NILRR News Clips June 12, 2015



State workers challenge constitutionality of compulsory union fees; Suit says AFSCME doesn’t appreciate state fiscal crisis

Madison Record Online, June 10, 2015

State employees who replaced Gov. Bruce Rauner as plaintiffs in a suit against unions have notified a federal judge that they challenge the constitutionality of compulsory union fees.

William Messenger and Aaron Solem, of National Right to Work Legal Defense in Springfield, Va., also represent Janus, Quigley and Trygg.

LESA bus driver challenges union policy

Livingston Daily Online, June 10, 2015

The Michigan Employee Relations Commission struck down a transportation policy that required bus drivers to wait for a union-designated window period to discontinue paying union dues.

Pauline Beutler, a Livingston Educational Service Agency bus driver, challenged that Teamsters policy from the National Right to Work Foundation.

Union Official Time Breeds Corruption, June 10, 2015

While it is unknown why AFGE leads the pack in criminal misconduct, a little known government union special privilege may explain some of the union’s proclivity for malfeasance.

Five AFGE union officials found guilty or indicted of criminal activity ranging from embezzling to mail fraud to theft were granted 100 percent union official time.

AFGE Leads All American Unions in Criminal Misconduct by its Officials Since 2014, June 04, 2015

According to the Office of Labor-Management Standards of the Department of Labor website, the following criminal actions took place with regard to Federal employee union officials since January of 2014. Sixteen involved the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and one, the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE). Of the AFGE cases, 13 were found guilty and 3 indicted. The NAGE official was sentenced in his case. AFGE accounted for more activity than either large Postal workers union and, in fact, had more indictments and sentences than any other U.S. union of any kind.

Union bosses want forced dues from workers in every state, June 09, 2015

Labor bosses paid with union dues want to take mandatory fees from workers in all 50 states.

That’s why union officials are excited about a video starring left-wing economist Robert Reich, who thinks right-to-work laws — which let workers opt out of paying unions — should be banned nationwide.

Sen. Dan Brown: Right-to-work is economic development legislation

The Rolla Daily News Online, June 05, 2015

I am disappointed in the governor’s expected action of vetoing this year’s right-to-work legislation. This is a letdown to the 6 percent of Missouri’s population that work in closed shops that are forced to join a union in order to support their families, no matter how little the union does for them.

This veto is bad for the thousands of Missourians who would like to have a job but can’t find one because companies are failing to locate in Missouri due to the fact that many companies will only locate and/or expand in right-to-work states.

End of union? SLU Hospital nurses look to eliminate mandatory dues

St. Louis Business Journal Online, June 8, 2015

A group of Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUH) union nurses has gathered enough signatures to hold an election that would effectively create a “right-to-work” policy at the facility.

If nurses vote for deauthorization, it would remove the “union security” clause from the ongoing contract, meaning employees would no longer be required to pay union dues.

Carpenters union vows to not disrupt papal visit

Philly Business Journal Online, June 9, 2015

Three months before Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia, the Carpenters union wants him to know the union’s ongoing protest against the Convention Center will not interfere with his visit.