NILRR Right to Work Clips

Trump’s Appointees Are Restoring Reason to the NLRB

Wall Street Journal Online, January 31, 2018\

Meantime, the new NLRB has more repair work to do. Up next for reversal could be an Obama-era rule that cut the median time for union elections by more than a third, making them harder for management to contest. Last month the board requested information from the public as to whether changes to this rule should be made.

If all this activity at the NLRB seems radical, keep in mind that the previous board reversed decades of precedent. Mr. Trump’s appointees are merely re-establishing a balanced relationship between business and labor—another important victory for regulatory reform.

Connecticut’s S.O.S.

Wall Street Journal Online, February 02, 2018

The state would be in a “stronger position if we don’t negotiate for benefits,” Joe DeLong, the executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, told a committee convened by the legislature to restore fiscal stability and economic growth. The conference of municipalities implored the state to end collective-bargaining for pensions and health-care benefits as well as limit binding arbitration when unions and local politicians deadlock during contract negotiations. This usually results in a sweet deal for the unions.

AFSCME, Illinois, allies defend agency fees in High Court briefs, February 01, 2018

The unions are offering the justices a variety of reasons to uphold the fees in their briefs, filed in late January, in the case of Janus v AFSCME District Council 31, the union’s Illinois state council.

Their explanations range from noting the U.S. Constitution’s framers originally did not extend any free speech rights to government workers to ensuring smooth functioning of labor-management relations to state sovereignty over its relations with its own workers.

Janus responds to Conference of Bishops siding with forced dues, February 02, 2018

A “misguided effort to protect one individual from government coercion would leave only individuals to stand against government (or economic) coercion,” the bishops’ filing said. It also said ruling in favor of Janus would create a free rider problem that would weaken unions.

“Who’s the real free rider here?” Janus said. “[AFSCME is] taking my money, and thousands of other government workers. So who’s getting the free money here? They’re taking it out of my wallet and putting it in theirs without my asking and without my permission. That’s what I consider wrong. That I consider coercion.”

City Allowed Union to Edit Legislation for Fast-Food Workers

New York Post, February 01, 2018

The documents showed that city officials and union reps jointly edited a bill that would require fast-food employers to give their employees two weeks’ advance notice of their schedules.

Employment Policies Institute spokesman Michael Saltzman accused de Blasio of putting “Big Labor” in charge of city government.

“Who died and left 32 BJ the elected officials in New York? It’s Big Labor pulling the strings in New York and Mayor de Blasio is following their lead,” Saltzman charged.

Bankole: Labor groups should be watchdogs for members

Detroit News Online, January 28, 2018

In an effort to prove its role in protecting the earned benefits of the “little guy,” labor argued that paying union dues helped insure workers against the excesses and abuses of corporate power.

But details being revealed in the bribery proceedings in federal court in the ongoing corruption scandal involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler paint a completely different picture than that portrayed by union officials in their vehement opposition to “right to work.”

At the center of the probe, lies the question of whether some former officials at the UAW were truly representing their workers’ interests during contract negotiations or meeting the needs of some self-serving corporate executives?

FCA training funds used for UAW exec’s pricey ’14 party

Detroit News Online, February 02, 2018

The party, meanwhile, was detailed in Iacobelli’s plea deal with federal prosecutors last week that offered new allegations about more than $1.5 million in illegal benefits paid to UAW leaders and employees to influence negotiations in the automaker’s favor. Jewell is not identified by name in the plea deal but multiple sources confirmed the party was held in his honor in August 2014, less than a year before the start of contract negotiations and more than a year before the UAW reached a tentative deal with the automaker that its members ultimately rejected.

Columbia vs. United Auto Workers

Wall Street Journal Online, February 01, 2018

University administrators are getting a splendid little education in labor politics. Behold Columbia University’s battle with the United Auto Workers, which is trying to unionize graduate students who are also teaching assistants. Columbia this week declared that it is taking the fight to court.

Picket lines up and running as Seattle school bus drivers begin strike, February 02, 2018

At 6 a.m. Thursday – a time when drivers would normally be getting ready to pick up students for school – school bus drivers represented by the Teamsters union were walking the picket line.

Now parents of some 12,000 students who usually take the yellow bus need to find another way to get their kids to school.

John Kasich’s Legacy, February 02, 2018

Taylor has committed to ending the Obamacare Medicaid expansion that Kasich implemented unilaterally, and wants to protect workers from mandatory labor-union fees by passing a right-to-work law, which Kasich opposes.