Missouri Tees Up Right to Work

Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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Court Strikes Local Right to Work Law

Well, we now have competing federal court decisions on the question of whether local communities and counties can establish their own right to work laws. This week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down a local right-to-work law adopted by the town of Lincolnshire, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago.…

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Kentucky Becomes 27th Right-To-Work State

Notwithstanding the above, Kentucky effectively mooted the aforementioned Hardin County court case when Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed Kentucky right to work legislation into law last Saturday.  The newly republican-controlled Kentucky Senate moved quickly to get the bill before the governor after the House (also boasting a republican majority) passed the bill last week.  The…

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Of Wages & Taxes

The Cleveland minimum wage hike that was planned for a May 2, 2017 vote on a referendum but was sidelined by the Ohio legislature and governor agreeing on pre-emption has been officially withdrawn. Organizers and petitioners with the SEIU-funded advocacy front Raise Up Cleveland are still lamenting that the petition to hike the minimum wage…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

As we’ve seen in the past on an array of different initiatives, a new government mandate in one community will soon be replicated elsewhere with the effect being a wave across the country.  The soda tax idea is just the latest in an unfortunately long line of taxes, regulations and mandates.  Aside from the Philadelphia…

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Upheld

It seems one defeat after another of late in court to stop wage hikes or other employee benefit mandates and Massachusetts is no exception. Six employer associations filed suit in 2015 in federal court alleging that the new earned sick leave mandate violated federal labor law by requiring certain benefits of parties to collective bargaining…

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Miscellaneous

Population shifts continue to see the older northeast states losing population to the south and the sun belt according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.  New York dropped again from its 2015 estimate as Texas and Florida showed significant population growth – Florida grew by more than twice the national average, while…

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Ohio Governor Stops Cleveland $15 Wage Vote

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law this week a bill to block a special election question on raising the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15 an hour.  We told you a few weeks ago that the Ohio legislature was moving the bill through the process quickly to get it to the Governor by the…

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