NILRR Clips August 15, 2014




Poll Shows State Supports Philosophy Behind ‘Right-To-Work’, August 15, 2014

A poll of 500 residents, conducted in July by Google Consumer Surveys, found that 75 percent of respondents said “yes” when asked: “Should employees have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union?”

Wisconsin public sector unions still losing members

Washington Examiner Online, August 12, 2014

Recent Labor Department filings show just how drastic this decline has been for organized labor.

Big Labor, Big Government Team Up To Oppress Farm Workers

Forbes Online, August 12, 2914

Unfortunately, farm workers in California’s Central Valley are finding their civil liberties stripped from them today — by a government agency.

Checking Out of the Hotel California . . . Teachers Union, August 14, 2014

From CEAFU Key Leader, Larry Sand and Mike Antonucci,

Even a current union leader has seen the light. Via National Right to Work Committee’s Stan Greer, we learn that veteran union organizer Gary Casteel, who was recently promoted to secretary-treasurer of the United Auto Workers, favors right-to-work laws:

3 homes, $200,000-plus pay for possible mayoral candidate Lewis

Chicago Sun Times Online, August 12, 2014

Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president now considering whether to run for mayor, has frequently railed against the influence of the wealthy.

When she first ran for CTU president four years ago, Lewis promised not to make more than the highest-paid teacher.

In Order to Grow, Does Labor Need to Shrink?, August 12, 2014

Two recent developments hint that the beleaguered American labor movement could find a way to expand by, counterintuitively, narrowing the size of its locals and bargaining units.

Federal agencies spend millions on union business, August 11, 2014

“Taxpayers spent around $156 million on federal employees who did no federal work at all,” said Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government.

Head of a U.S. firefighters’ group pushes for cut in pensions, August 11, 2014

PHOENIX Bryan Jeffries, the chief of Arizona’s firefighters’ association, has been arguing to anyone who will listen that his members – and the state’s police officers, too – should volunteer to cut their own pension benefits.

Watch Closely Obama’s Treatment of Unions, August 12, 2014

The executive order, signed on July 31, leaves the administration with enormous discretion for enforcement and gives it one more tool to bash its enemies and reward its friends.

Four Ironworkers defendants plead not guilty to racketeering conspiracy, August 15, 2014

Indictments filed in February and last month accused the Ironworkers’ former top leadership and other members of threatening, committing or conspiring acts of violence against contractors in an effort to force them to hire union members on their jobs.

Federal Employees Union Says Obamacare Could ‘Hurt’ Members

Weekly Standard Online, August 14, 2014

. . . on the union’s website, there’s a handy list of 13 active pieces of legislation (all sponsored by Republicans) that the NTEU says it wants to stop. “Warning!” reads the top of the fact sheet. “Which of these bills could hurt you? ALL OF THEM.”

Among the bills is H.R. 1780, sponsored by Michigan Republican Dave Camp. The NTEU says the bill could hurt workers because it would “require most federal employees to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program…and instead join health plans established under the Affordable Care Act.”

Blown Gasket

Washington Free Beacon, August 14, 2014

Employees forced into a union by the Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board in 2011 will be given a chance to decertify it next week.