Buffalo News Online, April 09, 2015
Jeffrey A. Peterson, 51, of Freedom, a former business agent of Local 17 of the Operating Engineers International, AFL-CIO, pleaded guilty Thursday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny to a federal charge of exceeding his authorized access to the New York State Motor Vehicles Department’s database.
Washington Times Online, April 08, 2015
The SEIU isn’t interested in the negative impacts of its “Fight for 15” campaign because it has one goal in mind: add new members. New members mean new revenue for the union. And despite its purported altruism, nearly everything the SEIU does can be boiled down to organizing new workers to collect more dollars.
Daily Caller Online, April 08, 2015
The lawsuit from The Fairness Center, a non-profit law firm, alleges that Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, has purposely made it easier for unions to organize homecare workers in the state through his executive order. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has close connections to the governor, looks likely to benefit the most.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette Online, April 8, 2015
A national battle over ongoing home-care worker organizing efforts has been rekindled in Pennsylvania now that a coalition of care providers and recipients has sued the Wolf administration, claiming an executive order issued by the Democratic governor is a stealth unionization attempt.
The Daily Signal Online, April 08,2015
States with right-to-work laws that prevent workers from being coerced to pay union dues attract more businesses and workers, which in turn grow their economies. Compared to forced-union states, right-to-work states experienced twice the rate of employment growth from 2003–2013, one-quarter higher income growth, and one-third greater output growth. What’s more, right-to-work states experienced a 3 percent increase in net migration, while forced-union states suffered a 1 percent loss in net migration.
Cincinnati.com, April 07, 2015
A niche legislative panel will consider adding right to work to the Ohio constitution, although the proposal – submitted by an Ohio citizen and obtained by The Enquirer – appears unlikely to pass.
The Times-Tribune Online, April 08, 2015
Scranton is pursuing a new plan to pay most of a $23 million-and-growing judgment overdue to the police and firefighter unions all at once, instead of through installments, said city Business Administrator David Bulzoni.
The new plan calls for using around $3 million in workers’ compensation funds for a collateral debt-service reserve for some $22.4 million in bonds. The bonds would be issued to pay the 2011 landmark state Supreme Court arbitration ruling awarding the unions years of back pay.