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In an evenly divided Senate, the moderate Democrat is key to passing President Biden’s massive infrastructure and jobs proposal. Now he’s facing pressure from unions back home to support the measure.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Four state employees who opposed paying union dues have settled a lawsuit they filed against the state last year. And both sides are declaring themselves winners. National Right to Work Foundation attorney Bill Messenger says the employees he represents were told they couldn’t quit paying for union membership until the contract expired in February 2021… Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say registered nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital have voted to unionize. Service Employees International Union spokeswoman Sherri McKinney told The Herald-Dispatch that voting ended Wednesday night with an “overwhelming majority” in favor of being represented. The vote means 900 registered nurses will join about 870 other employees represented by SEIU…. Read More
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county’s emergency responders have announced plans to unionize. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports dozens of Cabell County EMS employees showed their support for the initiative at a county commission meeting on Thursday. A United Mine Workers of America representative, Floyd Conley, asked commissioners to recognize his organization as their bargaining unit…. Read More
Five state employees have filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming their rights have been violated by being required to pay union dues. Four employees with the Ohio Department of Transportation and one with the Ohio Department of Public Safety have filed suit against two labor unions, Gov. Mike DeWine and Department of Administrative Services Director Matt Damschroder…. Read More
Several unions representing workers at the state’s two nuclear plants are objecting to a new bankruptcy plan by FirstEnergy Solutions, saying the energy generator’s latest filing would not honor union contracts. Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) says many legislators recently voted to bail out FirstEnergy Solutions’ nuclear plants because they thought they were protecting union jobs. That… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has extended a delay in enforcing a lower court ruling that struck down part of a state law allowing workers to stop paying union dues. The Kanawha County ruling came last month in a lawsuit by the state AFL-CIO and other unions. The court said the… Read More
One of Ohio’s key supporters of the controversial anti-union measure “right to work” says he’s not going to push for it anymore. Republican Rep. John Becker says he still supports the idea of not requiring workers to join a union in order to get a job and has proposed so-called “right to work” measures in the past. But he won’t push for it… Read More
Well-funded groups are spreading the word: Teachers no longer have to support the union that represents them.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday 5-4 that states may not force public employees to pay agency fees to unions of which they are not a member.