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  • U.S. Supreme Cour to hear case of National Right to Work vs SEIU

    11/21/2011 5:12:03 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies
    National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc - Email | 11/21/2011 | Mark Mix
    Your National Right to Work Foundation is headed back to the United States Supreme Court... and the union bosses are in full panic. The Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear oral arguments on January 10 in Knox v. Service Employees International Union Local 1000, a case brought by Foundation attorneys. Fearing an embarrassing loss, union lawyers have now begged the Supreme Court to toss out the case after offering to pay back all of the money to objecting employees. Simply put, we caught the union bosses red-handed. Big Labor desperately wants to sweep the case under the...
  • Dayton, GOP collide over child care union vote

    11/16/2011 4:37:34 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-16-11 | Doug Belden
    Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday ordered an election to allow Minnesota's in-home child care providers to vote on whether to unionize. But his executive order drew swift response from Republicans who vowed to sue to prevent the vote. "There is nothing in Minnesota law that provides the governor with the power to do the thing that he says he's going to do," said Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, who chairs the Senate health and human services committee. "And I think the real question for us is, what do you do with a governor who won't follow the law?" Dayton, a...
  • Obama-Friendly GE Building Aircraft Factory Right-to-Work Alabama; Unlike Boeing, NLRB Silent

    11/03/2011 8:13:14 AM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Directorblue ^ | November 2, 2011 | Doug Ross
    1. Alabama is a wonderfully free "right-to-work" state, which simply means it prevents unions from extracting dues from workers who do not wish to join. 2. General Electric's CEO Jeff Immelt is the poster-boy for crony capitalism, having backed Obama's rush to socialized medicine and green energy to benefit various of its business units. 3. It turns out that GE's Aviation division is breaking ground on a new factory in Alabama. And, unlike Boeing, which tried to build a factory in a right-to-work-state, the National Labor Relations Board hasn't uttered a peep. But I'm sure that's just a coincidence. Remember...
  • Are you a member of a conspiracy?

    10/19/2011 4:20:52 AM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 3 replies
    nrtwc.org email | Mark Mix/ Rep Rand Paul
    Teamster union boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr. thinks you are -- all because you believe in employee freedom. "They introduced Right to Work in 14 different states simultaneously. Do you get the conspiracy?" Hoffa blustered to a crowd of Teamsters last week. But poll after poll shows that nearly 80 percent of Americans support the Right to Work principle that no worker should be compelled to join or pay dues or "fees" to a union to get or keep a job. Likewise, according to a recent scientific survey, four out of five union members support the Right to Work principle. And...
  • Debate: Could Union Costs Be Pricing Michigan Out of Auto Jobs?

    10/14/2011 8:05:06 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2011 | Tom Gantert
    In his study “Right To Work, The wrong answer for Michigan’s economy,” University of Oregon Associate Professor Gordon Lafer cites several companies that chose Michigan over right-to-work states. Lafer wrote, “Indeed, a series of recent corporate announcements make clear that many auto industry companies continue to prefer Michigan over right-to-work competitors …” But Lafer never mentioned that some of those businesses cited in his report received deals for millions of dollars in tax incentives to locate in Michigan, while the competing states offered no incentives, according to research done by Michigan Capitol Confidential. In fact, even the Michigan Economic Development...
  • VA Gov. McDonnell Declares 'Unapologetic' Support for Right-To-Work Laws

    10/13/2011 9:46:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 3 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/13/11 | Don Loos
    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is holding little back as he compares his state’s model for success to Washington’s big government corporate socialism and big labor cronyism. In a recent letter, Gov. McDonnell writes, “we are unapologetic supporters of Virginia’s Right To Work laws.” But, McDonnell doesn’t stop there. He pulls no punches when he compares Richmond to Washington, DC and boasts about Virginia’s success. From Gov. McDonnell’s letter: There’s much more separating Richmond and Washington than just 100 miles of interstate. It’s a Tale of Two Cities.
  • Union Thugs force Boeing of South Carolina to become unionized

    09/27/2011 6:34:46 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 32 replies
    National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation - Email | Mark Mix
    Last week, the U.S. House Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Obama Labor Board's recent onslaught of Big Labor power grabs that undermine worker freedom. National Labor Relations Board Chairman and former union lawyer Mark Pearce offered his spin after the hearing, calling the Board's decisions "fair and even-handed." The outrageous complaint against Boeing hardly seems fair to the thousands of South Carolina workers who could be forced out of their jobs all because they can't be required to pay union dues or "fees" as a condition of employment. But don't just take my word for it. At the...
  • Joe Wilson: NLRB Driving Businesses to Right To Work States to Avoid 'Roach Motels'

    09/26/2011 2:45:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/26/11 | Don Loos
    During Thursday’s House Education & Workforce hearing, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) described the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) actions as creating a hostile environment for business. Wilson claimed that the pro-Big Labor Obama NLRB created an unintended consequence for Big Labor. Rep. Wilson said that the NLRB’s actions have turned the 28 force-unionism states into ''Roach Motels'' that will trap employers with the help of the NLRB, and prevent them from ever leaving or expanding outside these states’ borders. Wilson said that the NLRB actions translate into only one option for employers if they are going to locate in
  • Former Local Prez: Union May Lose 40% of Members – Including Him – if Teacher Right to Work Passes

    09/15/2011 11:08:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | Sept. 14, 2011 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, is pushing for a Right-to-Work law that would allow unionized school teachers to leave their union. As a teacher in the Grand Ledge Public Schools and a former teachers union president, John Ellsworth says the various education reforms coming from Michigan’s Republican-led government are “despicable.” He thinks the much-talked about “right-to-teach” legislation for public school employees, which would make joining a teachers union voluntary, is part of “a continued attack” blaming teachers for school woes. Yet, even Ellsworth says he would drop his Michigan Education Association membership if right-to-work for teachers became a...
  • Former Union Prez: Union May Lose 40% of Members – Including Him – if Teacher Right to Work Passes

    09/16/2011 5:58:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/16/2011 | Tom Gantert
    As a teacher in the Grand Ledge Public Schools and a former teachers union president, John Ellsworth says the various education reforms coming from Michigan’s Republican-led government are “despicable.” He thinks the much-talked about “right-to-teach” legislation for public school employees, which would make joining a teachers union voluntary, is part of “a continued attack” blaming teachers for school woes. Yet, even Ellsworth says he would drop his Michigan Education Association membership if right-to-work for teachers became a reality. “Yes. I think I would,” Ellsworth said. Depending upon what districts would be willing to offer to teachers who declined union representation,...
  • Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear

    08/26/2011 9:26:29 AM PDT · by yoe · 65 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 26, 2011 | ERIC FELTEN
    Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle. It isn't the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife...
  • Gibson Guitar CEO: We're Under Attack By Obama Administration

    08/28/2011 5:57:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 27, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitars, Inc. was on The Dana Loesch Show on Friday. Gibson is under attack by the the Obama Justice Department for accusations that the company broke American Indian laws. Juszkiewiz said the government suggested that the company's use of unfinished wood from India is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because of the Justice Department's interpretation of a law in India. The Holder Justice Department raided at least two Gibson manufacturing plants this week forcing hundreds of workers off their jobs. Juszkiewiz says the company lost a million dollars this week. Finally, Henry...
  • Public unions should be curbed, says right to work defender

    08/23/2011 4:11:56 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 8 replies
    Legal Line News ^ | 8-23-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Should public sector unions be curbed? Is it time to end the ability of governmental employees to form unions? Raymond La Jeunesse, Jr., vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, believes so. La Jeunesse, who has more than 40 years experience helping employees litigate against compulsory unionism - including arguing four cases
  • The NLRB Fear Factor: How the Boeing case poisons investment.

    08/13/2011 12:38:18 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | August 13, 2011
    The National Association of Manufacturers asked its members last month how the National Labor Relations Board's decision against Boeing's Sourth Carolina plant case is affecting their decision-making. Some 60% said the government's case already has—or could—hurt hiring. Sixty-nine percent said the case would damage job growth. And 49% said capital expenditure plans "have been or may be impacted by the NLRB's complaint." Around 1,000 of the association's 11,000 members contributed to the survey. That's a lot of lost jobs. When CEOs or entrepreneurs fear political intervention that might impose higher costs, they are more reluctant to invest or to hire...
  • Perry Stalks Iowa; Will Boot Drop Soon?

    07/12/2011 4:59:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    ......Perry also leads a state whose population is growing as its economy grows, a stark contrast to the debt-ridden, job-killing stimulus the Obama administration imposed on the country. It picked up four new congressional seats in the 2010 census as businesses and job-seekers flocked to the state. The issue of the economy would be Perry's trump card in a potential race against Obama. Texas leads the nation in job creation: From 2008 to 2010, as California lost 1.2 million jobs, Texas added 165,000. Michael Cox and Richard Alm of the Center for Global Markets at SMU's Cox School of Business...
  • Hearing begins in labor complaint against Boeing

    06/14/2011 4:38:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/14/11 | PHUONG LE, Associated Press
    Boeing on Tuesday asked a judge in Seattle to dismiss a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board that accuses the plane maker of breaking the law when it built a non-union production line in South Carolina. The complaint by NLRB acting general counsel Lafe Solomon accused Boeing Co. of illegally retaliating against union workers for past strikes by adding a non-union assembly line for its new 787 passenger jet in South Carolina. The NLRB said Boeing also should move that assembly work to unionized plants in Washington state, where other 787s are assembled. At the opening of a...
  • Gary Glenn's agenda for Gov. Rick Snyder

    06/04/2011 1:10:17 AM PDT · by AFA-Michigan · 2 replies
    WJBT FOX 2, DETROIT ^ | June 1, 2011 | Tim Skubick
    LANSING, Mich. -- Oh my, this could get mucho messy. The ultra-conservative wing of the state GOP has been patiently marking time since January when the Rick Snyder juggernaut rolled into town. The new governor told everyone he was all about getting a new budget and business tax in place and would not be diverted by “other” issues. Well the budget is in place, as is the business tax, and here comes Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan. Let’s just say Mr. G.G. is not a liberal...not by any stretch. And he’s got an agenda as long...
  • Right-to-work states doing good for country

    05/19/2011 12:38:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 5/19/11 | Editor
    "Danaher’s closing,” said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., lamenting the loss of a plant that had employed 330 people in his state. “Now those jobs are going to Arkansas and to Texas.” It was April 2005. Neal was taking the opportunity during a House committee hearing on competition with China to complain instead about how Massachusetts was losing jobs to states with less-hostile business climates. The Ways and Means Committee chairman in 2005, California Republican Bill Thomas, mildly rebuked Neal’s deviation from the topic, saying Massachusetts had shot itself in the foot with high taxes and compulsory union membership. “At some...
  • Right-to-work bills headed for quiet death? ( Maine and NH )

    05/17/2011 7:47:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 17, 2011 | Matt Wickenheiser
    Opponents of legislation dealing with union membership say procedural maneuvers launched Tuesday may signal a quiet death for the two bills. Both bills deal with the so-called “right-to-work” issue — one for public employee unions, one for private sector labor unions. The bills would seek to have Maine join the ranks of 22 other right-to-work states. Employees in those 22 states who don’t join the union don’t have to pay their share of the costs for collective representation and contract bargaining handled by the union. ... The right-to-work issue has been contentious in other states. In New Hampshire, Democratic Gov....
  • Sarah Palin: Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses

    05/11/2011 10:43:11 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 54 replies
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | May 11, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    President Obama has the opportunity to prove that he cares about keeping jobs for working class families in America. He can speak up about his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who have their boots on The Boeing Company’s neck. Does the President support the rights of businesses and working class people in right-to-work states to make sound decisions without government regulatory agencies unfairly punishing them? Does the President realize the real concern here is not that businesses will choose to locate in one state over another? It’s that businesses will choose to locate in other countries because...
  • Reid slams GOP ‘interference’ in Boeing labor clash

    05/11/2011 1:59:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    The Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday harshly condemned what he said were “inappropriate” attempts by Republican lawmakers to intervene in a controversial labor dispute now before the National Labor Relations Board. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said the GOP moves were an attempt to “poison the decision-making process” in the increasingly bitter dispute over plans by aerospace giant Boeing Co. to open a major new, nonunion manufacturing plant for its premier 787 Dreamliner fleet in South Carolina. The NLRB, in a move that has outraged leading business groups and South Carolina officials, has issued a complaint about the...
  • South Carolina dials up pressure over Boeing plant

    05/11/2011 2:15:15 PM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    Stateline ^ | MAY 11, 2011 | John Gramlich
    A decision by Boeing Co. to construct a $1 billion production facility in South Carolina — rather than in Washington State, where the company is based — has run into opposition from the National Labor Relations Board, which claims the move was motivated by the firm's desire not to deal with labor unions. Washington has a unionized aerospace workforce and South Carolina does not, and the NLRB is pursuing an order to keep the production line in the Pacific Northwest. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, however, is pushing back hard. Haley, a Republican, was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (May...
  • Top Republicans demand Obama weigh in on Boeing dispute

    05/10/2011 10:42:39 AM PDT · by redk · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/10/11 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a group of Republican senators demanded Tuesday that the Obama administration weigh in on the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing, saying the complaint could jeopardize thousands of South Carolina jobs and the future of free enterprise in the country. The NLRB's complaint alleges that Boeing decided to build a new 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina, a so-called "right-to-work" state, in retaliation against union workers in Washington state who had engaged in past strikes. The NRLB's Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon is seeking an order to keep that production...
  • Will Unions Clip Boeing's Wings?

    04/26/2011 6:14:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 26, 2011 | Staff
    Big Labor: Can a union that workers voted out and a government agency with an anti-business agenda tell America's largest exporter in which state it can create jobs? Is this revenge for Wisconsin? Hell hath no fury like unions whose power is being challenged, and unions are not happy after Gov. Scott Walker's victory for democracy over angry union mobs in Wisconsin and similar moves by governors in other states such as John Kasich's Ohio. They want their pound of capitalist flesh. So they, in the form of the International Association of Machinists, have called upon their wholly owned subsidiary,...
  • Judge to ex-Microsoft GM: You can’t take that job at Salesforce.com, either

    04/16/2011 2:03:48 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 16 replies
    GeekWire ^ | April 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Todd Bishop
    A judge in Seattle today denied a former Microsoft general manager’s new attempt to carve out a role for himself at Salesforce.com, saying the revised job proposal would still run afoul of his non-compete agreement with the Redmond company, even if it didn’t precisely match his former Microsoft role. The preliminary injunction entered by King County Superior Court Judge Kimberley Prochnau includes a provision enjoining the former Microsoft GM, Matthew Miszewski, from “working in a marketing role in salesforce.com’s public or commercial sector anywhere in the world.” Despite the restrictions, Judge Prochnau said from the bench that she still could...
  • Lessons from the states. Prosperity reigns where taxes are low and right to work prevails

    03/29/2011 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/29/2011 | Richard W. Rahn
    “Fiscal crisis hits the states,” has become this year’s most boring and repetitive headline. But what is largely overlooked is that some states are doing relatively well - such as my home state of Virginia - and are, in fact, balancing their budgets without draconian budget cuts or tax increases. What are the well-managed states doing right and the others doing wrong? And what lessons could those running the federal government learn from the better managed states? The United States is a federal republic, wherein the Constitution gives most governing powers to the states, not Washington. The beauty of this...
  • Republican Senators Introduce National Right to Work Act

    03/08/2011 3:22:14 PM PST · by Qbert · 31 replies
    Senate.gov ^ | 3/8/2011 | Sen. Jim DeMint, Staff
    Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), introduced the National Right to Work Act to reduce workplace discrimination by protecting the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities. Seven Republicans joined Senator DeMint as original cosponsors to the Right to Work Act including Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana). During the 111th Congress, all Senate Democrats united to vote against workers’ rights but now they have a chance to protect American workers’ freedom...
  • Unions vs. the Right to Work ~ WSJ.

    02/28/2011 7:23:59 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 18 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. ^ | FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | ROBERT BARRO
    Collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty. P>How ironic that Wisconsin has become ground zero for the battle between taxpayers and public- employee labor unions. Wisconsin was the first state to allow collective bargaining for government workers (in 1959), following a tradition where it was the first to introduce a personal income tax (in 1911, before the introduction of the current form of individual income tax in 1913 by the federal government).
  • LePage (Maine Gov.): 'We're going after right-to-work'

    02/27/2011 7:39:27 AM PST · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/2011 | James Hohmann
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday he would push forcefully ahead with right-to-work legislation in his state, even if it means a Wisconsin-style fight with unions. In an interview at the National Governors Association, the Republican praised Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and couched his own proposal in the language of liberty loved by tea partiers. "He's got a big challenge, and quite frankly, once they start reading our budget they're going to leave Wisconsin and come to Maine because we're going after right to work," LePage told POLITICO. "I believe that the Declaration of Independence says 'life, liberty and the...
  • The Union Gang

    02/26/2011 11:35:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2011 | Kevin Jackson
    Unions have taken a big hit as their greed has become visible to more and more Americans. The most recent punch hit the unions in Wisconsin right in the breadbasket, and it must have felt like a Chuck Norris roundhouse. The unions seem to have found their fiscal hypocrisy steeping like a tea bag in hot water. Many unions have opted out of ObamaCare which was sold as a panacea, thanks to waivers granted by the Obama administration. Unions didn't want the Obama version of new health care, preferring instead to keep their old version. But it's not just...
  • 16 States Going to War on Unions

    02/24/2011 5:56:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/23/11
    16 States Going to War on Unions The Daily Beast Wed Feb 23, 11:52 pm ET NEW YORK – With Wisconsin locked in a union battle, The Daily Beast looks at the 15 states that could blow up next and crunches the numbers to find whether they're really on shaky financial footing—or playing politics. Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have toppled despotic governments, while Libyans are on the verge of doing the same. The stakes are not as high in Wisconsin and the 15 other states that have proposed or are expected to propose various levels of de-engagement from both...
  • GOP: So-Called Right-To-Work Bill Now Dead (Indiana)

    02/23/2011 12:01:42 PM PST · by Abathar · 146 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Norman Cox
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican leaders at the Statehouse conceded Wednesday, killing so-called right-to-work legislation that prompted House Democrats to leave the state in protest. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma confirmed that the legislation would not come back this session, and that he would not allow right-to-work language to be amended into another bill in the House, 6News' Norman Cox reported. Senate Leader David Long made the same commitment for the Senate. Right-to-work legislation, which prevents unions and companies from negotiating contracts that require non-union members pay a fee to be represented, had been at the top of the list of Democrats'...
  • Unions And The Right To Work

    02/22/2011 5:50:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 22, 2011 | Staff
    Labor: If unions were formed to protect workers from employer abuse, right-to-work laws were created to protect taxpayers and workers from union abuse. States with such laws enjoy higher growth and purchasing power. With Wisconsin still under siege by the "angry mobs" of bused-in union workers, the Ohio of GOP Gov. John Kasich is the next target of those opposed to restricting the collective bargaining rights of public-sector unions that have bankrupted state after state. Ohio's SB5 also aims to address a similar Buckeye budget deficit in the billions and the anchor of state-funded union pension obligations. Bills in the...
  • Mitch Daniels on Indiana “right to work” law: This isn’t the right time.

    02/22/2011 4:10:52 PM PST · by izzatzo · 73 replies
    http//:HotAir.com ^ | 02/22/11 | Allahpundit
    Alternate headline: “Apparently, Mitch Daniels not running for president.”
  • Amid Union Protests, More Democrats Go On the Lam -- This Time in Indiana

    02/22/2011 3:06:13 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 22, 2011
    It looks like Democrats have found a new strategy to block Republican majorities from enacting anti-union legislation: fleeing the state. Taking a page from Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin, legislators in Indiana have apparently fled the state rather than vote on an anti-union bill, a source told the Indianapolis Star on Wednesday. And they were headed to Illinois, the same state that Wisconsin Democrats fled to last week to block a bill that would limit the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions while forcing members to contribute more to their pensions and health care plans. In Indiana, Democrats could force...
  • Democrats delay Indiana House amid Union protests

    02/22/2011 12:50:49 PM PST · by Military family member · 42 replies
    Tribune-Star ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS — The absence of Democratic legislators from the Indiana House extended into the afternoon with several hundred union members at the Statehouse protesting Republican-backed labor bills. Speakers at a midday rally today told the union members that Republicans had declared a “war on labor” with proposals restricting teacher collective bargaining and so-called right-to-work legislation.
  • (Gov) Mitch Daniels: Indiana Republicans Should Drop the Right to Work Bill

    02/22/2011 2:05:51 PM PST · by A_Niceguy_in_CA · 110 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 22, 2011 3:59 P.M. | Jim Geraghty
    Mitch Daniels: Indiana Republicans Should Drop the Right to Work Bill Color me extremely disappointed with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels right now: Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures. Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said. He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said....
  • GOP-led Ind. House panel OKs 'right-to-work' labor bill as hundreds of union members protest

    02/21/2011 4:17:22 PM PST · by Jean S · 58 replies
    AP ^ | 2/21/11 | Tom Davies, Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Union supporters shouted "lie" and "shame" at members of a Republican-led Indiana House committee who voted in favor of so-called right-to-work legislation, after impassioned arguments that it was aimed at weakening unions and would drive down wages.
  • 'Right To Work' Bill Puts Republicans, Democrats At Odds (Indiana)

    02/19/2011 7:19:44 AM PST · by Abathar · 26 replies
    RTV6 theindychannel.com ^ | February 18, 2011 | Norman Cox
    INDIANAPOLIS -- State lawmakers will hear a bill Monday that would allow Hoosiers the right to refuse to join unions or pay dues. Republicans said the "Right to Work" bill would bring new jobs to Indiana. Democrats called the bill "War on the Rights of Workers" and said it would only benefits employers, 6News' Norman Cox reported. The Right to Work bill is just one of a number of bills seemingly targeting unions. Others include a reduction in unemployment benefits, restrictions on teacher bargaining rights, a permanent ban on future governors' ability to allow collective bargaining for state employees and...
  • Looks like Union Thug tactics worked with VA Senators

    02/15/2011 5:56:19 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    From AFP Email
    My friends … threatening legislators by promising to withhold campaign cash if they don't vote the way union bosses tell them is nothing short of extortion. Virginians probably aren't surprised to see these union thug tactics in Chicago and Washington but we're disgusted to see this brand of politics practiced here in the Old Dominion. Unfortunately, this past week, House of Delegates Democratic Leader Ward Armstrong failed to answer questions from Delegate Tim Hugo as to why he would vote against HB2367, a measure that would reduce burdensome communications regulations in the Commonwealth. In the video below, Delegate Armstrong fails...
  • Ohio Senate Introduces Bill to Limit Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

    02/10/2011 10:13:59 AM PST · by SgtHooper · 29 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | Feb. 9, 2011 | Joe Guillen
    The Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer report that Ohio lawmakers introduced a GOP-backed bill yesterday that would eliminate collective bargaining for all state workers, potentially one of the first major changes to public-sector union law in the state in nearly 30 years. Collective bargaining would be abolished for state workers and reformed for employees of local governments under the proposed bill, which would also overhaul policy governing teachers' contracts and benefits, bargaining timelines, layoff procedures, and binding arbitration rules for police and firefighters. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other supporters say the reforms will give state and regional...
  • Gov. Snyder to Break Michigan's Corporate Welfare Habit

    02/03/2011 8:58:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    Although details are not yet clear, according to early reports Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed Michigan Business Tax replacement appears to be good news for advocates of sound economic policy. Whatever the final details, lowering the tax burden on job providers and making the system much less complex will surely provide a boost for commerce in the Great Lakes State. Arguably of equal importance, press reports are saying the governor’s proposal would also end the Michigan Economic Growth Authority’s selective corporate tax break and subsidy program, and the state film subsidies as well. Research by Mackinac Center analysts shows that, at...
  • Lawmakers Weigh Banning Required Union Dues [Indiana State Legislature]

    12/28/2010 7:06:29 PM PST · by DemforBush · 17 replies · 2+ views
    WRTV 6 (Indianapolis) ^ | 12/28/2010 | n/a
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Bills filed in the Indiana House that would ban workers from being required to pay union dues could spark a debate so divisive that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to avoid the issue. The so-called right-to-work legislation has been filed by Republicans who gained a House majority in the November election...
  • Right to work states faring better: This is our chance to break the union hold on our economy

    11/29/2010 8:11:57 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 29TH, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In its recent analysis, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found the GDP of 38 states had declined which caused a nationwide decline of 2.14%. As a group, the states that have fared relatively better during Obama’s recession, was the Right to Work (RTW) states. States with Right to Work policies saw a decline of -1.66% while the “Forced Unionization” states experienced a 2.42% GDP decline. Among the ten states whose economies were doing the best, just Alaska and West Virginia are forced unionization states. The fact that Alaska sells oil and West Virginia sells coal may explain their presence in...
  • Okay, GOP state legislatures: how about Right-To-Work legislation? (Vanity)

    11/12/2010 10:32:08 AM PST · by paladinan · 9 replies
    n/a ^ | 11-12-2010 | paladinan
    Speaking as a Wisconsinite who's agog at the fact that we now have a GOP-sweep of the state government (GOP governor-elect, GOP majorities in state senate and assembly), I wanted to toss this out, there: How about inundating our elected state officials with requests to pass Right-To-Work legislation??? Our largest teacher's union ("WEAC") is arguably the most powerful lobbying group in the state (and they were largely responsible for Jim Doyle planting himself in the governor's seat for 8 years), and they're the most relentless supporters of the Democratic party and the Culture of Death (abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research,...
  • Olin calls workers' bluff: Ammo plant to Mississippi [Union jobs head south!]

    11/05/2010 7:37:52 AM PDT · by Arcy · 47 replies
    STLToday.com ^ | Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 | Steve Giegerich
    A day after union workers rejected for a second time a contract that might have saved their jobs, the Metro East company told them it was moving about 1,000 ammunition production jobs from Metro East to Oxford, Miss. As members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 9 left the East Alton catering hall where the ballots were tallied Tuesday night, more than a few of the employees ventured that Olin was bluffing. The company, they maintained, had no intention of following through on its threat to move their jobs. On Wednesday, Olin called their bluff by...
  • Glenn returns to celebrate 25 years of Right to Work in Idaho

    08/05/2010 11:23:26 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 6 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 4 Aug 2010 | Dan Popkey
    One of the most polarizing figures in Idaho history is marking a triumph that changed the workplace and solidified the Republican hold on Idaho. Gary Glenn, now 52, was the baby-faced but ruthless leader of the long campaign to make Idaho the 21st of 22 states to outlaw "union shops," where workers are obligated to pay dues as a condition of employment. After the passage of Right to Work in 1985 over the veto of Democratic Gov. John Evans, voters affirmed the change 54 percent to 46 percent. The subsequent emasculation of a key component of the Democratic base has...
  • Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate Embraces Right-to-Work

    07/19/2010 1:30:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/16/2010 | Tom Gantert
    ...in the most heavily unionized state in the nation.
  • Missouri Governor Signs Law Targeting Illegal Aliens

    07/17/2010 7:39:22 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Numbers USA ^ | July 10, 2010 | Staff
    Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed into law today legislation that will make it harder for illegal aliens living in the state to receive benefits and harder to find jobs. The new legislations requires all public employers to use the E-Verify system to verify the legality of a potential employee and requires and individual to prove their citizenship status before receiving state benefits such as food stamps and housing. The bill also punishes those localities that adopt policies to not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Missouri joins Arizona, Oklahoma, and Georgia in instituting state-wide anti-illegal immigration laws. So far, the laws...
  • Can Michigan Become a Right-to-Work State?

    07/15/2010 5:35:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 35 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/15/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Some economists, such as the University of Michigan's Don Grimes, believe that if the state wants to compete for manufacturing jobs nationwide, right-to-work laws have to be considered. There are 22 states that have right-to-work laws that allow employees to decide whether to join a union. Michigan has a union shop provision allowing employers and unions to negotiate rules that mandate employees join a union or pay union dues and fees. Three Mackinac Center for Public Policy experts talk about the possibility of Michigan enacting right-to-work legislation after the November elections...