NILRR Clips December 05, 2014




Union Organizers, Not Actual Employees, Turn Out for Walmart Black Friday Protests

My Freedom Foundation Online, December 3, 2014

Many of the same individuals appear repeatedly in the photos. All told, it appears that about 17 different individuals participated in at least one of the eight “actions” at local Walmarts.

Wisconsin Senate to quickly take up right-to-work legislation, December 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Thursday he was gathering information on so-called right-to-work legislation so that it could be taken up early next year. Right-to-work laws — such as those approved in recent years in Michigan and Indiana — prohibit employers from striking deals with private-sector unions to require workers to pay dues.

Which American States are the Most Free?

National Center for Policy Analysis, December 3, 2014

Which American states are the most free? Texas, South Dakota and North Dakota, according to a new report from the Fraser Institute on economic freedom. In fourth place was Virginia, followed by New Hampshire, Louisiana and Nebraska in fifth place, Tennessee in the ninth spot and Indiana, Georgia and Utah tied for tenth.

Santa Clara County druggists sue over union dues collection

San Jose Mercury News Online, December 4, 2014

VMC pharmacist Jeffery Lum and Andrew Li, a licensed pharmacist who deals with electronic health information and records, filed the suit with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s San Jose Division.

The National Right to Work Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides free legal aid to employees “whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses,’’ is representing both men in the suit.

Right-to-work front and center in Wisconsin, December 4, 2014

on average, those states saw private sector, nonfarm employment rise 16.2 percent between 2003 and 2013 compared to 9.3 percent in the so-called forced-unionism states, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research.

NILRR also found [9] that over the period real employee growth increased 15.1 percent in right-to-work states, while the increase was 8.2 percent in states with compulsory unionism.

Ohio teachers union loses members, hikes dues, December 5,2014

The Ohio Education Association lost members and hiked dues this year, taking more money from fewer teachers and paying union president Becky Higgins $214,538.

Illinois Public Employees Prepare for a Bruising Fight with Bruce Rauner

In These Times Online,  December 3, 2014

However, facing the threat of a viciously anti-union Republican who has vowed to replace state workers’ pensions with 401(k)s and to create “right-to-work zones” within the state—the union spent $2.3 million to defeat Rauner, rallying members with the somewhat uninspiring internal slogan, “At least we know how to fight Quinn.”

A Pyrrhic Pension Victory

City Journal Online, December 2, 2014

Without the ability to fix a hugely indebted retirement system with more than $100 billion in unfunded liabilities, Illinois legislators and local officials will continue to rely on harsh fiscal remedies to balance their budgets. Government employees in the Prairie State can expect layoffs and stagnant wages for years. This is the price of victory when there’s no more money to go around.

Your tax dollars…down the drain: Increasing use of ‘official time’ at federal agencies

Highland County Press Online, December 2, 2014

The report’s findings are sobering. In the ten agencies sampled by GAO, official time hours increased from 2.0 to 2.5 million between 2006 and 2013, with the biggest increases in the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and Transportation. Total federally-paid official time hours exceeded 3.4 million in 2012 (the latest year data are available), costing taxpayers over $156 million.

Walmart gets Ohio court order restraining union front groups

Ohio, December 2, 2014

Winkler found that UFCW’s “unauthorized entries onto Walmart’s private property throughout the State of Ohio are likely to continue in the future and a substantial and irreparable injury to Walmart and its property would be unavoidable” in the absence of a restraining order.

The Gangs of New York

Wall Street Journal Online, November 30, 2014

In 2001 the major city hotels bought labor peace through a multi-employer collective-bargaining agreement known as the Industry Wide Agreement, or IWA. The New York Hotel Trades Council (AFL-CIO) and the Hotel Association of New York City, the trade group for the five boroughs, agreed that association members would be neutral when the union tries to organize a property and abide by “card check.” That’s the gambit that denies workers their right to secret ballots in labor elections.