NILRR Clipsheet September 18, 2015



Legislators in Missouri Take Aim at Union Dues

New York Times Online, September 15, 2015

“I know we’ve flipped some,” said Greg Mourad, a vice president at the National Right to Work Committee, which supports the legislation. “Whether we’ve flipped enough or not, I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out.”

Seattle kids return to school as teachers’ strike ends

Washington Examiner Online, September 17, 2015

More than 50,000 Seattle students finally get to start their school year Thursday. That’s more than a week later than originally scheduled, thanks to a teachers’ union strike.

The union declared victory, but the final salary hikes were not close to its initial demands.

In a win for the union, the district will no longer use test scores as a factor in teacher evaluations.

In spite of the strike, there doesn’t appear to be much bad blood between Seattle Public Schools and the teachers’ union.

UAW, Fiat Chrysler deal addresses 2-tier pay

Detroit News Online, September 16, 2015

Marchionne did say the contract addresses the issue of the tier-one/tier-two pay disparity under which newer workers are paid about $10 less per hour. He said it will go away “over time,” but would not elaborate if the system will be eliminated under the tentative deal.

One of the most radical changes in the new deal could be a new way to address health care costs that was inspired by the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, or VEBA, that controls health care costs for 860,000 UAW retirees and dependents.

The proposed pact is expected to set a pattern for General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. to follow in their ongoing negotiations.

Commission Ruling On Teachers Right To Work, September 17, 2015

A Michigan labor board says a one-month window to quit a school employee union is too restrictive and violates state law.

Right to Work boosts job creation, September 16, 2015

With 25 states currently in the “right to work” column and 25 states still practicing forced unionism, we at the Rio Grande Foundation decided to track in real time where jobs were actually moving across America. “Right to work” laws have traditionally been associated with greater job growth, but how did this process work in real time?

Every month this year, we at the Rio Grande Foundation have tracked job announcements from Area Development at our blog When it comes to job creation in 2015, “right to work” states are America’s job creation powerhouses. Despite somewhat smaller populations overall, Area Development notes 105,229 jobs created or added in the 25 “right to work” states. During the exact same time period, forced-unionism states created or added a mere 25,311 jobs.

Giving Power to the People, Not Unions, September 17, 2015

For instance, the plan would guarantee employees’ rights by strengthening secret-ballot elections.

Walker’s plan would change that to protect workers from threats, violence and extortion from unions. That’s why a President Walker would work with Congress to prohibit public employee unions altogether.

Walker’s plan also would establish a nationwide right-to-work law, making voluntary union dues the default option for all private- and public-sector workers.

And of course, Walker says that as president, he would stand in solidarity with any governor, Republican or Democrat, who “fights the big-government special interests in their state and takes on collective bargaining reform” as he did in Wisconsin.

The Walker plan includes many more reforms, such as a repeal of the Davis-Bacon wage controls, which alone could save taxpayers nearly $13 billion over the next 10 years. If implemented, it would be a giant step toward freeing businesses, employers, workers, and taxpayers from the incredible burden imposed on them by federal labor laws and union bosses.

Mandatory union fees banned for state employees

Lansing State Journal, September 16, 2015

Considering whether the state’s controversial right-to-work statutes applied to state workers, the Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on July 29 that the commission could not require employees covered by collective bargaining contracts to pay union dues or so-called “fair-share fees.” State workers already are covered by right-to-work policies through contract language, but the four commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to update regulations to make union dues voluntary.