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An Imperfect Union: MI Teachers Weigh Opting Out Under New Right-to-Work Law

An Imperfect Union: MI Teachers Weigh Opting Out Under New Right-to-Work Law
Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at school teachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state's new right-to-work law. Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year.
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From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
The right-to-work push in Michigan looks like it may have backfired, or at the very least changed absolutely nothing. Union representation has essentially remained the same (actually increasing by a modest 4,000), even after heavy PR campaigns designed to discredit the labor movement.
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With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules 'Right-to-Work' Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules 'Right-to-Work' Unconstitutional
An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Following the decision, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said he would ask for a stay to prevent the decision from immediately taking effect. He also argued that the law’s fate is still truly in the hands of the state Supreme Court.
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Due Negligence: Fort Wayne Ups Indiana's Anti-Union Ante

Due Negligence: Fort Wayne Ups Indiana's Anti-Union Ante
Just weeks after the Fort Wayne City Council passed legislation ending collective bargaining for city employees, it has taken the assault on workers rights further by passing a new law which would make union membership for all public safety employees optional. This local “Right-to-Work” law goes further than the state’s bill which exempted policemen and firefighters.
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Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita

Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita
An article in Friday’s "Idaho Statesman" detailed the struggles unions have had in the state since the passage of “Right-to-Work” in 1985. Between 1985 and 2012, AFL-CIO membership in the state dropped from 41,300 to 11,000. Currently 29,000 Idahoans are members of unions, though 7,000 of those members choose not to pay dues.
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ALEC Tries to Bully Its Way Into Independent Vermont

ALEC Tries to Bully Its Way Into Independent Vermont
The American Legislative Council, the far-right lobbying group that is the clearinghouse and writer of much of the pro-corporate legislation sweeping the nation today, is trying to break into traditionally independent-minded Vermont. Republican state Rep Bob Helm is pushing ALEC's agenda as his own in a new op-ed.
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KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws

KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws
A committee in the Democratic-majority Kentucky House of Representatives voted down Republican proposals to make Kentucky a right-to-work state and to exempt school construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
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Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Could Make 'Right to Work' Law of the Land

Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Could Make 'Right to Work' Law of the Land
In what has been described as the “sleeper case of the year,” a ruling by the Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn could make “Right-to-Work” the national standard. The court and its conservative majority have been inching closer and closer to this outcome and 2012′s Knox v. SEIU case showed that the current court may soon overturn the precedent set in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education in 1977.
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Chaz Bolte
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DE Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Enact 'Right-to-Work' in Specified Areas

DE Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Enact 'Right-to-Work' in Specified Areas
Republicans in the Delaware General Assembly are pushing a plan to enact “Right-to-Work” in areas of the Blue Hen State. Assembly members are searching for ways to stimulate the state’s sluggish recovery, so Republicans are portraying this textbook anti-worker law as necessary to promote new investments. An empty former General Motors plant near Newport is one of the proposed “Right-to-Work” zones.
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One Year Later, Impact of 'Right-to-Work' on MI’s Private Sector Unions Is Minimal

One Year Later, Impact of 'Right-to-Work' on MI’s Private Sector Unions Is Minimal
For Michigan unions, the one year anniversary of the implementation of “Right-to-Work” is fast approaching, yet for many shops the effects have been minimal. The new recruiting methods have allowed some unions to bring in younger workers, most of whom are happy to enter the union, to replace outgoing retirees.
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