Unions

2:42am

Fri December 14, 2012
Business

What Does Right To Work Mean?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 3:33 am

The term "right to work" has been in the news a lot this week. On Tuesday, Michigan became the 24th state to enact right-to-work legislation. It means unions can no longer require workers to pay full dues, even if they're working in a union shop.

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3:17pm

Wed December 12, 2012
It's All Politics

In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 10:54 am

Silent protesters Wednesday in Lansing, Mich., wear tape with messages that signify wages they say they could lose because of the state's new right-to-work law.
Paul Sancya AP

No one can argue the setback to organized labor served up by Michigan's new law, which bars unions from requiring workers to pay dues even if they don't join their workplace bargaining unit.

Tuesday's passage of "right to work" legislation in a state dominated by the auto industry and the historically powerful United Auto Workers was a surprising "smack in the face" to unions, says labor expert Lee Adler, especially given President Obama's nearly 10-point win in the state last month.

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7:50am

Tue December 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan Lawmakers Poised To Pass Right-to-Work Bill, Outraging Union Protesters

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 7:06 pm

Union members from around the country rallied outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing as lawmakers voted on the right-to-work legislation.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Update at 6:00 p.m. ET:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law two controversial "right-to-work" bills passed earlier Tuesday by the state's House. This officially makes Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the nation.

The two bills give both public and private employees so-called right-to-work protections — controversial pieces of legislation that have sparked protests in and around the state capitol in Lansing.

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10:43am

Sat December 8, 2012
U.S.

Sign Of The Times: Labor Strikes May Make Comeback

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 1:04 pm

An empty container ship waited near the Port of Los Angeles during the eight-day strike by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The stoppage put a halt to most of the work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

When clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached an impasse in talks with management over job security last week, they took what has become something of a rare step: They went on strike.

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5:25am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Deal Struck To End L.A. Port Strike; Walkout Was Delaying Billions In Goods

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:58 am

Work can start again: This ship, loaded with containers, was sitting beneath idle cranes Tuesday at the Port of Los Angeles.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Kirk Siegler and Renee Montagne

A week-old strike that "crippled the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach" and kept about $1 billion worth of goods a day from arriving on shore is set to end today.

"We've got a deal and people are going back to work," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced late last night, as our colleagues at Southern California Public Radio report.

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