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09 Jan 2017 Kentucky Doubles Down: Right to Work and No Prevailing Wage

  Over the weekend, Kentucky became the 27th state in the U.S. to pass a statewide Right-to-Work Act. And while they were at it, the Kentucky senate also passed a bill eliminating the commonwealth’s prevailing wage act for public construction projects. Both bills take effect immediately.   Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a right-to-work measure into law this weekend. Republicans had introduced the measure on Jan. 3 at the start of the legislative session and…

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19 Oct 2016 Operators Local 150 General Counsel Sues for Defamation

  Dale Pierson, attorney and general counsel for Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, has brought suit against the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) claiming the group defamed him in its online posts that reported on the union’s litigation effort to overturn Indiana’s Right-to-Work Act.   NILRR identifies itself as “a non-profit research facility analyzing and exposing the inequities of compulsory unionism.” It is located in Springfield, Virginia, and maintains…

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14 Jan 2015 EVENLY DIVIDED 7TH CIRCUIT REJECTS EN BANC REVIEW OF INDIANA’S RIGHT TO WORK ACT

In a somewhat rare occurrence, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is split right down the middle on whether to rehear a union’s challenge to the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work Act.  The Court voted  5-to-5 Tuesday on whether to rehear the appeal en banc.  The even split means the three-judge panel’s decision from September, 2014 upholding the statute under the United States Constitution stands.   The 2014 decision upholding…

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31 Dec 2014 Right to Work Battle Not Over in Indiana?

Despite the recent Indiana Supreme Court and 7th Circuit rulings upholding the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work Act under both the state and federal constitutions, the Indiana Lawyer is reporting today that the battles might not yet be over. The publication quotes Dale Pierson, general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, that the union decided to go ahead with a petition for review en banc by the full 7th Circuit…

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07 Nov 2014 Indiana Right to Work Act Upheld by Indiana Supreme Court

The Indiana Supreme Court decided that I.C. sections 22-6-6-8 and 22-6-6-10 in the Indiana Right to Work Law do not violate Article 1, Section 21 of the Indiana Constitution.  In so ruling, the Court overturned the trial court’s decision which had concluded that those sections of the Act were facially unconstitutional. Section 21 of the Indiana Bill of Rights, Article 1 of the Indiana Constitution, provides that “[n]o person’s particular services shall be demanded, without just…

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