughly nil. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) would insert new language into the National Labor Relations Act to compel the payment of union dues even by non-members working in unionized professions. That means the passage of the PRO Act would effectively undo so-called "right to work" laws on the books in many states.* The PRO Act would also implement a veritable grab bag of policies that labor unions have...
  • Virginia May Kill Right to Work. The new Democratic majority moves to force union dues on workers.

    01/29/2020 5:38:35 AM PST · by karpov · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 28, 2020
    Democrats in Virginia aren’t wasting time with their first statehouse majority in 26 years—by repealing the state’s 70-year-old right-to-work law that has helped the commonwealth thrive. Twenty-seven states including Virginia have right-to-work laws that give workers a choice of whether to belong to a union. According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the rate of job growth was two times higher in right-to-work states between 2008 and 2018 than in states where workers can be compelled to join unions or pay dues as a condition of employment. This disparity is the result of a confluence of pro-growth policies...
  • On Labor Day Remembering Union Violence In America

    09/01/2019 8:20:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Lid Blog ^ | Sep 1, 2019 | Jeff Dunetz
    Something usually not discussed on Labor Day weekend is the violence and thuggery which has always been part of the union movement. And it still happens. The history of the labor movement in the U.S. is littered with extremists who use violence to get their way. At the beginning of the union movement, the violence was outer-directed; toward the government, management, or the police who were using violence themselves to destroy the labor movement. As the movement matured, the abuse became directed inward, targeted towards keeping the rank and file “in line,” going after replacement workers, or sabotaging the particular...
  • Bernie Sanders calls for doubling union membership, scrapping ‘right to work’ laws

    08/21/2019 10:11:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/2019 | Paul Steinhauser |
    Sanders, who is making his second straight bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, vowed “that war will come to an end when I am president. If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class in America, we have got to rebuild, strengthen and expand the trade union movement in America.” Sanders said if elected, he would aim to double union membership by the end of his first term in the White House in January 2025. His plan also calls for ending so-called "right to work" laws favored by Republicans and decried by organized labor for weakening a union’s ability to...
  • NLRB allows employers to give unions the boot

    07/11/2019 8:35:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 11, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s been a significant policy change at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and it’s one that’s been in the works for a while. In the future, when workers grow dissatisfied with their union at their place of employment, the employer, within ninety days of the end of a contract, will be able to suspend bargaining and announce that the union will be ousted at the end of their current contract. The rights of the workers to unionize will still be recognized, but a new election will need to be held to reestablish the union or bring in a different...
  • Arnold Mooney to run for GOP nomination to challenge Doug Jones

    06/03/2019 4:56:45 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Alreporter.com ^ | 5/7/19 | Brandon Moseley
    State Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, announced Monday his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. Mooney is running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones. “Alabamians want a Constitutional Conservative who can beat Doug Jones and who will take on the Establishment in Washington. That’s why I’m running,” Mooney said in a statement. Mooney is a State Representative from north Shelby County. “I am not a career politician,” Mooney writes on his website. “I’m a conservative and an outsider. But I look around and see a rising tide of socialism on the Left...
  • Kamala Harris calls for a ban on right-to-work laws

    04/28/2019 10:39:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2019 02:08 PM | Joseph Simonson
    LAS VEGAS — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris called for the federal ban on so-called "right-to-work" laws in the United States during her Saturday morning remarks at the National Forum on Wages and Working People. "Banning right-to-work laws" would be one of the first initiatives Harris would take up in office, she told the audience of labor members and organizers at The Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada. Republican governors and legislators throughout the country have been pushing through laws that allow individuals to join a company or firm without being obligated to pay or join a labor union. Some right-to-work laws...
  • New Mexico blocks right-to-work ordinances

    03/30/2019 10:13:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    apnews.com ^ | 3/27/2019 | Unknown
    <p>New Mexico is prohibiting local governments from enacting right-to-work ordinances that prevent employees from being required to join a union or pay union fees.</p> <p>Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed legislation that asserts the state’s exclusive jurisdiction over union security agreements.</p>
  • Circuit judge strikes down West Virginia righ-to-work law

    02/28/2019 9:42:21 AM PST · by buckalfa · 33 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | February 27, 2019 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A circuit judge has struck down key components of West Virginia’s 2016 right-to-work legislation. Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued the opinion Wednesday, three years after the Legislature first passed the law. “The new law will require unions and union officials to work, to supply their valuable expertise and to provide expensive services for nothing,” Bailey wrote in her 46-page ruling. “That is, in a word, arbitrary.” The overriding issue is whether employees who join a workplace represented by a union have to pay some form of dues, whether they embrace union representation or not. The unions...
  • UAW Scandals Show Why Michigan Needs to Keep Workers' Right to Work Protections

    11/03/2018 6:39:17 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | November 3 | Mark Mix
    According to the latest available U.S. Commerce Department data, the number of Michiganders employed in the auto and auto parts manufacturing industry is about half what it was at the turn of the millennium. United Auto Workers (UAW) union bosses, who for decades have wielded their government-granted monopoly-bargaining power to foist counterproductive work rules and inefficient benefit plans on unionized autoworkers and automakers, bear a large part of the responsibility. Of the roughly 170,000 remaining Michigan auto manufacturing employees, it’s likely that more than 100,000 are subject to UAW officials’ monopoly-bargaining power. In order to keep their jobs, employees must...
  • "Scabs" Are the True Labor Day Heroes

    09/03/2018 2:31:20 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | September 3, 2018 | Gary Galles
    As long as I can remember, unions have attacked as “scabs” those willing to accept work for wages and conditions those unions reject, even if it involves crossing union picket lines. In fact, that usage goes back centuries, from English slang for a mean, low, “scurvy” rascal or scoundrel. As Stephanie Smith put it in Household Words: From blemish…to strikebreaker, the history of the word scab…shows a displacement of meaning from the visceral or physical to the moral register…Just as a scab is a physical lesion, the strikebreaking scab disfigures the social body of labor. Those union attacks have included...
  • Anti-Right to Work Propagandists Smear Missouri Workers

    08/06/2018 11:46:31 AM PDT · by willowsdale · 4 replies
    Conservative News Service ^ | August 3 | Stan Greer
    Because the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) empowers union bosses to represent workers who don’t want a union, Big Labor apologists contend, it must also empower union bosses to force unwilling workers to pay union dues or fees. Otherwise, the workers who wish to remain union-free will get a so-called “free ride.” Ever since the Right to Work challenge to compulsory union membership, dues and fees emerged during the early 1940’s, this thin broth has been the mainstay argument of union officials and other opponents of voluntary unionism. One simple and obvious response to Big Labor complaints about the purported...
  • Why Young Adults Are Fleeing Forced-Unionism States

    07/28/2018 10:14:10 AM PDT · by willowsdale · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 27 | Stan Greer
    Few people would deny that, as a rule, parents want what is best for their children and keep their children’s needs, including their material needs, in mind when they make important decisions for their families. If this eminently plausible supposition is correct, then there is clear evidence that government-authorized forced unionism makes it more difficult for parents to provide their children with a comfortable standard of living and good prospects for the future. At this time, 22 states have yet to adopt Right to Work laws protecting employees from being forced to pay dues or fees to an unwanted union...
  • Trumka: True Patriotism in Missouri

    07/18/2018 8:01:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    AFL-CIO Staff ^ | July 18, 2018 | AFL&#8209;CIO President Richard Trumka
    AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) spoke at the Missouri AFL‑CIO’s 29th Biennial Convention yesterday, rallying a packed audience of local union leaders and working Missourians in the fight against Prop. A. He recalled the charge that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to Americans in the midst of the Great Depression: “True patriotism urges us to build an even more substantial America where the good things of life may be shared by more of us.” Working people in Missouri are speaking out and mobilizing their neighbors against a corporate-backed attack on our fundamental economic rights. As union leaders gather in St....
  • Compulsory Union Dues Put Missouri Manufacturing Job Opportunities at Risk

    07/14/2018 7:38:22 AM PDT · by willowsdale · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 13 | Stan Greer
    Early last year, Kentucky and Missouri respectively became the 27th and 28th states to adopt Right to Work laws. But what they have experienced since with regard to labor policy is not at all the same. The Bluegrass State Right to Work law took effect in January 2017 and has remained in effect ever since. A union boss-instigated lawsuit to overturn the statute was dismissed this January; union lawyers’ appeal has at this writing yet to be heard by the Kentucky Supreme Court. The Show-Me State Right to Work law, in contrast, has yet to take effect. Union bosses were...
  • Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families

    06/27/2018 12:45:29 PM PDT · by lightman · 96 replies
    National Educartion Association ^ | 27 June A.D. 2018 | John Rosales
    Educators in ActionWorker Rights June 27, 2018 • 10:23AM Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families By John Rosales The collective voice of American workers was undermined today by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in ​Janus v. American Federation of County, State Municipal Employees. In a 5-to-4 decision, which casts aside decades of precedents and laws, the court has eliminated a public-sector union’s ability to collect “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers who choose not to join as union members but are still protected by union agreements. The ruling undermines the ability of educators to come...
  • Melinda Gates Bashes ‘White Guys,’ Says She’ll Discriminate Against Them

    06/06/2018 3:00:01 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 123 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/5/2018
    Melinda Gates says she will preference women and non-whites over men and white people, specifically for these immutable characteristics that have nothing inherently to do with business success. Melinda Gates has decided to enter the venture capital world by sending her money to people based at least partly on their sex and skin color, she said in a recent Fortune interview. Disparate Outcomes Can Signal Broader Possibilities In the Fortune interview, Gates says “I think real change can occur when the VC community starts to demand that the people it invests in have diversity, the right values, and the right...
  • Labor Unions Don't Deserve a Stranglehold on New KCI Terminal Jobs

    05/12/2018 7:48:11 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 8 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 12, 2018 | Mark Mix
    A drawn-out dispute over the terms of the PLA — the project labor agreement — covering the construction of a new terminal at the Kansas City International Airport is now threatening to delay the planned demolition of the airport’s current Terminal A this fall and the subsequent construction work scheduled to begin in 2019. On one side of the impasse are Missouri construction union bosses. They are demanding that every single frontline job on the KCI project be unionized, and that all workers be forced to pay union dues or fees in order to participate. This big labor demand is...