NILRR News Clips January 09, 2015


The U.S. Supreme Court is One Decision Away from Curtailing Union Power in California

Fox and Hounds Online, January 9, 2015

Last year marked a legal turning point for California’s teachers’ unions and public employee unions across the nation. First, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled in June that some of the teachers’ work rules—including tenure, seniority, and dismissal laws—violated the state and federal constitutions. That same month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation in Harris v. Quinn, holding that home healthcare workers could not be forced to pay agency shop fees to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Another Local 401 official testifies against union boss Joseph Dougherty, January 09, 2015

A longtime associate of Philadelphia Ironworkers Union boss Joseph Dougherty told a federal jury Thursday that he regularly briefed Dougherty about attacks on nonunion job sites and was never rebuked.

Right-To-Work Bills Pass Senate

Daily Independent Online, January 8, 2015

The Senate also passed a right-to-work bill, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, easily – but no Democrat voted for it and, though one Republican sided with Democrats while another was absent, those Republicans represent coal producing districts where union membership has dwindled but the United Mine Workers of America legacy is strong.

Right-to-work is right for Wisconsin, January 08, 2015

Beyond the free choice argument, there are compelling economic reasons why the state Legislature should enact right-to-work legislation.

Governor: Right to work ‘common sense’, January 8, 2015

Gov. Susana Martinez said she will push for so-called “right-to-work” legislation during the upcoming legislative session, calling a change to the state’s labor laws “common sense” and long overdue.

The comments, made before about 500 business leaders and legislators at a Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon, were Martinez’s strongest to date on the subject of right-to-work legislation.

Senators who may decide right to work in Wisconsin, January 08, 2015

Since December, Wisconsin Election Watch has talked to insiders and observers close to the State Capitol to determine which Senators who are undecided on right-to-work.   Here are the three Senators that could make the difference on whether Wisconsin becomes the nation’s 25th right-to-work state.

About 840 Fresno County employees want to leave 4,500-member SEIU

Fresno Bee Online, January 07, 2015

If successful in breaking off from SEIU, they would form the Fresno County Public Safety Association. This year’s effort marks the third try by the group to separate from SEIU.

Gomez said he and other members of his bargaining unit believe that SEIU spends too much time on a social agenda that many either don’t support or don’t believe a union should support.

Mercedes-Benz is latest to leave NJ, moving from Montvale to Atlanta, January 07, 2015

In the latest in a string of corporate departures from North Jersey, Mercedes-Benz USA on Tuesday confirmed rumors that after 43 years in Montvale, it is moving its headquarters to Atlanta, leading to the loss of up to 1,000 jobs in New Jersey, though it’s not clear how many of those workers will transfer south.

As session opens, legislators from southwest Missouri push own agendas, January 07, 2015

Burlison has again filed a measure that would prohibit an employer from requiring an employee to pay union fees as a condition of employment. The bill, known as “right to work,” is one of the most controversial measures in the legislature. Burlison’s bill would require support from voters to be enacted into law, a purposeful move to bypass a likely gubernatorial veto.

Worker sues casino over right-to-work law, January 07, 2015

A casino work has filed an unfair practices suit against MGM Grand Detroit and her union, the News Herald reported.

The worker quit her union and contends under Michigan’s Right to Work law she should not be compelled to pay a particular union fee known as a “security fee” which has been deducted from her wages, the News Herald report said.