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  • How State Bars Are Taking Down Conservative Attorneys

    07/05/2016 7:05:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    State bars across the country have become havens for the left in recent years, increasingly used to target conservative attorneys. With deep pockets — due to the exorbitant amount of dues they charge attorneys in order to practice law — it is impossible to fight back once targeted. More than half of state bars are mandatory, which means they are unavoidable if you want to practice law. This is very disturbing, considering many of these states have right-to-work laws. Why are attorneys required to join a union? Arizona has one of the most corrupt state bars in the country. Many...
  • 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers

    05/24/2016 12:30:28 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/21/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A leaked memo revealed how the states largest teachers union planned to get around Michigans new right-to-work law soon after it was enacted. The law repeals the power previously enjoyed by the union to get a school employee fired for not paying it dues or fees. In the memo from December 2012, Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook laid out the unions strategy: We will use any legal means at our disposal to collect the dues owed under signed membership forms from any members who withhold dues prior to terminating their membership in August for the following fiscal year. Same...
  • West Virginia Right-to-Work May Turn on Supreme Court Race

    05/09/2016 10:39:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/4/2016 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    A May 10 election in West Virginia could leave the states new right-to-work law in peril. On that day, voters will decide whether to re-elect Republican Justice Brent Benjamin to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, or replace him, possibly with union-supported Darrell McGraw. McGraw, who is seen as leading the pack of those challenging the 12-term justice, is endorsed almost entirely by unions. If elected, he would be the fourth Democrat on the five-member court. Flawed Dane County ruling may show the way to killing RTW in West Virginia and nationally The main concern of those who favor...
  • John Kasich wishes more Republicans liked Democrats ideas

    04/22/2016 7:38:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | JASON HART
    Now you’ve done it, Republicans. You’ve disappointed John Kasich. In a Wednesday interview with The Washington Post, Kasich — continuing his sad presidential campaign’s efforts to equate Ted Cruz with Donald Trump — whined about being one of few Republicans who cares about ideas.“See, I am a fundamental believer in ideas,” Kasich said. “If you don’t have ideas, you got nothing. And frankly, my Republican Party doesn’t like ideas. They want to be negative against things.”Every word of this is trademark John Weaver, the sometime Democrat consultant running Kasich’s campaign. Within a few hours, lefty opinion columnists were using Kasich’s...
  • Judge Rules Wisconsin's Right To Work Statute Illegal -- Now What?

    04/20/2016 12:10:35 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 20, 2016 | George Leef
    Just over a year ago, Wisconsin became the 25th state to adopt a right to work law, as states are allowed to do under Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. Many people misunderstand what the phrase right to work (RTW) means. A RTW law does not guarantee anyone a job. Nor does it damage or prohibit unions, as Big Labor advocates often suggest. All that a RTW law does is to deny the validity of collective bargaining contract clauses that require the company to fire a worker because he or she refuses to pay the union dues. But...
  • Judge strikes down Wisconsins right-to-work law

    04/09/2016 5:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2016 | John Sexton
    The right-to-work law promoted by Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin was struck down Friday by a judge in Dane County. ABC affiliate WBAY reports: The unions, including the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers and International Association of Machinists, argued the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of their property because it allows workers who don’t pay union dues to still receive union benefits.State attorneys argued the law is constitutional since it technically doesn’t take any money out of union coffers.Judge William Foust agreed the law amounts to taking the unions’ property without just compensation, and that it violates the state...
  • Court rules Wisconsin right-to-work law is unconstitutional

    04/08/2016 5:39:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 6:24 PM EDT | Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond
    Wisconsins right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution. Attorney General Brad Schimel, also a Republican, promised to appeal the decision and said he was confident it would not stand, noting that no similar law has been struck down in any other state. [] Three unions filed the lawsuit last year shortly after Walker signed the bill into law. [] The unions argued that Wisconsins law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property since unions now must extend benefits to workers who dont...
  • Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report

    04/06/2016 7:06:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A study published by the University of Michigan claims that the state's decision to hire a nonunion contractor to run prison cafeterias led to gangs. But the reports methodology allowed a labor union critical of privatization to hand-pick which prison guards participated in focus groups that the author used as a foundation for his report. According to the report, "The Michigan Corrections Officers recruited participants, arranged interview locations, and reimbursed participants for travel." Roland Zullo wrote the publication for the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy at the University of Michigan. It concluded that the contractor's employees...
  • SCOTUS Ruling Forces Teachers to Bankroll Union They Would Never Voluntarily Join

    04/01/2016 12:57:35 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 1, 2016 | Stan Greer
    The two sides in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the closely watched U.S. legal case in which a 4-4 U.S. Supreme Court barely upheld a 39-year-old precedent regarding the constitutionality of forced union fees as a job condition in the government sector on March 29, seemed bitterly divided. And they were, for the most part. But on one important matter in Friedrichs, by the time oral arguments were heard in January, there was no longer any dispute between the plaintiffs 10 independent-minded Golden State educators and the respondents the officers of the National Education Association (NEA) union...
  • 'Paycheck protection' bill filibustered in Missouri Senate, passes anyway

    03/06/2016 7:31:01 AM PST · by kevcol · 12 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | Mar 2, 2016 | Jack Suntrup
    The debate started with a bleep, when Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, questioned Republican Sen. Dan Brown of Rolla, the bill's Senate carrier. "Senator, you know, out of all due respect, this is some bull (expletive)," Nasheed said. Brown disagreed, and Nasheed was chastised for not maintaining decorum. "Senator, what you're doing right now what you're doing is trying to undermine and do away with unions as we know it. That's what you're doing."
  • West Virginia Will Become the 26th Right-To-Work State

    02/12/2016 6:53:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed legislation to make West Virginia the 26th right-to-work state, but was quickly overridden by the Republican legislature. For bills that don't deal with budgetary matters or appropriations, a simple majority is needed to override a veto. The state senate had already done so. And the State House of Delegates was expected to follow suit, given that there are 64 Republican members. The law goes into effect July 1 (via Metro News ): The House of Delegates and state Senate made quick work of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's vetoes on the bills that...
  • With West Virginia, A Majority Of The States Are Now Right-To-Work

    02/12/2016 2:18:59 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2016 | George Leef
    On February 12, the West Virginia legislature voted to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the right-to-work bill it had passed on February 4. The measure will take effect in May and the state will then be the 26th state to have such a law. Exactly what do “right-to-work” laws do? They provide that workers cannot be fired because they decline to pay union dues. Public opinion polls consistently show that a solid majority of Americans agree that no one should lose his or her job for deciding not to pay what the union demands. Public opinion isn’t always...
  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

    02/12/2016 11:18:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 1:49 PM EST | Jonathan Mattise
    West Virginia is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. State lawmakers rebuked Thursday's veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, voting along party lines in their House and Senate. Some House Republicans voted "no," though only a simple majority was required. ...
  • Hardin County's right-to-work ordinance invalidated in federal court ruling

    02/06/2016 7:05:46 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/6/2016 | Kevin Wheatley
    A federal judge struck down Hardin County's [Kentucky] right-to-work ordinance in an order Wednesday, ruling that states, not counties, can exempt themselves from portions of the National Labor Relations Act. U.S. District Judge David Hale dismissed each of the county's arguments for its ordinance, which passed Hardin County Fiscal Court Jan. 13 and barred unions from collecting fees from non-members. "The NLRA preempts the right-to-work, hiring-hall, and dues-checkoff provisions of Hardin County Ordinance 300," Hale wrote in his order. "Section 14(b) is the only exception to NLRA preemption of the field of labor relations, and it does not extend to...
  • Federal judge overturns local right-to-work laws in Kentucky

    02/04/2016 9:18:35 AM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    WLKY.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | WLKY
    In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Hale said only state governments have the authority to opt out of a federal law that allows closed shop or agency shop agreements, which require employees to join a labor union or pay union dues regardless if they are a union member.
  • West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State

    01/21/2016 1:47:23 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/18/2016 | Jason Hart
    CHARLESTON — Thousands of union members crowded the West Virginia Capitol Wednesday night to protest right-to-work and other items on the Legislature’s agenda. In a campaign organized by the West Virginia AFL-CIO, union members were bused to the Capitol to kick off lobbying efforts for the state's 60-day legislative session. The protesters gathered under the Capitol dome and chanted at legislators who were on their way to the governor’s annual state of the state address. Union officials want to prevent any changes to prevailing wage requirements for government-funded construction projects, avoid cuts to government employee health benefits and prevent West...
  • Should Workers Be Forced to Pay Union Dues, or Be Fired?

    01/09/2016 1:24:48 PM PST · by willowsdale · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/7/2016 | Mark Mix
    On Monday, January 11 the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear expanded oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case brought by 10 Golden State public school teachers. Friedrichs is directly based on precedents set by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation’s last two Supreme Court victories, Knox v. SEIU (2012) and Harris v. Quinn (2014). Friedrichs challenges the constitutionality of public sector forced unionism, which was deemed constitutional in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education in 1977. A decision in Friedrichs that overturns Abood would prohibit public sector union bosses nationwide from compelling employees...
  • The Lincolnshire Right-To-Work vote is a very big deal. Here’s why - (Illinois Right-To-Work)

    12/26/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 21 replies
    Reboot Illinois ^ | Dec. 2, 2015 | Mark Glennon
    We told you early this year that right-to-work would likely come to Illinois but it would have nothing to do with what Governor Rauner or the General Assembly do in Springfield, and it would come locally. That is what happened last night in Lincolnshire, where the village board, by a five to one vote, made the town a right to work zone. This was not like other votes taken earlier this year by other towns, which were nonbinding expressions of policy. Lincolnshire actually enacted right-to-work, and it potentially sets a huge precedent. You may recall that, in March, Illinois Attorney...
  • Right-to-Work-for-More: Income is Growing in Michigan

    10/27/2015 1:29:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the personal income of Michigan residents grew 3.7 percent between the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015. Even more impressive, from 2012 through the second quarter of 2015 personal income here has increased by 9.2 percent here (from $382 billion to $417 billion). Nationwide, income growth during this same span was 8.3 percent. Michigan became a right-to-work state in December of 2012. The law became effective in March 2013. ForTheRecord says: When Michigans right-to-work law was enacted at the end of 2012, unions attacked...
  • The Firefighters Union Just Abandoned Plans to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

    10/02/2015 8:23:33 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 29 replies
    The International Association of Fire Fighters, a politically powerful labor union, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing union sources, the Times said the Clinton campaign was told on Monday by IAFF President Harold Schaitberger that there was not enough support on the union's board or its rank-and-file members for an endorsement of the Democratic front-runner.
  • Firefighters Union Backs Away From Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

    10/02/2015 7:07:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2015 | By NOAM SCHEIBER and AMY CHOZICK
    The International Association of Fire Fighters, one of the countrys more politically powerful unions, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, according to union sources. Harold A. Schaitberger, the unions general president, informed Mrs. Clintons campaign manager, Robby Mook, in a telephone call on Monday. According to a union official, Mr. Schaitberger told Mr. Mook that the executive board and rank-and-file members the latter were recently polled did not support a Clinton endorsement. The early support of a cross section of unions most prominently the American Federation of Teachers, which endorsed Mrs....
  • As UAW contract ends, Wisconsin workers rights expand

    08/29/2015 3:22:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 8-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin A worker-freedom organization is sending a special legal notice to unionized employees of the Big Three automakers in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation wants United Auto Workers members at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to know their new workplace rights now that they are residents of right-to-work states. Those new rights kick in Sept. 15, after the old UAW contracts, which included forced union dues, expire. In a statement Thursday, the Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said that once the UAWs monopoly bargaining contracts with the automakers end, all...
  • Hoffa: They Declared War on Us

    09/06/2011 9:21:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ann Compton
    Teamsters President James Hoffa makes no apology for taking on the Tea Party during a union labor celebration, claiming, They declared war on us. In Detroit, before President Obama arrived for a Labor Day speech, Hoffa rallied the crowd, We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. President Obama, this is your army, Hoffa concluded to applause, his voice raising to a shout. We are ready to march. Lets take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America...
  • Michigan supreme court upholds right to work status for state workers

    07/30/2015 7:45:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    While taking place at the state level, this one could be very big for the Right to Work movement. The state supreme court in Michigan has dealt a double blow to the unions and the state government apparatus which is essentially owned by them. The Justices ruled yesterday that not only is Right to Work the law of the land for private industry, but it applies to public sector workers as well, and they can’t be forced to participate in unions against their wishes. (Detroit Free Press) The Michigan Supreme Court, in an opinion that has the effect of...
  • New Bill Would Guarantee Secret Ballot For Workers [Would also require unions to be recertified]

    07/28/2015 3:12:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/28/15 | Bill McMorris
    Republicans are pushing for legislation that could fundamentally shift American labor law away from hereditary and coercive unionism.On Monday, GOP lawmakers in the house and Senate introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that would guarantee secret ballot union elections. It also allows workers to hold regular re-certification to see whether unions still enjoy support from members, a stark change from the status quo in which unions inherit members unless employees successfully follow onerous decertification procedures.Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) introduced the legislation in Congress with the hope that it will return the focus of labor law to individual workers,...
  • Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    07/24/2015 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Mackinac Center ^ | July 23, 2015 | Vincent Vernuccio
    "There will be blood. There will be repercussions." Such is the common threat made against those who dare take on the union juggernaut. Michigans State Rep. Shenelle Jackson (D-Detroit) made the threat clear in 2012 during the passage of that states law on worker freedom. "What you're doing today will only serve to empower [Democrats]. We will win back this chamber, possibly take the Senate back and certainly win the governorship. Unfortunately for Rep. Jackson and her allies, the exact opposite happened. Not a single state representative or senator who voted for right-to-work lost in the general election and the...
  • Scott Walker: Satan's Candidate

    07/20/2015 2:34:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Pravda ^ | July 20, 2015 | David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor
    At the beginning of my recent article, Will Wisconsin's Ignorance Become America's Ignorance Again? (Pravda.Ru, 03/04/2015), I stated, "Ever since America's politicized, corrupt, unethical, corporate-controlled Supreme Court decided the cases of Citizens United vs. FEC (2010) and McCutcheon vs. FEC (2014), I have written numerous articles for Pravda.Ru describing how these two decisions destroyed the ability of working class Americans to exercise their once fundamental right to freedom of speech and unleashed a torrent of unbridled political corruption that is rapidly replacing democracy with corporate fascism." As the machinations of Wisconsin governor, and newly announced presidential candidate, Scott Walker graphically...
  • Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work

    07/13/2015 10:01:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2012, teachers in the Roscommon area school district became the first in decades to "decertify" the Michigan Education Association fire it and start their own independent union. Now, three years later, the president of the startup local, called the Roscommon Teachers Association, said 64 of 65 eligible teachers have voluntarily paid dues as of the recently completed school year. It probably didn't hurt that the union's $500 dues are about half the amount charged by the MEA, the state's largest teachers union. Roscommon teachers show that voluntary unionism can thrive if the union is proving its worth...
  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    06/30/2015 9:41:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    Associtated Press ^ | June 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. The justices said Tuesday they will hear an appeal from a group of California teachers who say it violates their First Amendment rights to have to pay any fees if they disagree with a union's positions and don't want to join it.
  • Poll: Was it improper for Missouri Gov.Nixon to accept a $50,000 donation from UAW

    06/15/2015 3:03:57 PM PDT · by ncfool · 17 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received a $50,000 donation from the United Auto Workers international headquarters in Detroit days after his June 4 veto of a bill that would stop employers from having workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.
  • SC Gov. Haley predicts workers at planned Volvo plant will drive UAW away

    06/02/2015 1:02:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Volvo's choice of right-to-work state South Carolina for its $500 million assembly plant puts the Swedish car maker on a collision course with the United Auto Workers, but Gov. Nikki Haley predicts the union will be the latest labor organization to find itself unwelcome in the Palmetto State. The company announced last week plans for its first facility in North America, a plant that will employ up to 2,000 workers and turn out 100,000 cars per year. Haley, an outspoken critic of unions, has made it clear the union is unwelcome, but United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said his...
  • An American workplace war that's reached a tipping point

    06/01/2015 12:56:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 29, 2015 | Scott Cohen
    The debate has America splitliterally. With Wisconsin's adoption of so-called right-to-work legislation earlier this year, 25 states now prohibit mandatory union dues, and with legislation being pushed in several more states, the right-to-work movement is talking about a national "tipping point." Under right-to-work legislation, no person can be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or not to join a labor union or pay dues. Republican legislators in Missouri passed a right-to-work measure this month, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has said he will veto the bill. A bill almost passed in New Mexico, and backers are pushing similar...
  • Scott Walker in Contrast [Libertarian "dissects" his rise using racial cues]

    05/15/2015 1:52:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 11, 2015 | Sean Scallon
    Scott Walker is certainly ambitious, and planning a run for president may seem par for the course. But for a long time—most of the 1990s, in fact—Walker was content to be a backbencher in the state assembly and didn’t do much to advance himself up the party ranks. While the seniority he gathered in his state assembly career (1993–2002) from his safe Republican district just outside Milwaukee allowed him to chair some committees, the most attention-grabbing thing he did was to protest the hiring of a Wiccan as a chaplain in a state prison. The idea that he would become...
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national right to work law: As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what its in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who dont have those opportunities today.Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • Millennials Dont Want to Join Unions, Heres Why

    04/13/2015 3:00:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jared Meyer
    Unions are in trouble. Membership is declining, public pension plans are dangerously underfunded, and young workers are not interested in diverting a portion of their paychecks to dues that offer them few benefits in return. Half the states have passed right to work legislation that says that workers cannot be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. In the face of these challenges, the union membership rate has fallen to a 100-year low. Membership rates continue to fall as traditionally unionized industries such as steel and textiles move offshore and younger workers choose the non-union sector. Only...
  • South Carolina governor takes aim at union 'bullies' in Boeing labor vote

    04/02/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Colleen Jenkins
    - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley considers the bid to unionize workers at Boeing Co's North Charleston plant a threat to one of her state's corporate crown jewels, and she is turning to radio, speeches and social media to denounce the campaign. "We don't need their bully middleman tactics between our associates and their employer," she wrote on Twitter last month. It was a message in keeping with Haley's previous declarations that she is a "union buster" who wears high heels to kick out organized labor "thugs" seeking to gain a foothold in the state. The April 22 union vote...
  • Unions and Wages [Governor Scott Walker helps top 10%]

    03/19/2015 2:05:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | CRAIG BECKER General Counsel, A.F.L.-C.I.O. Washington
    "......Right-to-work laws make collective bargaining more difficult by requiring that union members pay for the representation of nonmembers. Burdening those who desire union representation does not make economic sense, particularly now when, as researchers at the International Monetary Fund just concluded, the decline in union representation is a key contributor to the increasing share of income going to the top 10 percent instead of into workers pockets. That is what the juxtaposition of your two articles demonstrates, and that is what Governor Walker appears to want.
  • More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan

    03/13/2015 11:08:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Since its right-to-work law took effect, Michigan has experienced the nation's sixth-largest growth in the number of people working, adding 141,990 jobs from March 2013 through December 2014, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. California saw the largest increase during that span, adding 603,174 jobs. On a percentage basis, Michigan employment grew 3.3 percent, ranking 15th overall in the nation. North Dakota held the top spot, growing its workforce by 5.4 percent. Michigan had 4,294,532 jobs in March of 2013, a number that increased to 4,436,522 in December of 2014. The data on jobs comes from the monthly...
  • Wis. Business Owner Upset Over Right-To-Work Expanding in Minn.

    03/11/2015 4:55:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    AP via CBS Minnesota ^ | March 10, 2015 9:31 AM
    A Wisconsin business owner upset over enactment of a right-to-work law and other policies says he is expanding in Minnesota because the economic policies there are more conducive for his operation. James Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls, said Monday that he was accelerating plans to expand an office in Lakeville, Minnesota, that currently has two full-time employees. [] Hoffman says the decision is based on business, not politics.
  • Senate committee tables right-to-work bill (NM Democrats)

    03/11/2015 12:13:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE A New Mexico right-to-work bill that has reignited old economic arguments and fanned partisan flames was shot down Tuesday in a Senate committee, leaving its path to final approval blocked with less than two weeks left in the 60-day legislative session. The proposed change in state labor laws was derailed on a 5-3 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee, after majority Democrats thwarted a GOP attempt last week to have the House-approved legislation sent to the full Senate for a vote. Labor union leaders lauded the vote but said they will be on the lookout...
  • Right to Work Initiative in Washington State

    03/11/2015 9:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2015 | James Simpson
    On Tuesday, March 10, Washington States Employee Rights Political Action Committee (erpac.org), announced a grassroots initiative to replace restrictive employee laws with personal choice that both allows employees to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, and assists business in growing jobs. Called the Employee Rights Act, (I-1395) this new ballot initiative, if passed, will end compulsory union membership, ensuring an employees ability to find and keep gainful employment regardless of membership status and allow employers to hire without regard to a prospective employee's union participation. It will also allow employees to opt out of automatic union dues deduction....
  • Scott Walker Punches Back Twice As Hard At Obama (Good read)

    03/10/2015 4:31:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Principles: If Republicans want to know how to respond to President Obama's barbs and attacks, they should pay close attention to what Gov. Scott Walker said after Obama smacked him for signing a right-to-work bill. Obama, who believes that he should comment on anything and everything under the sun, issued a written statement condemning the law. "I'm deeply disappointed," he said, "that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy."
  • The Right-to-Work Fight You Aren't Hearing About [in New Mexico]

    03/10/2015 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eric Garcia
    ..Tamara Kay, a professor in the sociology department at the University of New Mexico, criticized right-to-work laws as "kindergarten math."Much of the focus on fights over right-to-work laws has been on Rust Belt states like Michigan, Indiana, and now Wisconsin, as its governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill Monday. But there's also a high stakes showdown underway in New Mexico. Late last month, the state's House of Representatives passed a right-to-work bill, setting up a face-off with the Senate, which could raise the profile of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, positioning her as a Walker-esque rising...
  • Obama slams Walker's right-to-work law [Has Walker moved Wisconsin into the Red column?]

    03/10/2015 12:56:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    In a sharp jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama on Monday criticized Wisconsin's newly-signed law to prevent workers from being obliged to pay union dues as a "sustained, coordinated assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government." "I'm deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will WEAKEN, rather than strengthen workers in the new economy," Obama said. "Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans ...
  • Obama Attacks Scott Walker

    03/09/2015 7:24:54 PM PDT · by cornelis · 60 replies
    NRO Corner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama is deeply disappointed in Governor Scott Walker (R., Ohio) for signing right-to-work legislation that allows workers to decide if they want to pay union dues or not. Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past, Obama said in a Tuesday evening statement. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, Id encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415134/krauthammers-take-disclose-everything-ian-tuttle
  • Wisconsin Becomes 25th Right-to-Work State

    03/09/2015 1:59:12 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 17 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-9-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Earlier today, following rigorous debate in the legislature, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law SB 44, a right-to-work bill that makes union dues and participation optional for workers. SB 44 will further expand employee rights in Wisconsin and help create an atmosphere hospitable to economic growth. Right-to-work laws grant employees the freedom of choosing whether to financially support a union by prohibiting the payment of dues as a condition of employment. The implementation of voluntary union dues maximizes individual freedom in the pursuit of employment while holding unions more accountable to their members. Under a non-right-to-work states system of...
  • Scott Walker signs right-to-work bill (Wisconsin)

    03/09/2015 8:51:02 AM PDT · by UB355 · 56 replies
    Mikwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/9/2015 | Jason Stein
    Overhauling more than a half century of labor law in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed so-called right-to-work legislation banning labor contracts that require private sector workers to pay labor fees. In a matter of weeks, Republicans pushed through the measure making Wisconsin the 25th state with such a law, giving a victory to manufacturers in the state and a blow to organized labor and some construction firms, which had opposed the measure. The passage marks a shift in the GOP governor's position that comes as he pursues an all but certain presidential run. Walker said repeatedly during the...
  • Scott Walkers Righteous Victory in Wisconsin

    03/09/2015 1:57:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | March 9, 2015 | The Editors
    We are halfway there: On Friday, the state assembly of Wisconsin voted to make the state the 25th to pass right-to-work legislation, and Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill with some satisfaction. Thats 25 down, 25 to go. (Our optimism is not so unanchored as to consider the sorry case of the District of Columbia.) Right-to-work laws end the practice of union bosses enriching their organizations through a legal variety of extortion under which all workers are required to pay the equivalent of union dues, whether they wish to be represented by a particular union or do...
  • Nathan B Forrest's Address to the Pole Bearers

    03/07/2015 11:30:33 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 117 replies
    Civil War Talk ^ | 2007 | Sears
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate...
  • Three Cheers for Scott Walker's Union Busting! [Who could be against the right to work?]

    03/07/2015 11:45:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 7, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    In America, you have the right to remain silent, the right to riseand soon the right to work. At least that is if you live in Wisconsin, or one of the other right-to-work states that allow private sector workers to opt out of union membership. Next week, it is expected that Gov. Scott Walker will sign legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to pass right-to-work legislation. Interestingly, Walker didn't actively push for this legislation, but his signature will nonetheless guarantee one more feather in the cap of a Republican governor who has helped transform his state in recent years. You...