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Chapter III:

Right to work vs. card check: Unions face challenges


Policy: Labor

Despite repeated failures, Card Check still top Big Labor priority

By Sean Higgins | 04/30/14 12:00 AM

Despite repeated failures, Card Check still top Big Labor priority

Gary Casteel of the United Auto Workers had been working for years to organize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Last September, he proudly declared that UAW had already won.
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Policy: Labor

Right-to-work surge is reviving America's Rust Belt

By Sean Higgins | 04/30/14 12:00 AM

Right-to-work surge is reviving America's Rust Belt

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wasted no time. The day after the Republican was sworn in as governor on Jan. 10, 2005, he issued an executive order rescinding collective bargaining rights for state employees.
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Policy: Labor

Unions in right-to-work states make opting out nearly impossible

By Sean Higgins | 04/30/14 12:00 AM

Unions in right-to-work states make opting out nearly impossible

In October, a year after his state had adopted a right-to-work law, Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook announced that his union had retained 99 percent of its members.
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Policy: Labor

Scott Walker: Wisconsin would be in deep trouble now if public employee collective bargaining reforms had not passed

By Sean Higgins | 04/30/14 12:00 AM

Scott Walker: Wisconsin would be in deep trouble now if public employee collective bargaining reforms had not passed

Newly elected Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker boldly moved in early 2011 to reform his state's public-employee collective bargaining laws. His actions sparked major protests, including the occupation of the State Capitol by liberal activists for weeks.
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Policy: Labor

Indiana's right-to-work law has sparked economic rebirth for Midwest

By Sean Higgins | 04/30/14 12:00 AM

Indiana's right-to-work law has sparked economic rebirth for Midwest

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did not sign his state’s new right-to-work law. That was done by his predecessor and fellow Republican, Mitch Daniels, in 2012. But the current governor is an enthusiastic supporter, arguing that there is already evidence that it is acting as a jobs magnet for the Hoosier...
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Graphic: Union chiefs' annual pay

Click on the graphic to see the salaries of the leaders of America's largest labor unions across a variety of industries

Out Of Touch With America: Are Unions Obsolete?


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Written by

Sean Higgins

Senior Writer
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Edited by

Charles Hoskinson

Deputy Opinion Editor
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Graphics by

Chris Henderson

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