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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday issued a court order [text, PDF] ending an investigation into the 2012 campaign of Governor Scott Walker [official website].The investigation, which was initiated by Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm [official profile], was probing whether the recall campaign had illegally coordinated … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Republican led Missouri General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday approved a "right to work" bill that would stop workers from being required to be part of a union or pay dues, but the bill did not garner enough votes to overcome a likely veto by Governor Jay Nixon … [read more]

Legal News
11 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Wisconsin AFL-CIO [union website] and two local labor unions on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the state's newly enacted "right to work" law [SB 44 materials]. The International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 1061 and the United Steelworkers District 2 [union websites] filed the lawsuit … [read more]

Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Monday signed [Twitter post] a "right to work" bill [SB 44 materials], making Wisconsin the twenty-fifth state with such a law on the books. The legislation was approved by the Senate [JURIST report] last month and given final approval by the Assembly last … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Missouri House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a right-to-work bill [materials] by a vote of 91-64. The bill will now be sent to the Missouri Senate [official website], where it could face a filibuster. Even if the bill is approved by the Senate, Governor Jay Nixon is … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Indiana Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] the state's right-to-work law [text, PDF], stating it did not violate the state's constitution. The 5-0 decision was from an appeal from the Indiana trial court which declared that two of the statutes provisions violated Article 1 Section … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Indiana right-to-work law [text, PDF] is valid under the US Constitution and federal labor laws. The legislation, enacted in February 2012, forbids an employer from requiring the payment of union dues as … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin [official website] on Monday signed into law a bill [text, PDF] banning cities within the state from creating a mandatory minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities [Huffington Post report] from enacting various mandatory employee benefits, such as sick and vacation time. Supporters of the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Michigan's right-to-work law [PA 349 text], applies to civil service employees. PA 349 makes it illegal for employers to require employees to pay union dues, and is viewed by its opponents as a legislative attack on organized … [read more]

Legal News
4 Apr 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A Michigan state court judge on Wednesday denied a request [video] by Attorney General Bill Schuette [official website] to dismiss a lawsuit filed by organized labor supporters and alleging that the state's new right-to-work laws [SB 0116 materials; HB 4003 materials] were passed in violation of the Michigan Open … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Lawmakers said Sunday that a bipartisan commission of US senators for immigration reform [JURIST backgrounder] has reached an agreement after labor and business resolved disagreements over the immigration overhaul. Lawmakers are expected to announce the new immigration reforms when Congress reconvenes [Reuters report] next week. There is no final … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla Swift of the Michigan State AFL-CIO argues that the "right to work" laws enacted by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 are unconstitutional and were enacted in violation of Michigan's Open Meeting Act...The Michigan State AFL-CIO is currently pursuing two separate litigation paths challenging the so-called "right … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Theodore J. St. Antoine of the University of Michigan Law School says that although Michigan's right-to-work laws raise several constitutional issues and were adopted under unusual circumstances, the courts will likely uphold the core provisions prohibiting the union shop....One may believe, as I do, that so-called "right-to-work" … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Michigan State AFL-CIO (MIAFLCIO), the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council [advocacy website] and other labor groups filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Monday challenging the state's new "right-to-work" laws, which bar unions from forcing … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ALCUM) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against the state of Michigan challenging the state's "Freedom to Work" legislation [SB 116, materials]. The ACLUM was joined by various labor unions, including the AFL-CIO [official website]. The suit … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Perone, Staff Attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, argues that there has been a drastic change in public opinion in favor of same-sex marriage and that courts are more willing to recognize marriage equality for all couples...In just a few short years, the landscape … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, and Moshe Marvit, a labor and employment discrimination lawyer, argue that it is time to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to include the individual's right to organize a union...The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) opens … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, says that the Peaceful Assembly Bill is a betrayal of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's earlier promises to bolster civil society through broadening respect for individual rights and enhancing democratic practices...No one has ever accused … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] has issued a preliminary injunction [ruling text, PDF] blocking the enforcement of an Idaho anti-union law [SB 1007] that bans a union program that subsidizes employment for its members. The law, called the Fairness in … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Ten Wisconsin unions on Wednesday filed [press release] a lawsuit in federal court challenging the state's new collective bargaining law. The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website], alleges that the Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF] … [read more]

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