NILRR Weekly News Clips, November 29, 2013



Dislike freeloaders? Change state law

The Detroit News Online, November 26, 2013

The 24 states with right to work are grappling with this issue of fairness. Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Foundation, says there’s not a lot of precedent in the public sector for solutions.

Wisconsin unions struggle to stay certified

Washington Examiner, November 22, 2013

Two Wisconsin public sector unions failed to achieve re-certification Thursday, the latest sign that Gov. Scott Walker’s sweeping reforms to the state’s rules for public employee unions are causing workers to abandon labor organizations.

Scott Walker Can’t Convince Big Labor to Hate Him Less, November 24, 2013

In 2011, Wisconsin and Ohio became the first two states to adopt legislation revoking government union bosses’ privilege to get public servants fired for refusal to pay dues or fees to an unwanted union after having previously passed a statute explicitly authorizing forced union dues in the government sector.

Scott Walker: No need to pursue ‘right to work’ in Wisconsin

Washington Examiner Online, November 22, 2013

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Friday he had little interest in pursuing a right-to-work law for his state.

NLRB Considers Prosposing Ambush Election Rule…Again, November 14, 2013

Finally, after a decade, the National Labor Relations Board is fully staffed with five Senate-confirmed members. However, this does not bode well for workers or employers given the Board’s recent pro-union bias.

Taxpayers Pay Dearly For Poorly Conceived GM Bailout

RealClearMarkets, November 26, 2013

The beleaguered American taxpayer was supposed to be paid back in full, but that won’t be happening.

Last week the Treasury Department, which has no idea how to run a car company, said it planned to sell by Dec. 31 the remaining 31.1 million shares of GM stock it holds. When everything is settled, taxpayers will have lost nearly $10 billion.

Unions ponder next move

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 

Illinois union leaders are reportedly mulling several options about what to do in the governor’s race. But the only thing the leaders appear to agree on so far is that anti-union Republican gazillionaire Bruce Rauner cannot be allowed to win.

Labor Relations Board OKs unions paying people to protest Walmart

Washington Examiner Online, November 26, 2013

In a Nov. 15 memorandum from the NLRB’s general counsel office regarding the so-called “Black Friday” protests staged by United Food and Commercial Workers against the nonunion retailer last year, the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW’s offer of $50 gift cards to anyone who showed up to protest “was a non-excessive strike benefit.”

Wisconsin Political Speech Raid

Wall Street Journal Online, November 15, 2013

Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.

Wage nominee at Labor also works for AFL-CIO

Washington Times Online, November 26, 2013

When the White House nominated David Weil to be in charge of wage enforcement for the Labor Department, officials stressed his weighty academic credentials as a Boston University professor and Harvard University researcher.

But officials never mentioned his side work consulting for the AFL-CIO.

Editorial: Right to Work an important tool

Daily Journal Online, November 26, 2013

Could a Right to Work law help revive the Illinois economy?  You have to say that it is worth serious consideration.