NILRR Right to Work News Clips December 09, 2016


Kanawha circuit judge holds hearing on right-to-work law

West Virginia Record Online, December 06, 2016

Mark Mix, the president for the National Right to Work Foundation, said in a press release that “Big Labor’s” latest attack on Right to Work is in a state where there is “overwhelmingly support for the measure.”

“Big Labor’s lawyers are pushing to find any possible loophole they can use to attack worker freedom to protect the union bosses’ forced dues cash flow,” Mix said.

Setting the record straight on Betsy DeVos and charter schools in Michigan

Washington Examiner Online, December 05, 2016

According to a highly regarded study, in just one year Michigan charter school students earn an additional two months of learning gains over their traditional public school counterparts. For Detroit, charter students get an additional three months of learning in math and reading when compared to their traditional school peers.

The Trump Challenge to Big Labor

Washington Times Online, December 05, 2016

The election results suggest these resources would have been better spent trying to influence their own members. Unions spent 87 percent of these contributions on Democrats, yet CNN and Fox News exit polling found that support at the top of the ticket was close, with Democrat Hillary Clinton beating Republican Donald Trump among union member households by only 8 percent. In comparison, President Obama won union households by 18 percent in 2012.

Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades

Washington Post Online, December 08, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gravest crisis in decades.

Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive as Nominee for Labor Secretary

Wall Street Journal Online, December 08, 2016

Mr. Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, has been a vocal advocate for cutting back regulations he says have stifled growth in the restaurant industry, which represents 10% of the American workforce.

Senators Vow to ‘Use Any Means Necessary’ to Ensure Taxpayer Bailout of Private Union Pension Plan

Daily Signal Online, December 07, 2016

As Congress closes up shop for 2016, a group of four Democratic senators is determined to “use whatever means necessary” to secure a special-interest taxpayer bailout for the United Mine Workers of America union.

Missouri GOP leaders to focus on ‘Right to Work,’ job growth

NewsPressNow Online, December 08, 2016

Hegeman said that “right out of the gate” legislators will tackle measures that give the state an upper hand when trying to either spur new job growth or keep existing ones. Republicans believe Right to Work legislation is that missing framework.

New Hampshire Republicans take time to celebrate November victories

Concord Monitor Online, December 07. 2016

“We have the opportunity to do the things that we’ve wanted to do for the past 10 years,” Sununu said. “Constitutional carry. Right to work. Education reform. Election law reform. These are the things that need to be done, and that are going to make the difference in our state.”

How Union Bosses Sold Out Their Workers, December 07, 2016

Decades ago, organized labor made a pact with the Democratic Party. Democrats would support legislation approved by the union leadership and in return labor leaders would support Democratic politicians and liberal causes, even when those candidates and causes were objectionable to most of their members.

Federal government workers union is ready to “fight back” against Trump, December 08, 2016

David Cox, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is drawing the battle lines early and plans to take the fight directly to Trump if he tries to meddle in the union’s affairs.

Anti-union bills pass Michigan House of Representatives

Detroit Free Press Online, December 07, 2016

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a pair of anti-union bills Wednesday night that make it harder for workers and unions to picket and easier for employers to hire workers to replace striking employees.


Politico Morning Shift, December 07, 2016

Federal contract workers will go on strike today in D.C. The workers will be joined at 10 a.m. in Freedom Plaza by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Keith Ellison and actor Danny Glover. The workers — from the Pentagon, Union Station, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and other federal buildings — will gather under the banner of Good Jobs Nation, which has organized 18 strikes over the past three years.

The blue state depression

The Washington Times Online, December 04, 2016

I’m talking about an economic depression in the blue states that went for Hillary. Here is an amazing statistic. Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut — every single one of them lost domestic migration (excluding immigration) over the last 10 years (2004-14). Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered these states.

IAFF Boss Protests Union Totalitarianism, December 07, 2016

One union boss has raised concerns about the AFL-CIO ballot for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair after AFL-CIO Executive Committee members were given only one name to choose from. Union members were told they could either vote for Rep. Keith Ellison, abstain, or “make no endorsement at this time,” prompting Harold Schaitberger—president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)—to speak out.


Politico Morning Shift Online, December 06, 2016

“In no case where the board overturned, or substantially modified, important principles did a Republican board member join with the Democratic majority,” the report states. Littler singles out the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris decision as an example in which the board “overturned 30 years of precedent.”