NILRR Right to Work Clips March 10, 2017

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“Backfire” Possible, says Right to Work Group

Alton Daily News Online, March 07, 2017

Regardless, NRTW President Mark Mix said the real possibility of a strike means the union, which is a private entity, could call a strike and withhold services taxpayers deserve.

“That’s just wrong,†he said. “The idea of letting people join unions is one thing and that’s a right that should be protected, but actually granting power to a private organization to withhold government services? That’s a problem.”

Illinois can choose SEIU to represent all home caregivers in negotiations: Appeals court, March 09, 2017

On March 9, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Service Employees International Union in its dispute with a group of home-based providers of personal care for those with disabilities and child care providers, saying the union can serve as the state-recognized representative of those caregivers, against the care providers’ wishes.

Specifically, the caregivers, represented by attorneys with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, of Springfield, Va., and the Liberty Justice Center, of Chicago, asked the court to end the state’s practice of allowing the SEIU to negotiate on behalf of all home-based caregivers in the state, whether they belonged to the union or not.

Guess who’s not happy with union-dues bill

One News Now Online, March 10, 2017

“We’re excited that Sen.Paul has introduced the National Right To Work Act,” says Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC).

Assembly OKs bill to end union deals on public projects in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online, March 09, 2017

Local governments could no longer require contractors to work with unions on taxpayer-funded building projects such the Milwaukee Bucks arena, under a bill approved by the state Assembly Thursday.

Federal Employee Unions and the Official Time Reform Act, March 09, 2017

There are now several bills pending in Congress addressing the subject of “official time†for federal employee union representatives. The latest bill would, if passed, have a financial impact on the use of official time by federal union representatives by reducing the amount of a future retirement annuity for some union representatives.

Democrats wage uphill battle against bill targeting federal-union representatives

Washington Post Online, March 09, 2017

After seemingly endless discussion Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was poised to advance legislation designed to undermine “official time.†It permits union representatives to engage in certain actions while on the government’s payroll. Those actions, by the way, benefit not just union members, but all agency workers, agencies generally and ultimately taxpayers.

Gerawan Farming asks superior court to order the ALRB to release documents

Northern California Record Online, March 07, 2017

The documents Gerawan wants released pertain to ALRB’s former lead prosecutor, Sylvia Torres-Guillen, whom Gerawan alleged “systematically suppressed dissent and punished career ALRB staff members for protesting the agency’s biased, pro-union prosecution†of Gerawan’s employees, according to a news release by Gerawan.

Judge won’t throw out carpenter union racketeering case, March 06, 2017

U.S. District Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro on Monday refused to dismiss a federal civil racketeering lawsuit filed against the carpenters union and its leaders including now retired secretary-treasurer Edward J. Coryell Sr.

Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement and Forgery!, March 07, 2017

While union members pay millions of dollars of income in monthly dues to labor unions, union bosses continue to mishandle their members’ money.

Union-Funded Dems Slam Gorsuch’s Labor Record

Washington Free Beacon Online, March 07, 2017

The three Senate Democrats who criticized Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s record on labor issues have collected millions from unions.

The Democratic Party’s Hypocrisy on Secret Ballots

Wall Street Journal Online, March 07, 2017

Fearing backlash from progressives who supported Mr. Ellison, the Democrats tried to keep the ballots secret. That violated the DNC’s bylaws, and they released the roll call results on Monday after prodding from Wall Street Journal reporters.

This is the height of hypocrisy: The Democratic Party tried to get away with covert voting in its own elections, but when it comes to American workers, it sings a different tune.

Made in NY? Forget it, as state loses to others, March 09, 2017

“In New York we a have a tradition of unions,†Bachellor said.

When competing against Right-to-Work states, where union membership is not compulsory, New York is a hard sell, analysts said.

Service Employees International Union drops Duke organizing petition

Herald Sun Online, March 08, 2017

Behind at the ballot box and facing a near-certain legal challenge, the Service Employees International Union has abandoned its attempt to secure bargaining rights for Duke University’s Ph.D.-student teaching and research assistants.

City workers charged with extortion acted with weight of mayor’s office, prosecutors say

Boston Globe Online, March 06, 2017

The two City Hall aides charged with extortion for allegedly pressuring the Boston Calling music festival to hire union workers were acting with the full weight of the mayor’s office to improperly intrude in a local union dispute, federal prosecutors said in recent court filings.

How Philly’s carpenters got tossed from the Pa. Convention Center, March 07, 2017

John Dougherty, the politically connected leader of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, walked in first. Right behind him was Michael Barnes, leader of the stagehands’ union. Then came workers, marching past union carpenters and Teamsters who had lost their right to work there a few days earlier.

A police union head stole $180,000 of officers’ dues, nearly emptying account

Washington Post Online, March 09, 2017

A former head of the police union for District youth corrections officers pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $180,000 in union dues over nearly three years before board members discovered their bank account had only $277 left in December 2015.