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27 Oct 2017 Right-to-Work Battle in Illinois Enters Cease Fire – For Now

  Illinois is completely surrounded by right-to-work states that have laws making it unlawful for companies to require union dues as a condition of employment. Notwithstanding the recent trend of states enacting such laws, the Illinois legislature tried its best this year to block right-to-work legislation within its borders.   Earlier this year, the Illinois legislature passed a law that would prohibit local governments from enacting their own right-to-work laws after one Illinois municipality attempted…

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21 Apr 2017 Union Body Count and Big Spending

  Last year, some of the country’s biggest unions continue to hemorrhage membership, while others spent big dollars on organizing for modest gains in membership. In 2016, the union membership body count was not insignificant. According to LM-2 filings:   Steelworkers lost 20,000 members United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) lost nearly 14,000 members Teamsters lost almost 5,800 members Machinists lost nearly 5,500 members   This continues a trend seen over the last decades. The…

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14 Apr 2017 Tax Breaks for Union Members Despite New York’s Financial Problems

  New York’s Legislature is giving union dues payers a tax break. While a number of states (and even municipalities) have passed right-to-work laws so union workers do not have to forcibly pay union dues, New York has taken a decidedly different approach. On April 10, New York passed a law allowing union dues and agency fees to be completely tax deductible, effectively giving a tax break to union members.   New York’s union “dues deduction”…

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24 Feb 2015 County Right-to-Work Laws In Kentucky Already Yielding Increased Job Growth

  As previously reported on this blog, several counties in Kentucky recently passed their own Right-to-Work laws that prohibit companies and unions within their borders from requiring union dues as a condition of employment. In just a few short months, one of those counties, who previously was losing out on opportunities to attract more jobs, already seems to be seeing benefits from its new law in the form of job creation. As the article below…

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11 Feb 2015 Illinois Governor Issues Executive Order Ending Non-Unionized State Workers’ “Fair Share” Fees

On Feb. 9, newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order ending a requirement that non-unionized state workers pay “fair share” union dues. Governor Rauner estimates that of the 46,573 state workers covered by collective bargaining, approximately 6,580 are not unionized, but still pay an average of $577 a year in “fair share” dues. In signing the executive order, Governor Rauner stated that “these forced union dues are a critical cog in the…

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14 Oct 2014 UAW Charged with Coercion in Refusing to Allow Member to Resign

Reuters is reporting that a Michigan truck driver has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the UAW after refusing to allow the driver to exercise her right to quit the union and stop paying dues. Even though Michigan is now a right to work state (see our previous coverage), the union refused the driver’s request to quit the union.   The driver sent a letter to officials at the UAW local in Dearborn, Michigan,…

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10 May 2013 6th Circuit Upholds Michigan Law Which Bars Schools from Collection Union Dues

The 6th Circuit in Bailey v. Callahan, decided Thursday, May 9, has vacated an injunction entered by the District Court and has upheld Michigan’s Public Act 53 which prohibits Michigan’s public schools from assisting in the collection of dues and service fees for unions. The Court summarized the Union’s First Amendment challenge to the statute in this way: “Unions engage in speech (among many other activities); they need membership dues to engage in speech; if…

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