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Category Archive: Right-to-Work

  • Supreme Court Hands Employee Rights a Big Loss

    Posted on Apr 01, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In January, we reported on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case which took public-sector labor law under serious consideration for the first time in decades. Fast forward a few months and a verdict has been reached: The Court split along ideological lines and came to a 4-4 decision, upholding the status quo and sparing union bosses a […]

  • Another Union Stronghold Goes Right to Work

    Posted on Feb 19, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In 2012, the labor stronghold of Michigan passed a right-to-work law, allowing non-members of both public and private unions to refrain from funding unions they don’t want to support. It was a massive development, bringing substantial employee rights to the home state of the United Auto Workers shortly after it seemed like momentum for curbing […]

  • Union Statistics Show a Tale of Two States

    Posted on Jan 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    This post has been updated since its initial publication with 2015 data from Unionstats.com. Yesterday, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual count of how many American employees are union members and what percentage of the workforce consists of union members. Overall union density remained constant at 11.1% of wage and salary employees, […]

  • Teacher Union Case Carries Employee Rights to Supreme Court

    Posted on Jan 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Monday of next week (January 11) marks a major milestone in the effort to bring employee rights in the workplace to teachers and other public-sector employees. The Supreme Court will hear a case titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., brought by California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs (and other teachers) against her National Education Association-affiliated […]

  • High Court Takes Challenge to Randi’s Forced Dues

    Posted on Jul 01, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Supreme Court just agreed to take a major labor union case for its 2015-2016 sitting, titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. At stake is the power of public-sector unions like Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to collect forced dues—so-called “agency fees”—from non-members forced to accept their representation in at least 25 states. […]

  • Stay Classy, Big Labor

    Posted on Mar 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been a rough week for union bosses and their political patrons: On Monday, Wisconsin enacted a right-to-work law that forbids the conditioning of employment on the payment of union dues or fees, meaning that half of the states now forbid the so-called “agency shop.” Union bosses, activists, and union-funded politicians are taking the news […]

  • Wisconsin Could Be a Tipping Point for Employee Rights

    Posted on Mar 09, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, Wisconsin became the 25th right-to-work state when Governor Scott Walker signed SB 44, which passed the Wisconsin Assembly last Friday. The measure, which prohibits the conditioning of employment on the payment of union dues or fees, means that half of the states now have laws prohibiting the so-called “union shop” or “agency shop.” This […]

  • Will Wisconsin Be Number Twenty-Five?

    Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big news from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin: Legislators are calling a special session to advance a right-to-work measure. Following reforms permitting employees to refrain from funding unions in Indiana and Michigan, the state legislature has indicated that it will pass the measure and Governor Scott Walker has said he will sign it. Wisconsin would […]