NILRR Right to Work Newsclips February 05, 2016

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Kentucky Fights For Jurisdiction Over Its Own Right-To-Work Laws

The Daily Caller Online, February 04, 2016

District Court Judge David Hale ruled Wednesday that Hardin County cannot enact their own right-to-work ordinance. The decision found that under current federal law only states can enact the policy. The decision will impact a handful of other counties in the state. Hardin officials plan to appeal the decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, reports The Associated Press.

Right to work reaction, February 04, 2016

The suit involved Hardin county and labor groups, but right to work supporter Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute said this does not affect Warren County.

“The reason they’re considering this county now is because of the right to work ordinance. So, we’re talking here about 90 projects, potential of $1 billion in investment, 10,000 new jobs . What a tremendous spurt of growth that would be for Warren County,” said Waters.


Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) introduced legislation Thursday that would bar federal agencies from automatically deducting union fees out of employee salaries. The bill would also require unions to obtain affirmative permission from members before using their dues for any purpose beyond collective bargaining.

Even The American Bar Association Loathes This New Obama Rule, February 04, 2016

The latest abomination in this regard is a proposed rule by the Department of Labor. It would compel businesses to reveal the names of any outside attorneys or labor relations consulting firms they contract with. Then, the identified attorneys and consultants would have to publicly disclose all other similar clients and how much they were paid for their services.

Phila. Carpenters Union Leader Out, Locals To Merge Into NJ Based Regional Council, February 04, 2016

In a big shakeup, the leader who ran the Philadelphia carpenters’ union for decades is no longer in charge. All of the locals who were under Ed Coryell have been merged into an Edison, New Jersey based regional council. Leaders of the restructured organization say it will help “streamline work rules, and expand market opportunities.”

Teamsters Threaten Lawsuit Over Allegedly Biased Right-To-Work Study

Daily Caller Online, February 04, 2016

The Teamsters threatened to file a lawsuit Wednesday against West Virginia University in an effort to get emails related to what the union believes in a politically motivated right-to-work study.

A Strike At Gawker? The Liberal Snake Eats Its Own Tail

Daily Caller Online, February 04, 2016

Last summer, Gawker Media was unionized by the Writers Guild of America, East, a union that represents editors and writers across a wide spectrum – print journalists, screenwriters, etc.

The decision of Gawker staff to join was significant, being among the first of the so-called “new media” companies to fall to the union hordes. Other new media conglomerates, including Salon and The Huffington Post, have since done the same.

This week the interwebs were set abuzz with the rumor that the new unionized Gawkers would stage a brief strike over lunch sometime soon. Word was they wanted the sites to go dark over a two-hour stretch in the middle of the day as a way to pressure management to make concessions regarding wages, working conditions, or both.

Continental expands Mississippi’s automotive footprint

Hattiesburg American Online, February 04, 2016

Continental Tire coming to Mississippi would give the Magnolia State three large tire manufacturing operations – a Yokohama Tire Corp. plant near West Point, a Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo and the new Hinds County operation.

One major reason for Southern states such as South Carolina and Mississippi landing such plants is they are “right to work” states without strong union presence.

Edwards: unions ‘have a friend in the governor’s office’

The Daily Advertiser Online, February 04, 2016

Gov. John Bel Edwards embraced his support from organized labor, telling a construction trades union Wednesday that he won’t distance himself from the groups now that he’s leading the state and saying: “You have a friend in the governor’s office.”

Unions Spend Members’ Dues on NFL Tickets

National Review Online, February 05, 2016

By deadline, a union spokesperson had failed to respond to National Review’s request for more information. We weren’t the only ones who were curious, either. A source in the union tells National Review that some members have asked about who, exactly, got to use these Philadelphia Eagles tickets – but the union’s bosses refused to answer their questions.

What Unions Don’t Do for the Middle Class

National Review Online, February 04, 2016

Union members are not equally distributed across occupations, industries, and regions. They are highly concentrated in higher-paying government-sector jobs, including teachers and federal employees. Forty percent of union members are public-sector employees. In fact, the unionization rate among public-sector workers is 36 percent, while only 7 percent in the private sector.

In Las Vegas visit, labor secretary says Clinton exceeded expectations in Iowa

Las Vegas Sun Online, February 03, 2016

The day after presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton eked out a victory in Iowa, Labor Secretary Tom Perez was in Las Vegas Tuesday urging union members to turn out for the Nevada Democratic caucus in two and a half weeks.

“You look at yesterday in Iowa and the victory that Secretary Clinton had, and you know what? It is an absolutely accurate statement to say that labor was a difference maker,” Perez said. “And we know that it was a close election yesterday.”

Virginia advances right-to-work referendum, February 02, 2016

The Virginia General Assembly has approved legislation setting up a voter referendum on whether the state should enshrine its right-to-work laws in the state’s Constitution.

Virginia is already a right-to-work state. But Republicans argued it’s necessary to put collective bargaining restrictions in the Virginia Constitution to prevent future lawmakers from undoing the state’s current laws.