NILRR Weekly News Clips December 27, 2013




Federal Labor Law Is Anti-Free Speech

NILRR, December 25, 2013

Now imagine that, after Smith has been formally seated on the council, you attend a public meeting sponsored by the mayor, as you always have in the past.  But when you start to state your opinion about a current issue, the mayor stops you.  ”I’m sorry,” she says.  ”I’d like to hear what you have to say, but I can’t, because my acceptance of your personal input could undermine Joe Smith’s status as your exclusive representative on the town council.” 

Did Michigan’s Climate Suddenly Get a Lot Better in 2013?, December 26, 2013

For many years prior to Michigan’s implementation of the 24th state Right to Work law this past spring, U.S. Census Bureau data and data from independent private sources such as the United Van Lines (UVL) moving company showed that far Americans were moving out of the Wolverine State than were moving into it.

Ex-Teamster trustee pleads guilty to bribery charges

Detroit News, December 23, 2013

Townsend of Dearborn Heights was indicted in June by a federal grand jury on conspiracy and bribery charges. He may also be ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced March 24, officials said.

MARC CHASE: Hoosier fiscal wisdom needed in Washington, December 24, 2013

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., deserves praise for attacking a portion — albeit a small one in the grand scheme — of wasteful and redundant government in our nation’s capital.

Rhode Island Public-Sector Unions Lock Horns with State Treasurer over Pensions, December 23, 2013

Among unions, the term “pension reform” is a red flag. In Rhode Island, labor officials are taking their opposition to a higher level. Early this month, a prominent researcher hired by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Ted Siedle, filed a request with the Securities & Exchange Commission requesting an investigation of Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Kinder: ‘The Votes Are There’ For Right-To-Work in 2014

KMOX radio, December 24, 2013

The Missouri Legislature is expected to consider right-to-work legislation when it meets in January and the state’s lieutenant governor says the legislation is likely to pass.

GOP leaders spearhead effort to create Right-To-Work Zones, December 22, 2013

In an effort to revitalize a manufacturing base that has lost 14 percent of its jobs since 2009, State Senate and House Republican leaders last week announced a proposal to create right-to-work zones in Delaware.

Indiana Gains Thousands Of Jobs, December 22, 2013

Indiana gained 25,300 private sector jobs in November, the largest one-month increase in the Hoosier State on record.

Michigan Gov. Snyder Reiterates Stand on Right to Work, December 22,2 013

“I’ll stand by right-to-work,” Snyder said in an interview Thursday with the Free Press. “What we’re seeing is a large increase in the pipeline of opportunities with companies that want to come to Michigan, because we’ve previously been screened out by site selectors, by parties that said they weren’t even going to look at Michigan.”

The Metro Areas With The Most Economic Momentum Going Into 2014

8 of the Top 10 are Right to Work States, December 26, 2013

America’s economy may be picking up steam, but it remains a story of parts, with the various regions of the country performing in often radically divergent ways.

Unions Get Big ObamaCare Christmas Present As Other Self-Insured Groups Get Scrooged, December 22, 2013

The union exemption deal will require that insurers who aren’t fully reimbursed by fees along with non-exempted self-insured employers will have to pay more to make up the shortfall. How will they make that up? How else but by passing on higher costs to their customers? The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that the fee for other non-exempt plans will be higher as a result.

Just Another Union Hypocrisy Story

Unions Talk But Don’t Deliver

The United Food and Commercial Workers union is funding campaigns to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 and unionize fast food workers. But an examination of UFCW contracts with the Kroger Company show that entry-level workers represented by UFCW are paid close to the current minimum wage, never reaching $15 an hour. Even managers with six years of experience do not earn $15 an hour.