NILRR Right to Work News August 31, 2018

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Opinion: This Labor Day, celebrate the freedom and prosperity of right to work, August 30, 2018   by Mark Mix

Right-to-work states have enjoyed private sector job growth rates more than 1.3 times higher than in forced unionism states, according to an analysis of federal government statistics compiled by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) between 2006 and 2016.

This Labor Day, celebrate the freedom and prosperity of right to work, August 30, 2018   by Mark Mix

Happy Labor Day weekend and congratulations. If you are reading this, chances are you’re one of the millions of Americans living in one of nearly 30 right-to-work states. You might not know it from right-to-work opponents’ rhetorical posturing, but right-to-work laws are simple and straightforward, not to mention popular.

Following Janus Decision, New Rochelle School Employees Will Learn Too Late How to Withdraw From Union for 2018-19 School Year, August 30, 2018

F.U.S.E., the local union representing New Rochelle District employees is still sorting out how to respond to the Supreme Court’s Janus decision.

Members of the Federation of United School Employees, the NYSUT-AFT Local 280 in New Rochelle will receive “guidance” from union officials in September on how they may withdraw from the union. For almost all of those members the guidance will come too late for the current 2018-19 school year as members typically sign an enrollment card that states they can only withdraw from F.U.S.E. in the month of August.

For the average employee, F.U.S.E. membership dues run about $1,000 a month. Other than limited legal support and the right to participate in union politics, there are no direct, personal benefits to union membership.

Arizona Supreme Court wrecks teachers unions’ plans, kicks their tax-hike proposal off ballots, August 31, 2018

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a union-backed ballot initiative was so misleading it had to be thrown off the ballot this November.

In a typical case of poor math comprehension, the petitions referred to the proposed tax-rate increases as “3.46 percent” and “4.46 percent,” not the true 76 and 98 percent tax increases that were threatened for these six-figure earners.

Pearce Nominated for Third Term on NLRB, August 30, 2018

Mark Gaston Pearce has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve a third term on the National Labor Relations Board. Pearce, a 2010 recess-appointee under then-President Barack Obama, was reappointed to a second term in 2013. That term expired on August 27, 2018. Pearce’s nomination now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Trump’s Nafta Rewrite Holds Promise for Labor Unions

Wall Street Journal Online, August 30, 2018

Last summer, the AFL-CIO, the largest union group in the U.S., promoted a long list of changes it wanted to see in a new Nafta. The handshake agreement with Mexico that President Trump announced this week contains some of them.

The statement was signed by Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, as well as leaders of the United Steelworkers, UAW, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and Communications Workers of America.

Investment Highlights Tennessee’s Booming Auto Sector, August 31, 2018

This southeastern region as a whole has also been resistant to the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, which is seen as a benefit to both vehicle makers and suppliers.

Keep Moving Forward to Improve W.Va. Economy, August 30, 2018

In three years, West Virginia has added 16,000 jobs and reduced unemployment. These numbers prove West Virginians are turning the economy around. This happened because there is a determination to put people and jobs first.

In Modernizing employment law by repealing the prevailing wage, making the state 26th in the nation to have right-to-work, and clarifications of striker benefits.

Strike hobbles highway, airstrip projects across Yakima Valley, August 29, 2018

As a result of the strike, work has stalled on the reconstruction of the Selah Airstrip at the Yakima Training Center, said base spokesman Mike Daniels. Work was to have been done by November, he added.

Likewise, the state Department of Transportation’s plans for replacing the Wildcat Creek Bridge on U.S. Highway 12 has been indefinitely delayed due in part to the strike, said WSDOT spokeswoman Meagan Lott.