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KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm. On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.
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Illinois AG Makes it Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal

Illinois AG Makes it Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal
Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has preemptively weighed in on anti-union legislation that is being promoted by Gov. Bruce Rauner which would allow local governments to create “Right-to-Work” zones and ban prevailing wage requirements. Her position? Both are unconstitutional.
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Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”
In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from Texas to Florida are having to look North for the skilled craft professionals needed to get these projects done safely and efficiently, because the training infrastructure in that region has gone away.” The op-ed appears in its entirety below.
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AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker. The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants.
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Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand to Public Safety Unions

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand to Public Safety Unions
Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news cycle, but Republicans in West Virginia and Michigan have been hard at work on the issue as well, with varying results.
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National Right to Work Committee Opposes Local RTW Ordinances (For All the Wrong Reasons)

With counties across Kentucky rapidly passing unprecedented “Right-to-Work” ordinances, activists and lobbies on both sides of the issue are scrambling to establish their position on what they once thought would only be a state-level type legislation. This is not limited to “Right-to-Work” opponents. The National Right to Work Committee has actually come out against these local-level laws.
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TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job

TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job
Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State. Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO. In that booming economy, the state's construction sites are 22 percent deadlier than the national average.
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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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Unions Label NM Gov’s Right-to-Work Talk a 'Declaration of War'

Unions Label NM Gov’s Right-to-Work Talk a 'Declaration of War'
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has set her sights on the state's unions, saying at a real estate developers' convention that she would like to pass legislation forbidding unions from extracting dues from members' paychecks (a mainstay of so-called 'right-to-work' laws). Unions have called this "a declaration of war."
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MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work

MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work
As the Missouri legislature prepares to battle over right-to-work legislation, the Springfield News-Leader reminds us in an op-ed how necessary apprenticeship programs are, and how they would essentially be cut out entirely if the right wing (and ALEC-written) law comes to pass. One of the many back door ways right-to-work guts unions.
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