Wisconsin Right To Work Upheld by Court

Right to Work advocates around the country got another win yesterday when the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeal in Chicago upheld the Wisconsin right to work law. The ruling came in a challenge to the law brought by two local affiliates of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) against the Wisconsin law. The…

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NLRB Plows Ahead

Getting Acosta confirmed and in place is critical, as NLRB just keeps making headlines and its issues remain in the forefront. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by an NLRB administrative judge that an employer prematurely withdrew recognition of their union but also overturned the prescribed NLRB remedy. Employees of…

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Right To Work Continues To Grow

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reported that he spoke with Vice President Pence about the possibility of passing of passing a national right to work law. Walker’s comments come in the wake of the filing last week of a national right to work bill by Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC). As we…

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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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US Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work

Early this week, a federal court judge rejected a union challenge to the Wisconsin right-to-work laws citing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a similar law in Indiana.  In his order, filed on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller rejected requests for preliminary injunctions by the two plaintiffs, Locals 139 and…

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Court Blocks Right-To-Work

Last week, a West Virginia Circuit Court judge granted a preliminary injunction to the West Virginia AFL-CIO and 11 other labor unions in the Mountain State preventing its right-to-work law from taking effect.  As justification for her decision, Judge Jennifer Bailey pointed to the fact that the state law provides for criminal charges and civil…

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Wisconsin is Right-To-Work State, Again, For Now

In March of 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Right-to-Work bill into law, making the Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation.  The law was challenged by organized labor and struck down last month by Dane County Circuit Judge William Faust, who also declined to stay his ruling pending appeal.  Notwithstanding his refusal…

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Wisconsin Court Strikes Down Right to Work

In a ruling last week that caught many by surprise, a state court judge ruled the Wisconsin right-to-work law violated the state constitution.  Dane County Court Judge William Foust agreed with the organized labor plaintiffs that the right to work law was an illegal taking of union funds by the government without compensation.  Not surprisingly,…

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Utah and Wisconsin Ban Joint-Employer

Speaking of the egregious joint-employer ruling, two more states have enacted laws that strictly prohibit the application of the NLRB joint-employer definition within their boundaries.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign H.116, which specifies that no franchisee or employee of a franchisee shall be considered an employee of the franchisor for any purpose…

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Tackling “Joint Employer” in the New Year

As the individual state legislatures begin new sessions, efforts to address the new NLRB definition of a joint employer at the state level are front and center in Wisconsin, Michigan and Virginia.  Senate Bill 422 in Wisconsin prohibits a franchisor being considered a joint employer with the franchisee unless the former agrees to the role…

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