NILRR Right to Work in the News February 10, 2017



In fast ruling, judge upholds SEIU Local 1000 dues collection

The Sacramento Bee Online, February 08, 2017

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a right-to-work lawsuit that sought to upend the way state government’s largest union collects dues from employees who do not want to fund political activities.

James Young of the National Right to Work Foundation, the attorney for the workers who filed the lawsuit, said the group likely would appeal the decision.

Wake up, Illinois. You’re surrounded.

Chicago Tribune Online, February 08, 2017

We wonder how lucrative the wagers have gotten between governors Terry Branstad, Scott Walker, Eric Holcomb, Rick Snyder, Matt Bevin and Greitens on which of their states will be next to poach an Illinois business or job or taxpayer. Here’s what each of them is thinking: By right-to-work and so many other measures, Illinois is chasing away employers. Can I steal jobs there?

Missouri becomes 28th right-to-work state

Washington Examiner Online, February 06, 2017

“Today, I signed Right to Work. This is about more jobs — Missourians are ready to work, and now our state is open for business!” Greitens tweeted. He had the signing event at an abandoned former warehouse in Springfield. He has two other signing ceremonies scheduled for the day.

National right to work legislation reintroduced in an effort to give workers options, February 07, 2017

This is not the first attempt at National Right to Work legislation. But with a strong Republican majority across Washington, Wilson is optimistic it will become law this time.

Petition to be filed against MO right to work legislation, February 08, 2017

Executive Director of Southwest Missouri Democrats Krista Stark says now attention is turning to “a citizens referendum for a citizens’ veto.” Stark tells us that means they’ll be working to gather signatures to force the issue to appear on the ballot for Missouri voters to decide.

Republicans Seek to Reform Iowa’s Collective Bargaining Law, February 08, 2017

The state of Iowa has not reviewed the current collective bargaining law for public employees since 1974, and Iowa Republicans made it a priority to change that this legislative session. Yesterday the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate introduced their versions of a collective bargaining reform bill.

State workers pack Olympia hearing on “right to work” bill, February 09, 2017

Union workers came in droves Wednesday to give state lawmaker in Olympia an earful on a Republican proposed “right to work bill” that they say has nothing to do with the rights of workers.

Colorado Senate GOP push anti-union “right to work” bill

The Colorado Springs Gazette Online, February 07, 2017

Senate Republicans on Monday advanced a measure that would add Colorado to the list of so-called “right to work” states, prohibiting mandatory union membership.

Loyola University graduate students vote to unionize

Chicago Tribune Online, February 08, 2017

A ballot count Wednesday at the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago regional office revealed 59 percent of the 120 votes cast were in favor of joining Service Employees International Union Local 73, according to the union. About 210 graduate students who are part of the bargaining unit were eligible to vote.


Politico Morning Shift Online, February 08, 2017

The SEIU-backed Fight for $15 will hold its “biggest, loudest and most militant” protests Monday to oppose Puzder’s nomination, the campaign told Morning Shift. Fast food workers will hold rallies “during lunchtime rush hours” at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants in two dozen cities across the country, as well as at Hardee’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis and CKE’s corporate offices in Anaheim, Calif. Workers will also protest at McDonald’s restaurants, since CEO Steve Easterbrook endorsed Puzder for the job last week.

Big problems for Big Labor

The Post and Courier Online, February 08, 2017

If the union agenda is as indispensable as union bosses suggest, then why are employees rejecting it? And voting for politicians who support workplace freedom?

DeVos battle proves Democrats are controlled by teachers unions

The Hill Online, February 08, 2017

As part of their last-ditch attempt to stop the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the nation’s next Education secretary, Senate Democrats held an all-night session extending from Monday evening into Tuesday morning. The plan ultimately failed, as DeVos was confirmed Tuesday afternoon, with Vice President Mike Pence serving as the tie-breaker. But the stunt reveals just how corrupt the Democratic Party has become on the issue of education, and it’s all thanks to the tremendous dependency Democrats now have on the well-funded, extremely powerful teachers unions.