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The Future Of Labor Unions In The U.S.

Labor unions in the United States have been struggling with declining membership for decades. After reaching an all-time high of approximately 35% unionization of private sector employees in the 1950s, labor unions represent...more

Court Finds Indiana Right-To-Work Law Unconstitutional

In a stunning decision, a state court judge has ruled that Indiana’s hard-won right-to-work law is unconstitutional. The reasoning is strained and rests on the rather peculiar notion that “just compensation” for a union...more

Right-to-Work’s Impact on Union Membership in Michigan

Michigan’s two right-to-work laws became effective on March 28, and have likely left many wondering how they impact their own workplaces and what effect they will have on union membership in the future. Essentially, the laws...more

Employment And Labor Law Alert - It's Official: Michigan's "Right-To-Work" Law Takes Effect

On March 28, 2013, Michigan's "right-to-work" law, the Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, went into effect. The law prohibits any requirement that an employee pay union dues or join a union as a condition of employment. The...more

Indiana’s Right-to-Work Statute Survives First Challenge While Court Clarifies Statutory Ambiguities

On February 1, 2012, Indiana became the 23rd “right-to-work” (RTW) state. Since that date, unions have filed two lawsuits in Indiana federal courts hoping to overturn the law on different grounds. One of those lawsuits,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook - 6 States Ban Companies from Asking for Social Media Passwords - Health Law Requires Employers to Offer Family Care to All - Fiscal...more

Right-To-Work Laws In The Heart Of The Auto Industry

On December 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to adopt “right-to-work” laws. These laws prohibit any requirement that an employee become or remain a member of a labor organization; pay dues, assessments or other...more

Michigan's New Right To Work Legislation

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Governor Snyder signed two bills consisting of "Right to Work" legislation for Michigan. These two bills cover public sector and private sector employers in Michigan. The Public Sector Law...more

Where the Action Is: State Labor and Employment Legislation

With divided government in Washington relegating most congressional labor and employment legislation to the dead letter file, state legislation becomes a more viable option for interest groups to press their initiatives. The...more

Michigan Becomes The Newest "Right to Work" State

As the home of Ford and General Motors, Michigan was once considered the heart of America's union workforce. On December 11, 2012, however, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined a growing trend among states and signed...more

Michigan Becomes the 24th Right-to-Work State: What Employers Need to Know and Do Now

Last week, while legislators debated in Lansing, union supporters demonstrated outside the capitol. Now that right-to-work is the law in Michigan for the public and private sectors, the demonstrations may be over, but unions...more

Federal Judge Orders Reinstatement of Workers and New Bargaining with Union

The headlines this week have already written the obituaries for unions, at least in Michigan, where the state passed a new “right to work” law. But here in Connecticut, unions may be weakened, but, when bolstered by the...more

Michigan Becomes 24th Right-To-Work State—Now What?

As expected and amid demonstrations by thousands of union supporters, the Michigan House of Representatives passed SB 116 and HB 4003, and both bills were signed by Governor Rick Snyder. Now officially known as PA 348 of 2012...more

It’s Official: Michigan Is A “Right-To-Work” State

As we reported last week, in a surprising move last Thursday, the Michigan House and Senate both passed right-to-work legislation and sent the legislation to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for his review and signature....more

Michigan Becomes 24th Right to Work State with Public Acts 348 and 349 of 2012

As promised, yesterday evening, Governor Rick Snyder signed two separate bills into law: SB-01116, now known as Public Act 348 of 2012 and HB-4003, now known as Public Act 349 of 2012....more

Labor Stunner: Michigan Joins Ranks Of Right-To-Work States

The Michigan legislature voted on December 11, 2012 to pass controversial right-to-work legislation affecting private and public sector employees throughout the historically union-friendly state. The legislation, which was...more

Right-To-Work Becomes Law In Michigan: What It Means For Employers

On December 11, 2012, the Michigan House passed and Governor Snyder signed HB 4003 and SB 116, commonly referred to as "right-to-work" legislation. This legislation effectively prohibits a "closed" union shop...more

Michigan On Track To Become 24th Right-To-Work State

On December 6, 2012, the Michigan Senate passed two bills (SB 116 and HB 4003) and the House passed one bill (HB 4052), making Michigan poised to become the 24th state with a right-to-work law. These bills would prohibit any...more

Michigan Poised To Become A “Right-To-Work” State

Yesterday, the Michigan House and Senate each passed right-to-work legislation amid tumultuous protest by union supporters. Governor Snyder (R) has said that he will sign the bills, which could occur as early as Tuesday. He...more

Right-to-Work: What Does It Mean for Michigan Employers?

Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders announced that they would fast-track Freedom to Work legislation to make Michigan the 24th state to enact a right to work statute. By late last night, both...more

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