All Items: Unions

  • Landmark Supreme Court Case Could Significantly Weaken Unions

    February 28, 2018

    The Supeme Court heard oral arguments in a case affecting millions of public employees with implications for the future of organized labor. At stake is whether unions can compel nonmembers to pay dues for representing them in contract negotiations.

  • Missouri Right to Work Law Suspended, Likely Headed for Popular Vote

    August 29, 2017

    A new Missouri "right to work" law that had been scheduled to take effect on August 28 has been blocked as the result of a last-ditch petition effort opposing the measure. It appears the law's fate is now likely to be decided by the state's voters in November 2018.

  • Seventh Circuit Upholds Wisconsin "Right to Work" Law

    July 13, 2017

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Wisconsin's "right to work" law.

  • Missouri Becomes 28th "Right to Work" State

    February 7, 2017

    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed a bill making Missouri the 28th "right to work" state. However, union leaders are vowing to take the issue to the polls.

  • President Nominates Neil Gorsuch for Vacant Supreme Court Seat

    February 1, 2017

    President Trump has nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neal Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant since the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In many ways, Judge Gorsuch's record mirrors that of Justice Scalia.

  • Kentucky Becomes 27th Right-to-Work State

    January 11, 2017

    Kentucky is now the nation's 27th right-to-work state, making it illegal for workers to be required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment. Governor Matt Bevin signed the legislation on January 9, which took effect immediately.

  • DOL's "Persuader Activity" Rule Stopped

    November 18, 2016

    A federal district court has issued an injunction to permanently prevent the US Department of Labor from implementing a new "persuader activity" rule that would have expanded employers' obligation to report activities they take to persuade employees concerning their rights to organize and collectively bargain.

  • NLRB Allows Bargaining Units With Temporary, Permanent Employees Without Employer Consent

    July 13, 2016

    In Miller & Anderson, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employer consent is not required for bargaining units that combine contingent and regular employees so long as the employees share a community of interest.

  • Supreme Court Leaves Public Employee Union Fees Intact

    March 30, 2016

    The nation's public employee unions have "won" a 4-4 tie at the Supreme Court in a case that could have left their future in doubt. The result means that unions may continue to collect dues from employees they represent, so long as the dues are being used for collective bargaining, contract administration or grievance adjustment purposes.

  • DOL's Controversial Final "Persuader Activity" Rule Expands Employer Reporting Requirements

    March 29, 2016

    On March 24, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a controversial and long-awaited final rule under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) that expands an employer's obligation to report persuader activity - activity engaged in to directly or indirectly persuade employees concerning their rights to organize and collectively bargain.

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