2017 is right-to-work's watershed year

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2017 is right-to-work's watershed year

2017 is right-to-work's watershed year
2/8/17

“Workers should have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to join or fund a union without fear of losing their jobs. With the recent adoption of a right-to-work law in Missouri, 28 states now protect that freedom.”

“Without question, the issues of fairness and respect for individual choice were instrumental in creating the right-to-work watershed. But another factor was the clear economic advantage that states enjoyed once they expanded worker freedom by adopting right-to-work.

In the 35-year period between 1977 and 2012, right-to-work states grew their employment by 105.3 percent—more than double the 50 percent growth experienced by states without right to work.

This trend is repeated in more recent data as well. From 2000 to 2015, states with a right-to-work law increased personal income by 91 percent, compared to just 72 percent in states without one. Naturally, along with the increased income possibilities, the same period saw right-to-work states increase their population by 22.3 percent while states without the law experienced an increase of just 9.5 percent.”

Full article: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/2017-is-right-to-works-watershed-year/...

--> Great information in the above article about why Maine should pass a Right-To-Work law.

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Congress Considers National Right-To-Work Bill: Beginning of the End for Unions?
February 8, 2017

Full article at: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/congress-considers-national-right-to...

RE: the National Right-to-Work Act (H.R. 825)
The full text of the bill is available at http://joewilson.house.gov/sites/joewilson.house.gov/files/National%20Ri...

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I'd like to know how much

I'd like to know how much less a ship would cost at BIW with a non-union
workforce!

Why do you think Pat Mcteague set up his work-mens comp. law practice
just outside the BIW gate?

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Right-to-work court case

Right-to-work court case could have national impact on unions

February 10, 2017

“A landmark right-to-work lawsuit playing out in Illinois has captured widespread attention amid expectations the case could land before the Supreme Court – and potentially have national implications for an estimated 20 million government workers.

Pat Hughes, who’s representing the three plaintiffs in the Illinois case, predicted a ruling in their favor could even establish right-to-work policies coast-to-coast.

"This decision would ostensibly make all of the country right-to-work because you couldn't force people to affiliate with a union,” Hughes said.

Right-to-work laws make it illegal for unions to force workers into paying dues. Because Illinois is not a right-to-work state, it remains legal there for unions to automatically take out a ‘fair-share’ fee from a worker’s paycheck, which typically happens when a union represents the majority of employees. Unions argue they negotiate a better wage, health care and working environment for all employees so the fair-share fee is a small price to ask.”

Full report at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/10/right-to-work-court-case-coul...

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The road block to this MF is

The road block to this MF is the fact that "fair share fees" in past have been allowed in past court cases even by the "supremes".

Is a fair share fee an affiliation ? Given the limited benefit from the union available in most unions.
It will be interesting for sure. If it is won it would shoot Evil EThans' Strimlings' save Baldacci law to death. Since even fair share is forced upon Me. employees
by statute.

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Here's a recent article with

Here's a recent article with some interesting developments:

"Manufacturing Moves to Right to Work States"
March 15, 2017
Source: http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/stan-greer/manufacturing-moves-right-w...

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Passing a Right-To-Work law in Maine
would be good for many reasons!

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Was slavery a good idea and

Was slavery a good idea and fair for the people involved?
If you think about it for a second, Forced Unionism is a lot like slavery before it was outlawed… involuntary subjection to another or others.

It's time our legislators do the right thing and end this modern form of slavery to the greedy union bosses and their corrupt politician friends by passing a RTW law in Maine and all of our USA.


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Judge Gorsuch will play a

Judge Gorsuch will play a critical role, and here's a new article with lots of related info:

United States: With America's Attention on Supreme Court Nomination, Congress Pushes Federal "Right-To-Work" Bill

Last Updated: April 7 2017

“Most recently, congressional Republicans introduced two bills, H.R. 744, styled the "Truth in Employment Act of 2017," which would amend the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") to allow nonunion employer discrimination against potential employees on the basis of a candidate's perceived desire to advocate for unionization,1 and H.R. 785, the "National Right-to-Work Act," which would amend the NLRA and the Railway Labor Act to prohibit the mandatory collection of "fair share fees" for nonunion employees.2”

Full article at: http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/584004/employee+rights+labour+relat...

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yes

yes

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Here's another interesting

Here's another interesting article about the benefits of ending Forced Unionism
by passing a Right-To-Work law:

LOWMAN S. HENRY: Turning optimism into progress

“Right-to-work means that employees may join a labor union if they want to, but are not required to do so as a condition of employment. That basic reform has triggered an economic resurgence in Wisconsin.”

Source: http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20170418/lowman-s-henry-turning-optimis...

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Passing a Right-To-Work law

Passing a Right-To-Work law could help create jobs in Maine...
as it just did in Kentucky!

Gov. Bevin: Aluminum rolling mill will bring 550 jobs to eastern Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin announced on Wednesday that a new $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill will come to Eastern Kentucky creating 550 jobs.

"If Kentucky wasn't a right-to-work state, it wouldn't have been on the list," said Craig Bouchard, who is the Chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries.

Source: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Gov-Bevin-plans-to-bring-500-jobs-to-ea...

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Braidy Industries announces $1.3B for new aluminum plant in Greenup County

“Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard said the Delaware-based company will employ 550 workers with average pay of about $70,000 per year at the new facility, which will be built in South Shore and ultimately produce an estimated 20 percent of sheet aluminum for carmakers.

Bouchard credited the General Assembly’s passage of a right-to-work bill, House Bill 1, during this year’s legislative session and said prospective locations in Kentucky would not have made the cut without the new law.

“If Kentucky was not a right-to-work state, you wouldn’t have gotten on the list because it’s so important to us,” he said.”

Source: http://mycn2.com/politics/braidy-industries-announces-13b-for-new-alumin...
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Let's make Maine a Right-To-Work state this year
by passing LD 65!

FMI: https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=HP0052&sn...

Please support this important bill if you'd like to help improve Maine's economy while also ending Forced Unionism on our workers.

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For the naysayers of passing

For the naysayers of passing a Right-To-Work law in Maine, here's another example for you to consider:

Let's Talk Business: Right to Work
By Shad Burner

“On Monday, Feb. 6, Missouri became the 28th state to pass Right to Work legislation.”

In the months since, we have been approached by two manufacturers that currently have operations in other states. They both indicated that since Missouri is set to become a Right to Work state, they would like to open another facility in the Cape Girardeau area.

We are still in early stages of this recruitment process, but this could potentially bring hundreds of jobs to our region. For those of us in economic development, Right to Work has always been a competitiveness issue. It’s impossible to know how many businesses passed us up over the years simply because we couldn’t check that box. And we’re encouraged to see that hurdle moving behind us.”

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BTW, “Shad Burner is the Vice President of Business Development for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves as the Chamber’s lead in the areas of business retention, workforce development, entrepreneurship, talent attraction, and health and human services. He serves on the public policy and business recruitment teams at the Chamber. He is also on the state board for the Missouri Economic Development Council.

Burner holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications: public relations and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He lives in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with his wife, Layne, and two children.”

Source: http://krcu.org/post/lets-talk-business-right-work#stream/0

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Is the End Near for Forced

Is the End Near for Forced Union Membership in America?

Thursday, 01 June 2017

“If U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have their way, the days of forcing American workers to join a labor union in order to keep their jobs will soon come to an end. These pro-right-to-work lawmakers have sponsored legislation designed to end the practice of forced union membership in the United States. In addition, there are pending lawsuits in lower federal courts, challenging the practice of forced unionism.

The legislation (H.R. 785 in the House and S. 545 in the Senate) would make it against federal law for an American to be forced into membership in a labor union against his will. Cases presently making their way to the Supreme Court might make such legislation moot for public employees.”

Full article: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/26147-is-the-end-nea...
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Although Senator Collins, Senator King, and Rep. Pingree all seem to support the idea to keep Forced Unionism legal, Rep. Bruce Poliquin has expressed a willingness to help make it illegal by passing this National Right-To-Work Act.

Please take a minute and contact Rep. Poliquin's office to thank him for taking this stand against the greedy union activists and their corrupt politician friends.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepPoliquin/?ref=br_rs

Email: https://poliquin.house.gov/contact

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This might be headed to the

This might be headed to the SCOTUS for a critical decision that will impact thousands of Maine workers:

Supreme Court Petitioned in Forced Union Dues Case
June 06, 2017

Full article: http://www.insidesources.com/case-forced-union-dues-petitions-supreme-co...
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Supreme Court could rule on 'fair share' dues
June 8, 2017

Full article: http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/local-news/supreme-court-could-rule...
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Government Unions in the Crosshairs

“Two suits seek to overturn 40-year-old precedent allowing for forced union dues, exclusive representation for government employees”

Full article: http://freebeacon.com/issues/government-unions-crosshairs/
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Illinois state worker case could bring Right to Work to public sector workers in all 50 states
June 6, 2017

“The Janus case could be the vehicle to bring freedom to public sector workers across the U.S., putting an end to unions’ extortion of government employees.”

Full article: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-state-worker-case-could-bring-ri...
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Groups ask Supreme Court to revisit public employee union dues
June 6, 2017

Full article: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/groups-ask-supreme-court-to-revisit-pu...
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Justices will decide whether to take a critical case to public-sector unions' future
June 6, 2017

Full article: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/justices-will-decide-whether-to-take-a...
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Here are two new articles to

Here are two new articles to illustrate why Maine should pass a Right-To-Work law like LD 65 this year:

New right-to-work law already paying dividends with new jobs
June 14, 2017

“Kentucky’s new right-to-work law, passed during the first week of the 2017 General Assembly and immediately signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, means that workers can no longer be forced to join a union or pay union dues to work at a company that is represented by a labor union.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has supported this legislation for decades. During this time, all other Southern states — our direct competitors — passed right-to-work laws. Indiana became a right to work state in 2012, meaning Kentucky was virtually surrounded with stiff pro-business competition for jobs. Add laws in Michigan and West Virginia to the mix, and Kentucky was clearly a conspicuous outlier in this much-needed area of reform.

But Kentucky has now joined the ranks of 27 other states with right-to-work laws. These states report faster per capita income growth, faster progress in manufacturing and non-agricultural jobs, greater capital expenditures, lower unemployment and fewer work stoppages.”

Read full article: http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article156125474.html

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Illinois can learn from Indiana’s Success
June 15, 2017

Read full article: http://www.rrstar.com/opinion/20170615/my-view--illinois-can-learn-from-...

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PLEASE contact your local state Senator today and ask him/her to vote for passing LD 65 this year!

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