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Right to Work States Compared to Non Right to Work States

2013/11/12 Crony Chronicles Team Key Findings About Half of U.S. States Have Right to Work Laws Twenty-four states have right to work (RTW) laws allowing employees to contract their labor freely with their employer without having to join a union or pay for union representation as a condition of employment. Given that the split between […]

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PA lawmakers revive efforts to close union stalking loophole

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal jury convicted a once prominent Philadelphia union official of arson, racketeering conspiracy and extortion this week, providing more fuel for lawmakers who want to close a loophole protecting individuals from prosecution of some crimes if they’re part of a labor dispute. State Sen. Scott Wagner, […]

Membership Rate Falls for U.S. Unions in 2014

By Melanie Trottman Jan. 23, 2015 10:55 a.m. ET WASHINGTON—The percentage of the workforce represented by unions fell slightly in 2014 to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the year before, continuing a trend of stagnation that suggests labor will have to work harder to rebound from its decades-long slide. Figures released by the Bureau of Labor […]

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Right-to-work is wrong for union bosses

By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org When labor unions insist right-to-work laws are “wrong,” what they really mean is right-to-work laws are wrong for union bosses. Union bosses have a financial interest in fighting right-to-work. On the books in 24 states and being considered in New Mexico, Missouri, Wisconsin and elsewhere, right-to-work laws allow workers to choose whether […]

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Federal jury convicts Ironworkers Local 401 boss in racketeering trial

Jeremy Roebuck and Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writers Last updated: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 4:41 PM Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11:33 AM   Joseph Dougherty, for 16 years the undisputed boss of the region’s union ironworkers and unapologetic enemy of nonunion labor, was found guilty Tuesday of using arson, intimidation and violence against […]

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Yuengling canned from menu at Wolf’s swearing-in

Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Friday, January 16, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:18 PM Is America’s oldest lager non grata to Pennsylvania’s newest governor? Yuengling, from the Pottsville-based brewery, appears to have been left off the list of beverages to be served at next week’s inauguration for Gov.-elect Tom […]

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Union Exemptions from Criminal Law Must End

by Trey Kovacs In 2012, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report compiled a list of states that grant labor unions exemptions from criminal laws such as stalking, trespassing, and issuing threats. Unfortunately, in the subsequent years, the states in question have not been able to close the loopholes. One state in particular, Pennsylvania, has several laws […]

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Opting Out of Unions Gets Boost in States

By Mark Peters Jan. 15, 2015 6:40 p.m. ET A new wave of bills that would allow workers to opt out of joining unions is expected from Maine to New Mexico as Republicans look to capitalize on statehouse gains to put new limits on organized labor. Nearly half of U.S. states already have such laws—called […]