NILRR Clipsheet July 17, 2015

Federal Union Lawyers Rediscover Freedom of Non-Association

National Institute for Labor Relations Research, July 16, 2015

In November, 2011, Jarman, a security guard at Red River Army Depot (RRAD) in Texarkana, Texas, applied for membership in Local 2189 of the NFFE union after being promoted to a job that put him under that union’s “exclusive” (monopoly) bargaining power.

Local 2189 kingpins and their loyalists did not want to admit Jarman, who while employed as a security guard had also served as president of Local 124 of the International Guards Union of America (IGUA). The NFFE officials had had run-ins with Jarman ever since 2008, when he became IGUA Local 124 president.

Non-Union State Employees Claim Legal Win Over Dues Issue

Hartford Courant, July 16, 2015

The state has quietly settled a suit that challenged what critics claim was a policy permitting a labor union to collect dues from state employees who choose not to be union members.

The employees who brought the class action suit are members of a bargaining unit of about 2,300 engineering, scientific and technical personnel. They were represented by the nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

U.S. seeks 22-plus years for ex-Ironworkers leader, July 15, 2015

Still, prosecutors have urged a federal judge to add at least seven years to the mandatory minimum 15-year sentence he faces for overseeing his union’s sustained campaign of using arson, intimidation, and sabotage to land work for its members.

Lawyers delve into history in Convention Center labor case, July 16, 2015

In its legal fight to keep union carpenters out of the building, the Convention Center’s lawyers took a walk through the dark side of local labor history this week.

Even Teachers Are No Fans of Forced Union Payments

Wall Street Journal Online, July 15, 2015

Only 34% of the public support agency fees, while 43% oppose them. The remaining 23% declined to take a position. If this latter group are put to one side, a clear majority, 56%, favor ending the union shop. That finding is consistent with the public’s overall opinion of teachers unions, we found—as only 30% say they have had a positive effect on schools and 39% say they have a negative effect.

Alabama’s right-to-work status a significant contributor to recent manufacturing boom, July 15, 2015

The last several months and years have seen thousands of manufacturing and tech jobs move to Alabama from other states, and Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary says he knows why: Alabama’s status as a right-to-work state.

Labor Vows to Defeat Walker and His ‘Idiotic’ Union Policies, July 15, 2015

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called Walker a “national disgrace” while Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin branch of the federation of trade unions, said “a Scott Walker presidency is a scary, scary thing for America.”

Millionaire Union Head Endorses Millionaire Grandmother

Washington Free Beacon, July 13, 2015

Randi Weingarten, the millionaire who runs the American Federation of Teachers, defended the union endorsement of fellow millionaire Hillary Clinton at a gathering of teachers on Monday.

The Clinton family has longstanding ties to Weingarten, who rose to prominence as head of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers. AFT gave between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, which charitable watchdogs described as a “slush fund” for the Clinton family.