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Giving the Unions Their Dues: NLRB ALJ Finds Partial Preemption of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: Administrative Law Judge found that the NLRA preempts part of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that restricts employers from deducting union dues directly from employees’ paychecks....more

New Hampshire Legislature Rejects Right-to-Work Legislation

The New Hampshire Legislature has rejected a proposed “Right-To-Work” bill which would have prohibited unions from charging non-members for the costs of representation. The measure failed to pass the House with a final...more

Right-To-Work Laws Continue to Gain Momentum at Federal, State, and Local Levels

For nearly fifty years, the debate over “right-to-work” laws had largely been considered settled. The concept was popular in the south, where a number of states have had right-to-work-laws on the books since before the...more

February 2017: The 12 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always evolving at a rapid pace, leading us to summarize a few of the most significant cases from the previous month. February 2017 was another month that saw dramatic developments,...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

“Right-to-Work” Momentum Building in 2017

In the early months of 2017, right-to-work legislation continues to garner significant attention as a number of states explore legislation. In early January, Kentucky passed legislation prohibiting employers from entering...more

Missouri Has Become the 28th Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, the newly elected GOP Governor Eric Greitens, signed into law a right-to-work (RTW) bill that passed the state’s Republican-controlled state legislature....more

Congress Considers National Right-To-Work Bill: Beginning of the End for Unions?

Organized labor in the United States has experienced a steady decline in the last several decades, from a peak union membership rate of 35% during the mid-1950s to 10.7% in the year 2016. For the private sector, the decline...more

Right to Work Law Passes in Missouri

Missouri is now the 28th Right to Work state after Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill No. 19 into law. The law becomes effective on August 28, 2017....more

President Trump Supports National Right To Work Bill

A stalwart of collective bargaining, the union security clause, is under assault by the “National Right to Work Act” (H.R. 785) that Representatives King (R – Iowa) and Wilson (R – South Carolina) introduced in the House on...more

There Goes Another One! Missouri Right-To-Work Legislation Signed Into Law.

The State of Missouri has now become our 28th right-to-work state, following closely after Kentucky, which took the leap about a month ago. The Missouri bill was signed into law yesterday by Republican Gov. Eric...more

Missouri Enacts Right to Work Law

Governor Eric Greitens campaigned on promises to sign “right-to-work” law if given the opportunity and the Missouri House of Representatives gave him that opportunity by passing Senate Bill 19 (SB 19) after hours of floor...more

Missouri is Now a Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri became the 28th state to enact a right-to-work law.  The bill, passed by the Show Me State’s Republican-controlled state legislature, was signed into law by newly-elected Governor Eric Greitens. ...more

Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 19, making Missouri our nation’s 28th right-to-work state. In the last five years, five other states have passed right to work legislation (Indiana,...more

Missouri Joins Ranks Of Right-To-Work States

Governor’s Signature Means Missouri Will Become 28th Right-To-Work State - Earlier today, Governor Eric Greitens signed a bill into law that will lead Missouri to join the ranks of states that are governed by...more

State of the States: Legislatures are off to the Races!

Most state legislatures are back in session, and they are poised to address a wide range of labor and employment issues this year. Since January 1, 2017, more than 500 employment-related bills have been proposed in more than...more

Missouri to join Right to Work ranks: Is the fight over or just warming up?

Missouri stands poised to become the 28th state to enact a Right to Work law. On January 19, 2017, the Missouri House passed HB 91, which prohibits forced unionism. The Senate is expected to pass the bill this week. Gov. Eric...more

Kentucky Passes Right-to-Work Law: FAQs on What This Means to Kentucky Employers and Their Employees

Kentucky has passed House Bill 1, the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state to adopt right-to-work legislation....more

Federal Court Strikes Down Lincolnshire’s “Right to Work” Ordinance

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Village of Lincolnshire’s municipal ordinance regulating union activities was invalid under federal law. The ruling is a defeat for...more

Kentucky Legislature Moves to Lock Out Unions

Seyfarth Synopsis: This weekend Kentucky became the 27th state to pass right-to-work legislation, eliminating the right of unions to collect compelled-dues payments and providing a significant boost to employers hoping to...more

Kentucky Becomes the 27th Right-to-Work State and Repeals Its Prevailing Wage Law

In lightning-fast fashion, Kentucky became the 27th state to enact right-to-work legislation over the weekend. After the 2016 elections, in which Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first...more

Courts Disagree on Whether Locally Enacted "Right-to-Work" Laws Are Pre-empted by the NLRA - Illinois District Court and Sixth...

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) generally permits private sector employers and unions to agree to include "union security" provisions in their collective bargaining agreements. Union security provisions promote...more

Kentucky Becomes 27th Right-To-Work State

On January 9, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into law a bill that made Kentucky a right-to-work state. The law took effect immediately. Employers in the state should familiarize themselves with this significant new...more

Kentucky Enacts Right-to-Work Law

Over the weekend, Kentucky lawmakers passed a right-to-work bill, which was promptly signed by Governor Matt Bevin. The new law took immediate effect on January 9, 2017, making Kentucky the 27th state in the nation and the...more

Limited Right to Ask for Discontinuance of Dues Deductions

A recent federal court decision in Madison has struck down a portion of the Right-to-Work law applicable to all employers in Wisconsin. Under this decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley, the Court has issued a...more

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