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Pennsylvania lawmakers push for open public-sector union bargaining

By Brad Bumsted Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10:36 p.m. Updated 10 hours ago HARRISBURG — With billions of dollars at stake in upcoming state union negotiations, key lawmakers say they will look closely at legislation that would require public-sector union negotiating sessions to be open to taxpayers. “Secrecy breeds distrust,” said Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster County. […]

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Healthiest State Economies Are Right To Work States

Richard Larsen — March 18, 2015 This past week, Wisconsin became the 25th state in the union to pass and sign into law so-called “right to work” legislation. Despite the pejorative light oftentimes associated with right to work (RTW) laws, all they do in is proscribe the requirement that a worker join or pay dues […]

Right-to-work in the Northeast?

Greg David March 18, 2015 3:45 p.m. Once the Midwest was the bastion of the labor movement. But the signing of a right-to-work bill in Wisconsin on March 9 brought to exactly half the number of states that prohibit contracts that require workers to pay union dues. In the Midwest, four key states have now […]

Why Is The US Tired Of Unions? — ‘The Why’

By Will Phoenix, March 18, 2015 Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why is the US tired of unions?” you ask?  Good question. (Besides, even a political question beats answering any question about private parts. Seriously! What are we? Your mom?) image: http://americanlivewire.com/wp-content/uploads/LibertyNews.jpg Why are people tired of unions?/Image: LibertyNews According to The […]

‘Right-to-work’ trend bolsters individual rights: Our view

The Editorial Board, 9:37 p.m. EDT March 16, 2015 Last week, Wisconsin became the latest state to declare itself “right-to-work,” meaning workers there can’t be required to join unions, or pay union dues, as a condition of employment. Wisconsin follows two other traditional blue-collar states, Michigan and Indiana, that enacted right-to-work laws in 2012. In […]

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Right-to-Work Comes to Wisconsin

Mar. 9, 2015 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed right-to-work legislation, making “America’s Dairyland” the 25th state with laws preventing mandatory union membership and payment of dues. It’s both good for Wisconsin’s economy and is a feather in Walker’s presidential cap. Through a section of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, states were permitted to enact […]

Follow the Union Dues

by James Sherk March 5, 2015 4:00 AM Why would unions ever voluntarily represent non-members? ‘If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts,” Albert Einstein reportedly once quipped. This seems to be the union strategy against workplace-freedom rules, better known as “right to work.” The unions’ main argument against right-to-work requires misinterpreting federal […]