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  • 12 Things You Need to Know About Government Unions

    08/26/2014 2:20:05 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 22 | Stan Greer
    Long after the pro-union monopoly National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was adopted in 1935, even strong supporters of this statute rejected the appropriateness of attempting anything analogous in federal, state, or local government. For example, in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who just two years earlier had publicly endorsed and signed the NLRA, wrote a letter to a government union official explaining it is “impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or bind the employer” in dealings with “Government employee organizations” because “the employer is the whole people . . . .” In the late 1950s and early 1960s, politicians...
  • New Evidence: Right-to-Work Laws Work

    08/07/2014 6:10:20 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/3/2014 | Michael Van Beek
    A 2013 Mackinac Center study found positive economic effects for states with right-to-work laws. RTW states enjoy increased real personal income growth, population growth and employment growth. New evidence supports this finding. The evidence comes from a Competitive Enterprise Institute study. Authors Richard Vedder (a member of the Center’s Board of Scholars) and Jonathon Robe control for a variety of factors that impact state economic growth. They then compare the performance of RTW states and non-RTW states from 1977 to 2012. A chief finding is “that the overall effect of a RTW law is to increase economic growth rates by...
  • Unions weep: After becoming RTW state, Michigan incomes rise

    07/27/2014 4:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 27, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic. “There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes. And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the “little guy” as ruthless bosses would exploit...
  • Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

    06/27/2014 7:18:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the current term of the United States Supreme Court nears its end, a ruling remains to be announced that could fundamentally change the way government unions are organized. Harris v. Quinn, which involves personal care providers in Illinois who contested a forced unionization they were subjected to, is largely equivalent to the home health care "dues skim" that took place in Michigan. In both unionization schemes, workers who take care of the elderly and disabled were forced into a union. In Michigan, an affiliate of the Service Employees International union took more than $34 million from the Medicaid checks...
  • Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

    06/18/2014 6:25:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/15/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    During the battle of Michigan becoming a right-to-work state, opponents predicted doomsday scenarios about what would happen to workers and the state. But in each of the most important economic measures — job growth, income growth and population — right-to-work states are far outperforming non-right-to-work states. My colleagues and I produced a few charts showing the trends. The information is from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and from the U.S. Census Bureau. In terms of employment growth, from January 1990 to April 2014, right-to-work states averaged growth at twice the rate of their counterparts and made up...
  • Income Growth In Right-to-Work States Significantly Higher

    06/11/2014 12:03:57 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/11/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    During the fight over Michigan becoming a right-to-work state President Obama said that the law was really "a race to the bottom" and "the right to work for less money." The President's comments joined a chorus of similar statements from labor executives and critics of right-to-work laws. But a look at income growth since 1990 shows that right-to-work states are significantly outpacing non-right-to-work states, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. From 1990-2012 (the latest year data is available), right-to-work states made up 13 of the 20 states with the fastest median household income growth. Of the 15 states...
  • Supreme Court could deliver crippling blow to Big Labor

    06/03/2014 9:31:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    In the first year since the Wolverine State adopted a right-to-work law in 2013, SEIU Healthcare Michigan lost a staggering 80 percent of its members. The case illustrates a dirty secret of the modern labor movement: A lot of its rank and file members don't want to be in a union in the first place and will leave if given the chance. What right to work did in Michigan, the Supreme Court might soon do nationally: In the case of Harris v. Quinn, the justices must decide if Illinois state government can force its own public sector employees to participate...
  • CHART: Right-to-Work States Are Absolutely Dominating In Job Growth

    05/29/2014 8:13:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Since 1990, nearly all of the top 10 states for job growth are right-to-work states, while nearly all of the 10 states with the least amount of job growth are non-right-to-work states. More broadly, 18 out of the 25 states with the fastest employment growth are right-to-work states while 19 of the 25 states with the slowest growth are non-right-to-work states, according to data from the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the past nearly quarter of a century, right-to-work states have averaged job growth at about twice the rate of non-right-to-work states. Excluding Michigan and Indiana (which...
  • Michigan Right-to-Work Law Causes Union Membership To Drop 80 Percent

    05/08/2014 12:05:18 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2014 | Jack Spencer
    More than 44,000 home-based caregivers no longer are part of the SEIU Healthcare Michigan, according to federal reports filed by the union. The workers previously were forced to pay dues or fees to the SEIU after the union orchestrated a scheme that took money from the Medicaid checks of the people the workers were caring for in homes across the state. The "dues skim" ended in 2013, but not before the SEIU took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled across the state. According to the union's LM-2 report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, 44,347 home-based...
  • Trio Fights Michigan Union

    04/28/2014 6:03:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A trio of Michigan public school teachers is actually fighting with their union. “The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation brought a suit on behalf of Angela Steffke, Rebecca Metz and Nancy Rhatigan, who were forced to continue paying dues or fees to their union or face being fired,” Derk Wilcox reported in the March/April 2014 issue of the Mackinac Center’s report. “This status would have lasted for the next 10 years under the union’s ‘insecurity’ clause — a dubious collective bargaining agreement hastily enacted on the eve of the right-to-work law [in Michigan] taking effect.” “When the lawsuit was heard in...
  • New 2014 Rich States, Poor States Rankings Show States Are Making Large Reforms

    04/15/2014 1:16:30 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Since 2008, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index has used the latest economic data to determine which states are doing well and which states are struggling. The past 50 years of data point to a clear connection between pro-growth policies of lower taxes, less regulations and competitive labor policies. The states that embrace free markets and limited government fare much better than their high-tax, big government counterparts. Utah, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota and Idaho—this year’s top five states—showcase how good economic policy can lead to economic prosperity, while New York, Vermont, Illinois, California and Minnesota—the bottom...
  • Missouri Opts For More Jobs In Its Move To Become A Right-To-Work State

    04/14/2014 5:29:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Invetores.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Labor: Missouri's legislature votes this week on whether to become a right-to-work state. More hiring is the goal, and if any state needs a jobs pick-me-up, it's the Show Me State. Missouri lost 24,000 jobs in 2009, 2010 and 2011, even as many surrounding states gained employment. Labor bosses, of course, detest right-to-work laws and brand them as anti-union. Wrong. Right-to-work laws don't prohibit unions; they merely allow workers the choice of whether they want to join a union and pay dues. Many workers select not to join a union because they personally object to the political advocacy of the...
  • What Right-to-Work Means: A view from a union contract

    04/02/2014 6:14:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/1/2014 | Michael Van Beek
    One could hear several varieties of apocalyptical claims while Michigan was in the process of becoming the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. Rep. Sander Levin called it "frightful ... for the people of the state of Michigan and for the middle class." The Associated Press said it was a "devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor." And one union in Michigan claimed it was "a violation of the prohibitions against involuntary servitude." In other words, a form of slavery. Now that the law is in effect, however, and one can see what right-to-work actually does in practice, these claims...
  • What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

    03/27/2014 1:34:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    As auto manufacturing has shifted to the South, the UAW has made a push to begin unionizing workers in right-to-work states. The words and actions of union officials are interesting compared to states where workers are still forced to pay money to the union. On the website for a UAW chapter in Alabama, which is trying to organize workers at a Mercedes-Benz plant, the union writes the following in its FAQ section: Q: Do I have to join the union? A: First of all remember Alabama is a Right to Work state; therefore, it is totally voluntary whether or not...
  • Kansas Dealer Turns Labor Protest into Free Advertising

    03/17/2014 5:36:51 PM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    Motoramic via Yahoo ^ | 03/17/14 | Justin Hyde
    "According to The Wichita Eagle, the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 began a standard protest outside Subaru of Wichita last week with a "Shame on Subaru of Wichita" sign legally placed on the highway right-of-way in front of the dealership. (The union, which has not specified its exact complaint, may have been upset that the dealership's contractor hired a non-union shop for renovations.) The dealership responded instead with its own sign, turning the union's charge into one of "having unbeatable prices."
  • Teachers Victorious In Their Quest To Get Out of Union

    03/14/2014 1:21:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2014 | Manny Lopez
    Two Michigan teachers who filed unfair labor practice complaints against the Michigan Education Association have won their freedom from the union. The MEA is no longer contesting complaints from Coopersville kindergarten teacher Miriam Chanski and hall of fame wrestling coach William "Ray" Arthur, said Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, which represents the teachers. Last year, Chanski and Arthur, as well as a group of other teachers from across the state, asked the Mackinac Center to help them get out of their union. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed complaints on their behalf with the Michigan Employment...
  • Not Paying Union Dues, in Michigan

    03/07/2014 8:23:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 3.7.14 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Unions are finding sneaky ways to exact dues — but workers are fighting back. Two Michigan teachers will finally be allowed to end their union membership in the Michigan Education Association and will be refunded any dues they paid during this school year, according to a settlement agreement signed this week. William “Ray” Arthur, a teacher and wrestling coach at Petoskey Senior High School, and Miriam Chanski, a Coopersville kindergarten teacher, tried to quit the teachers’ union after Michigan adopted legislation to become the 24th right-to-work state in the U.S. Both Arthur and Chanski wrote letters informing the MEA that...
  • Will Volkswagen Vote Kill Power Of Big Unions?

    02/18/2014 3:51:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    Mark down Feb. 14, 2014, as the Saint Valentine's Day union massacre. Years from now we may look back at this date as the turning point of the modern-day union dominance over manufacturing industries in America. That's the broader national significance of the 712-to-626 vote in Chattanooga, Tenn., to reject a United Auto Workers attempt to unionize a Volkswagen auto assembly plant. Despite a full-court blitz by the AFL-CIO and even the Volkswagen management to allow the union in, the workers turned thumbs-down to the power play. Why? Three weeks ago I traveled to Chattanooga on behalf of the Beacon...
  • For Michigan State Employees, 2014 Means Finally Having the Freedom To Choose

    01/21/2014 8:55:17 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/18/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan state employees had ample reason to celebrate the new year — their unions can no longer get them fired for not paying dues or fees. Almost all of the collective bargaining agreements between the state and its classified employee unions expired Dec. 31, meaning that right-to-work now applies to the vast majority of the more than 35,000 unionized state employees and they can exercise their rights immediately. "Yes, state employees will have the option of opting out of the union," said Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the State Budget Office. Unlike the Michigan Education Association, which attempts to limit teachers...
  • Union Says Right-to-Work Laws = Slavery

    12/23/2013 10:08:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 35 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Michigan Teamsters Local No. 214 filed a lawsuit alleging that the State's right-to-work law constitutes an “unconstitutional reinstitution of slavery.” “Unions are a worker's main protection against employer abuse and mistreatment,” union spokesman Peter Piddler maintained. “Abuse and mistreatment are the hallmarks of involuntary servitude. For the State to allow a person to work without becoming a member of a union opens the worker to abuse and mistreatment and is, therefore, an endorsement of slavery.” “Slaves weren't allowed to form unions,” Piddler pointed out. “That was a crucial block to their attainment of full human rights. Unions compelling every worker...
  • Fact and Fiction About Right-to-Work: A Reality Check at the One-Year Anniversary

    12/17/2013 12:22:00 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Opponents of Michigan adopting a right-to-work law predicted dire consequences for the state if workers were given the right to decide if they wanted to opt-out of paying money to a union as a condition of employment. But their claims were largely just hyperbole. One year ago Wednesday, the capitol lawn was packed with protesters as the Legislature passed a bill that made Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. In the days, weeks and years leading up to the law being signed, a lot of predictions were made by union officials, politicians, academics and activists. Here's a look...
  • UAW Flier Short on Facts: Right-to-work myths dispelled

    11/06/2013 12:42:21 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/2/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The UAW has put together a flier on right-to-work "facts" that it is handing out to union members. The pamphlet's facts are wrong. I'll stay away from some of the statements that are more nuanced — for example, the UAW says the law requires them to provide services for all employees in a union shop, but neglects to mention that they fought to make that the law to increase bargaining power. Instead, I'll focus on the figures that are demonstrably untrue. Claim: "Workers in free bargaining states make on average an astounding $6,590 or 17% more annually than their counterparts...
  • Michigan teachers fight unions over forced dues

    10/24/2013 12:19:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 23, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    Michigan teachers are discovering that their union is determined to make it as hard as possible for them to take advantage of the state's new right-to-work law, which prohibits workers from being forced to pay dues to a union. Nine teachers sued the Michigan Education Association in the last week alleging unfair labor practices. Eight teachers sued the MEA on Monday. They are being represented by the conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. Their complaint alleges the union is violating the intent of the right-to-work law by only giving them a very brief period — the month of August — to...
  • Judge Rules Right-to-Work Law Enforces Slavery

    09/17/2013 5:28:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/15/2013 | Patrick Wright
    An Indiana county judge has held that the Hoosier state's right-to-work law is unconstitutional based on an Indiana constitutional provision that originated in 1816 and was meant to limit slavery. Lake County Judge John Sedia, however, delayed implementation of the ruling until it could be appealed. The decision is almost certain to be overturned. The suit was brought by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, AFL-CIO and some individuals. In essence, they argue that the duty of fair representation is the same thing as slavery. This is not the first time the plaintiffs have made such an outlandish...
  • Right-to-Work Event Marred By Protesters Spitting At Worker Freedom Advocates

    09/13/2013 6:18:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/11/2013 | Manny Lopez
    Union activists and big labor supporters who were upset that people were gathering in Vancouver, Wash., to talk about worker freedom resorted to violence and intimidation Thursday night, which resulted in a Mackinac Center for Public Policy employee getting spat upon. F. Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy director at the Mackinac Center, was invited by The Freedom Foundation in Washington and the Cascade Policy Institute in Oregon to speak about the benefits of worker freedom. However, he didn't even get out of his car before he was confronted by protesters. A protester with bullhorn disrupts a meeting about the policy implications...
  • Right-to-Work Laws Work: New study shows economic advantages

    09/12/2013 5:46:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    CapCon ^ | 9/8/2013 | Michael Hicks
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released a new right-to-work study titled, "Economic Growth and Right-to-Work Laws" in which these authors find that states with right-to-work laws do better economically — sometimes much better — than they otherwise would have. A right-to-work law prohibits workers from being forced to financially support a union. Specifically, we found that from 1947 through 2011 right-to-work laws increased average real personal income growth by 0.8 percentage points. In other words, if a state would have otherwise had a 2 percentage point growth rate, the presence of a right-to-work law raised that rate to 2.8...
  • Judge rules against Indiana’s right to work law

    09/10/2013 6:16:57 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 50 replies
    WXIN Channel 59 ^ | 9/8/2013 | Kent Erdahl Reporter
    A Lake County judge has ruled Indiana’s so-called “right to work” law unconstitutional. During a legal challenge launched by Local 150, Judge John Sedia took issue with the part of the law requiring unions to represent workers while making illegal for them to require membership dues. “The right to work law here is unsafe, unfair and an unnecessary law and now it’s been ruled unconstitutional, so we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Jeff Harris, spokesman for the Indiana AFL/CIO. “The court in Lake County has said (to the legislature), you’re requiring this statute, you’re requiring citizens and organizations in this...
  • Right-to-Work States Attracting More Citizens, Wealth

    09/09/2013 6:20:40 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/3/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Eight of the top 10 states that saw an increase in personal income from new people coming to those states were right-to-work states, according to an analysis done by the Tax Foundation. Michigan lost $14.4 billion in personal income from 2000 to 2010 and was 45th overall. Michigan became a right-to-work state in March. Only Ohio (46th), New Jersey (47th), Illinois (48th), California (49th) and New York (50th) did worse. All six of the bottom states did not have right-to-work laws during those 10 years. New York lost $45.6 billion in personal income in that time period. Florida did the...
  • Pro-Union Protesters Yell At And Spit On Participants In A “Right To Work” Forum

    09/08/2013 3:41:30 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    Pro-Union activists using bullhorns and spit interrupted a quiet discussion in Vancouver, Washington, about “right to work” laws that would allow prevent workers from being forced to join unions. The meeting had been convened by the Cascade Policy Institute of Portland and the Freedom Foundation of Olympia, Washington and was held at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver, Washington. As the meeting began, the pro-union protestors marched up and down outside, waving picket signs. Eventually, however, they moved inside to harass the participants more directly. The protestors’ main tactic was to use bullhorns to shout down the meeting attendees....
  • Study: Right-to-Work Laws Lead To More People, More Jobs and Higher Pay

    09/04/2013 8:33:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/1/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    States that have passed right-to-work laws have seen increased employment, higher pay and expanding population, according to a new study. The report, released today, analyzes data from a 64-year period, 1947-2011. The year 1947 is when federal legislation first allowed states to give workers the choice of whether to financially support unions as a condition of employment. The study is co-authored by Michael Hicks, an economics professor and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, and Michael D. LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "It...
  • There is no GOP “War on Women” but there is a war on unions and we’re winning

    08/23/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/23/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    An honest person (which of course excludes most Democrats), understands that any “War on Women” in this country it is most certainly being conducted by Democrats at all levels of government. “A Republican War on Women” is a Freudian use of words, invented by a lapdog media to deflect the truth. Despite the fact that we hear the phrase over and over again from a Democrat controlled media there is no such thing as a Republican War on Women. Nevertheless, there is an actual war that is unquestionably being waged by the Republican Party against its union enemies. There is...
  • Can Mrs. Doubtfire be Unionized?

    08/14/2013 8:15:03 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 6 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-14-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Does Mrs. Doubtfire have to pay union dues to a government employees union? If, so, it gives a whole new meaning to the nanny state. The state of Minnesota passed a law ...
  • California teachers suing to end mandatory union dues

    07/01/2013 7:54:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 01, 2013/
    A group of California teachers is preparing for a Supreme Court battle to overturn forced union dues in a groundbreaking lawsuit filed in June. For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations. The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.
  • More Executive Abuse of Power: Obama Stacks the NLRB

    07/02/2013 9:39:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    RedState ^ | 7-3-2013 | Ben Howe
    Cablevision has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in an investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about complaints involving 22 former workers that were allegedly wrongfully terminated. This battle between the media giant and the Communications Workers of America is hardly new information as they have been fighting for the past year, but this most recent move is telling specifically because of what it implies about the authority of the NLRB. A different case, National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a court is considering the idea that the NLRB’s members, or at least 3 of them,...
  • Vast Majority of Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Are In Right-to-Work States

    06/24/2013 11:31:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The city of Cedar Park in Texas was the fastest growing city in terms of percentage growth from 2010 to 2012 when it increased 12 percent to 57,957 people, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. Eight of the top 15 fastest growing cities were in Texas, a right-to-work state. The state was a big reason why 77 of the top 100 fastest-growing cities were in right-to-work states. Eighteen right-to-work states had cities crack the top 100. There were six non-right-to-work states and Washington, D.C., that made the top 100. Three of the top 100 fastest growing cities were from...
  • Weakened By Obama’s Union Coddling, Cooper Tires Is Sold To The Indians

    06/12/2013 4:27:51 PM PDT · by jjotto · 26 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | June 12, 2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Cooper tires is becoming another victim of President Obama’s much too cozy relationship with the union machine. Cooper Tires was bought by an Indian company. After President Obama sent a thank you to the Steelworkers Union and slapped an absolutely brain-dead punitive tariff of tires coming from China, a few things happened: Imports of low-cost tires did not stop. They came from other countries, at tariffs even lower than the old ones on Chinese tires. Not a single new job was created in America, but more than a few jobs at tire importers were destroyed. Americans paid more for tires....
  • Some School Districts and Unions Embrace Right-to-Work

    05/23/2013 7:50:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    While more than 100 school districts rushed to approve new contracts that impeded implementation of right-to-work before the March 27 deadline, at least two districts took a different approach. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools and Hamilton Community School district embraced the concept of allowing its teachers a choice to join a union as a condition of their employment. Both districts approved new teachers’ union contracts before the right-to-work law took effect, but had specific language in their agreements that allowed teachers to opt out of their union. Hamilton Community Schools did it through a memo-of-understanding. "It was important to me and the...
  • Teachers in Right-to-Work Make More Money

    05/17/2013 10:53:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2013 | Tom Gantert
    West Ottawa Public Schools teacher Dan Dennis bemoans “life in a right-to-work state” in a story in the recent issue of the Michigan Education Association magazine. In the story, Dennis wrote about how in 1999 he went from making $40,000 a year in Michigan to $30,000 a year when he moved to and taught at a high school in North Carolina, which already was a right-to-work state. Dennis lamented in the story about the cost of living, which he said was slightly higher in North Carolina and complained about not having an all-encompassing health care plan. He wrote: I was...
  • Appeals court strikes down union poster rule

    05/07/2013 12:36:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | May 7, 2013 | By Sam Hananel
    In another blow to the nation's dwindling labor unions, an appeals court on Tuesday struck down a federal rule that would have required millions of businesses to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.
  • Reopening Union Contracts Could Free Workers

    04/25/2013 12:27:19 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/24/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Municipalities throughout the state that signed contracts with their unions to avoid the state's right-to-work law may trigger it anyway if they renegotiate contracts before they expire. And at least one is committed to doing just that. Southgate Community School District Superintendent William Grusecki said the administration and teachers' union have already agreed to reopen their five-year deal, which was signed a day before the March 27 deadline for the right-to-work law to take effect. "We will be reopening the contract each year for wages and insurance," Grusecki said in an email. However, that will allow right-to-work to be enacted,...
  • Indiana border county outpaces national job growth

    04/11/2013 5:30:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2013 | James Hohman
    Elkhart County in northern Indiana, which borders Michigan to the south of Cass County, increased its employment 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That growth is more than any other large county in the country for that quarter, and it far outpaces the national average for employment growth of just 1.6 percent. Elkhart also increased its jobs by 5.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012, the third-fastest growing large county that quarter. Senior Investigative Analyst Anne Schieber recently reported on Elkhart’s economic recovery. Indiana passed a right-to-work law in 2012...
  • Poll Results Could Be Positive Indicator For Right-to-Work Advocates

    04/10/2013 7:16:33 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2013 | Jack Spencer
    According to a new poll, 59 percent of Michigan adults believe the new right-to-work law will either help Michigan's economy or have no impact on it. But the survey wasn't interpreted like that when the press release for Michigan State University’s State of the State Survey (SOSS) was released Thursday, the same day that state's right-to-work law officially took effect. Instead, the theme was that the right-to-work law "sharply divided" the state. The survey asked respondents to speculate whether the new law would hurt or help the economy. Roughly two out of five, 42.7 percent, of those surveyed said they...
  • County's Rushes to Approve New Union Contracts To Avoid Right-to-Work Law

    04/09/2013 8:08:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2013 | Jack Spencer
    The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners may have violated state law when it approved 10-year contracts with 15 unions to beat a March 27 deadline to avoid the impact of the state's right-to-work law. The union contracts allowed Washtenaw County employees to switch from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan. However, a state law says that when a pension is changed, an actuarial analysis needs to be provided at least seven days before the plan is adopted. The law reads: "'[P]roposed pension benefit change' means a proposal to change the amount of pension benefits received by persons...
  • Maryland lawmakers pass bill forcing teachers to pay union fees, reversing right to work trend

    04/06/2013 11:45:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/06/13
    Maryland lawmakers agreed this week to require public school teachers to pay union fees – a move that bolsters the state’s connection to organized labor as others move toward a right-to-work status. The bill passed Thursday in the General Assembly and is headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley for signing after Monday, the final day of Maryland’s 2013 legislative session. The bill is also part of a larger progressive agenda put fourth this year by leaders of the Democrat-controlled Assembly that includes the approval of tax increases and one of the toughest gun-control proposals in the country.
  • A Milestone for Michigan — Worker Freedom in the 'Big Labor' State

    04/05/2013 1:13:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2013 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    March 28, 2013 is a day that will be marked in Michigan history. Worker freedom officially takes effect today. Soon, most workers in Michigan will have the choice of whether they want to financially support their union or not. Right-to-work simply means that a union no longer can get a worker fired for not paying them. Despite claims by unions, collective bargaining largely will remain the same. Unions still can negotiate with employers over wages, hours, working conditions and almost anything except for the requirement that workers pay them simply to keep their jobs. Now unions need to prove their...
  • Kroger Reaches Deal With Union Postponing Right-to-Work Law

    04/04/2013 9:04:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Just days before the state's right-to-work law goes into effect, a union representing Kroger workers in Michigan pushed through a new contract that locks its members into paying dues or fees to the union for four years. Grocery employees represented by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 876 ratified the agreement March 22, according to the union's website. The previous union contract was supposed to expire June 15, 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The weeks leading up to the law's start date on March 28 have been filled with public sector unions rushing to approve...
  • College Admits Cooperating With Unions To Sidestep Right-to-Work Law

    03/28/2013 7:10:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/25/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A memo from a community college president clearly spells out that unions suggested having their contracts reopened expressly to circumvent Michigan's right-to-work law. In addition, the memo states that Macomb County Community College (MCCC) offered to cooperate with the unions in that effort. This week, the community college made good on its offer. It approved four renegotiated contracts, including one contract that had been approved just four months ago. In a memo, dated Feb. 15, 2013, MCCC president Jim Jacobs wrote: "Many unions are asking that public employees extend existing contracts for 10 years so as to avoid the impact...
  • Some Michigan Universities Protecting Worker Rights

    03/20/2013 4:03:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Two state universities have rejected union deals that would have averted the state's new right-to-work law. The Ferris State University Board of Trustees and the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees rejected contracts from unions that included union security agreements. Such agreements prohibit union members from exercising their right to decide if they want to pay dues or fees to be in a union, which is their option beginning March 28 thanks to the state becoming the nation's 24th right-to-work state late last year. Some school districts and some state universities have approved deals that allow unions to forcibly collect...
  • Wayne State University: We Got A Deal; Take Our Word For It

    03/18/2013 8:54:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/15/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Wayne State University officials say the state's right-to-work law helped the university get a better deal from its faculty union. However, university officials don't specify what they actually got in return. Last month, WSU reached an agreement with the union on an unprecedented eight-year contract. The deal was struck as the clock was ticking toward the state's right-to-work law going into effect. At stake for the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers was the ability to keep collecting dues and fees from all members through 2021. The state's right-to-work law goes into effect March 28 and gives union...
  • Universities Dodging Right-to-Work Law Under Scrutiny

    03/14/2013 5:42:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Negotiating right-to-work-dodging contract extensions could cost Michigan universities millions in state funding. Michigan's new right-to-work law prohibits contracts that require employees pay dues or fees to unions as a condition of employment. However the law doesn’t go into effect until March 28. That means unions have a brief opportunity to try and dodge the law by getting employers to extend existing contracts or agree to clauses that extend the forced dues/fees collection for longer than the contract. Michigan’s 15 public universities are considered prime targets for these union efforts. But some state lawmakers are taking steps to head-off such contract...