NILRR Right to Work News

Report: Labor unions outspend Soros and Koch brothers in politics, April 20, 2017

National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix said that requirement is the big injustice “when you get to the actual use of general treasury money, money that’s paid by dues members and forced fees payers, who would lose their jobs if they didn’t pay it, being turned around for politics and ideological causes.”

BUSINESS Labor outspends Soros + Koch Bros. on politicsWednesday, April 19, 2017

Citing federal disclosure reports, the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) says organized labor spent over $1.7 billion on 2016 election efforts. That makes labor unions, says the NILRR, “the only 501(c)5 entities capable of sustaining this kind of political expenditure for the past decade.”

State court punches union-backed ‘judge’ in the head

California Policy Center Online, April 18, 2017

If you’re wondering how far unions and the California officials will go to kill any reform of the state’s overburdened public pension system, wonder no more: consider instead the final chapter, last week, in a state agency’s long-running effort to invalidate San Diego’s 2012 citywide vote to reform pensions.

We Hear You: ‘I Also Had My Signature Forged by SEIU’

Daily Signal Online, April 17, 2017

Dear Daily Signal: I worked as a personal care assistant for my sister with a company called Access North in northern Minnesota. In 2015, I also had my signature forged by the Service Employees International Union (“She Never Joined a Union. But Union Fees Got Deducted From Her Paycheck”). SEIU showed up at my door one night at 8 p.m. to ask me about joining the union. My husband told them I wasn’t interested and shut the door.

Election Results Gave This Union Millions. Now State Lawmakers Are Looking Into Voter Fraud.

Daily Signal Online, April 17, 2017

State Rep. Marion O’Neill, chairman of the Subcommittee on Employee Relations, plans to schedule a hearing to ask the head of Minnesota’s labor relations agency to detail how an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union recruited home caregivers and the state administered the election.

School Forced to Cut More Than 20 Classes in Order to Pay Labor Union

The Daily Signal Online, April 14, 2017

The University of Massachusetts, Boston is cutting more than 20 summer courses as the school desperately attempts to manage a $30 million operating deficit that is due in part to a project labor agreement that requires unions to be the “sole and exclusive” source of job-site labor.

Report: Taxpayers Potentially Paid Thousands of Union Officials

Washington Free Beacon Online, April 19, 2017

Taxpayers spent $162.5 million on federal employees performing union activities in 2014, according to the Office of Personnel Management’s most recent data. The Competitive Enterprise Institute used official budget documents and Freedom of Information Act requests to validate how many federal employees worked under such conditions.

“It is likely that thousands of federal employees spend 100 percent of their time performing union activity instead of the public service they were hired to do,” the CEI report published Tuesday says (emphasis in the original).

Not Lawless in Seattle

Wall Street Journal Online, April 16, 2017

Under the Seattle ordinance, the Teamsters union had the right to organize ride-share drivers through a public card-check process that allows them to prevent secret elections and set up collective bargaining. The companies that coordinate drivers, including Uber and Lyft, were required to hand over their drivers’ contact information to the union by April 3.

The State Education Secretary Who Fought the Teachers’ Union and Lost, April 11, 2017

But I think the core of it, and what is super-important, is saying, “Listen, I am here for kids. I’m not here for the teachers’ union, I’m not here for that individual politician representing their suburban district, and when I go home at night and lay down, I have to know that, whatever I’m doing, it’s going to help kids.” But everybody has a real reason to listen to the teachers’ union, because if you don’t, then you get voted out of office.

Imagine if the teachers’ union was a gatekeeper for quality teaching: “We, the union, care deeply about high-quality teachers and we are going to do everything we can to ensure we have high-quality teachers,” instead of, “We’re going to spend our time defending teachers who do bad things, and negotiating for better health benefits and salary.”

NLRB Calls for Re-Vote in Unionization Election

The Crimson. com, April 20, 2017

If a new vote count of the November election—which currently shows more students voting against unionization than for it, but remains too close to call—does not end in favor of Harvard Graduate Student Union-United Auto Workers, Harvard must hold an additional election.

Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement Ensues, April 19, 2017

As union funds disappear, more union bosses are being charged with embezzlement. Here are this week’s craziest rackets:

Union haul: Boilermakers leaders’ salaries and perks climb as membership sinks, April 15, 2017

But a recent examination of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers found that things appear to have returned to business as usual.

Six-figure salaries for officers and their relatives. Fine dining, stays in posh hotels and expensive hunting retreats. Cars as parting gifts for retired employees, and hundreds of thousands spent on promotional events and videos. All while membership continues its downward spiral and the pension fund struggles to stay afloat.

Report: Tennessee 5th in nation for economic outlook

Lizzy Alfs , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee 1:22 p.m. CT April 18, 2017

That’s according to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, which ranks states’ economic outlook based on 15 state legislative policies, including tax rates, state minimum wage and average workers’ compensation costs.

Tennessee landed a spot in the top five for the first time since 2008. The Volunteer State was surpassed by North Dakota, North Carolina, Indiana and Utah as the most economically competitive states.

A Win For Taxpayers and Free Enterprise: Wisconsin Is 23rd State to Pass Law Restricting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements, April 18, 2017

On April 17, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed SB 3 into law, which promotes fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Wisconsin taxpayers.

The “Project Labor Agreement Neutrality Bill” now known as Act 10 prohibits the government from mandating controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects but allows contractors to voluntarily execute PLAs with unions outside of the government’s competitive procurement process.

UP CLOSE: The political machine that runs New Haven

Yale Daily News Online, April 19, 2017

The operators of this machine are Locals 33, 34 and 35, the three labor unions that compose UNITE HERE, Yale’s umbrella union organization. UNITE HERE represents about 5,000 clerical, technical and blue-collar workers as well as graduate students at the University.

Should ‘right to work’ be added to NC constitution? Bill clears NC House committee, April 20, 2017

If the bill passes both the House and Senate, voters would decide in November 2018 if the state law governing union activity should be added to the constitution. The law – and the constitutional amendment – bans employers from requiring their workers to join a labor organization or pay dues to a group.