Right to Work Clipsheet November 20, 2015




Friedrichs Amicus Brief: National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

onlabor.org, November 18, 2015

“This point is dispositive,” the foundation claims, because “Abood‘s ‘free rider’ rationale is predicated on the opposite presumption: that exclusivity is a burden imposed on unions that impedes their ability to recruit members. This supposition turns reality on its head. Far from being an imposed burden, exclusive representation is a power that unions voluntarily seek for their own aggrandizement. And far from impairing recruitment, that mantle cloaks unions with government-conferred advantages in retaining members of which voluntary advocacy groups could only dream.”

Postal Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

govexec.com, November 12, 2015

“We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do,” Dimondstein said. “Applying that criterion, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country.”


Politico.com, November 20, 2015

SEIU Executive Board member Doug Collier told Morning Shift the board’s support for endorsing Hillary Clinton Tuesday was “overwhelming” and that the final tally “wasn’t even close.”

New Bill Would Strip IRS Employees of Union Rights

The End the Partisan IRS Culture (EPIC) Act, introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., would eliminate labor organization and collective bargaining requirements at the agency. Scott said he put the bill forward in light of the criticism the IRS has faced for its alleged political targeting and its use of official time.

Senates nixes paid union release time for public workers

Lansing State Journal Online, November 10, 2015

A divided Michigan Senate has narrowly voted to prohibit public employers from authorizing paid release time for unionized employees to conduct union business.


Politico.com, November 18, 2015

The House passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the NLRB from asserting jurisdiction over Native American tribes, a big loss for unions like UNITE Here, which represents workers in many California Indian casinos. The final vote tally was 249-177, with 24 Democrats supporting the bill.


Politico.com, November 18, 2015

The AFL-CIO released digital ads Tuesday attacking the Koch brothers whose only logical target audience would be nine highly educated viewers in black robes. The ads are an attempt to discredit groups like the Center for Individual Rights . . .

Republicans gain Kentucky House member, shrinking longtime Democratic majority

Reuters.com, November 20, 2015

Cross, a journalism professor at the University of Kentucky, said Butler came from a longtime Democratic family – his father served in the state House for 17 years – that represented blue- collar residents who have drifted away from the party as it embraced liberal stances on social issues.

Philadelphia union heads raided teacher health care fund to pay for offices

watchdog.org, November 16, 2015

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers officials used millions of taxpayer dollars earmarked for teacher health care to finance the operation of its troubled Center City headquarters and offer free rent to at least one tenant, a Watchdog investigation has revealed.

Will West Virginia Embrace Right-to-Work Legislation?

Heritage.org, November 17, 2015

West Virginia also has a long history of pro-union sentiment. But union members themselves oppose compulsory dues. One poll found that 80 percent of union members think that paying union dues should be the workers’ choice. West Virginia voters favor right-to-work by an almost three-to-one margin.

KY governor-elect lays out vision to WAVE 3 News

KY Wave 3 News.com, November 17, 2015

When it comes to employment, Bevin says Kentucky needs to join surrounding states in becoming “Right to Work,” making union membership voluntary. Bevin says for that to happen, it will probably take some historically Democrat districts flipping to Republican next year to give the GOP control of the House.

Detroit’s Big Three accelerate plans to build more small cars in Mexico

Reuters.com., November 16, 2015

AutoForecast Solutions estimates that GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler will collectively produce 45 percent of their small cars for the North American market in Mexico by 2020, up from 18 percent in 2014. LMC Automotive sees the 2020 figure at 37 percent, also against 18 percent last year, while IHS Automotive projects the Mexican percentage going to 42 percent in five years time, though it calculates the 2014 level at a higher level than the others, at 25 percent.

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams has faced criticism from union members that he has acquiesced to jobs going south. “For someone to suggest that we endorse products going to Mexico is just nonsense,” he wrote to UAW members last month. The UAW declined a request for a comment for this story.