NILRR Clipsheet September 04, 2015


Waste Management Worker Illegally Threatened by Operating Engineers Union Official: Join or Be Fired, August 31, 2015

John Woodall, a California worker, has filed federal unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 (IUOE) after a union official threatened Woodall with an ultimatum to either join the union or face employment termination. Woodall is receiving free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

Emails show Clinton’s close ties to teachers union

Washington Examiner, September 01, 2015

Several emails show that requests from Tina Flournoy, union President Randi Weingarten’s assistant at the time, for private meetings or phone calls were given priority by Clinton.

Study: Right-to-work does not lower wages

Washington Examiner Online, September 01, 2015

“When living costs are fully taken into account, private-sector workers in RTW states enjoy real wages equivalent to those in non-RTW states,” Heritage Research Fellow James Sherk writes in an issue brief published Tuesday. “Policymakers considering RTW legislation may do so confident that it will have no negative impact on private-sector wages.”

Take a Look at Where Californians Are Fleeing To, August 31, 2015

Between 2004 and 2013 California lost nearly 1 million in population from migration, according to new Internal Revenue Service tax return data analyzed by the Sacramento Bee.

Watchdog Highlights ‘Union Thuggery’ for Labor Day, September 02, 2015

The Workforce Fairness Institute is celebrating Labor Day by counting down 2015’s best examples of “union thuggery.”

Right-to-work legislation would give workers more choice to join unions, new report finds

The Windsor Star, September 03, 2015

Right-to-work legislation would help boost Canada’s economy while giving workers more choice when it comes to joining unions and paying dues, says a new report by the Fraser Institute.

On Labor Day, consider injustice of forced union dues

The Collegian Online, September 04, 2015

You’re not alone if this sounds absurd. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 80 percent of your fellow Americans agree: no worker should be forced to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

Thompson: Unions gear up for presidential election

Detroit News Online, September 03, 2015

Whether labor can hold Michigan, which is now a right-to-work state, in the Democratic column in 2016 remains to be seen.

Why is Delaware’s output flat?

Delaware Online, September 02, 2015

The key is revival of Delaware manufacturing. But without a Delaware right-to-work law and with among the highest industrial electric rates in the nation due to the half a billion dollar Bloom subsidy and participation in a regional cap and trade system, the outlook for Delaware manufacturing is modest at best.

The Shop Steward in the Oval Office

Wall Street Journal Online, September 03, 2015

For organized labor, Labor Day is customarily a time for celebrating the history and accomplishments of unions in America. This year, organized labor might also want to raise a toast on Monday to President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and all that the NLRB has accomplished for the president’s union allies.

Dems fail to override bargaining bill veto, September 03, 2015

House Democrats on Wednesday came up three votes short in their attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the “no strike-no lockout” or interest arbitration bill.

A Tough Labor Day for Unions, September 02, 2015

The increase in right-to-work laws comes at a time when fewer and fewer Americans are joining labor unions. In fact, only 6.6 percent of private sector workers are union members. In 1973, almost 25 percent of private sector members belonged to unions.

Missouri Carpenters union bosses are paid more than actual carpenters, September 02, 2015

With a gross salary of $160,673, Martin Walter — the Carpenters’ District Council business agent who is treasurer for the union’s “Protect MO Families” campaign against right-to-work — was the union’s highest-paid employee in 2014.

SEIU battles over Bernie, September 01, 2015

Some SEIU members are publicly affiliated with a volunteer group called Labor for Bernie and worry that the union’s endorsement for Clinton would hamper their activities.

Labor’s Trumka: Hillary has to prove herself to ‘catch fire’

Washington Examiner Online, September 01, 2015

During a pre-Labor Day media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Trumka had some praise for Clinton, but stopped far short of an endorsement and even suggested that she has failed to energize workers.

One Of America’s Worst Blunders: Allowing Public Workers To Unionize, September 03, 2015

This country has made a lot of terrible financial blunders. Easily among the top ten would be the decision to allow public employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Only a little more than 50 years old, that mistake has done prodigious harm to us both economically and politically – and the worst is yet to come.