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Connecticut: Governor reaches tentative deal cutting public union salaries, benefits, and pensions.

Reports are Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has reached a tentative plan with the state’s union leaders to cut state worker costs in the wake of the state’s projected $5 billion deficit in their $40 billion dollar two-year budget. Some of the concessions made by labor unions include wage freezes, furloughs, increases in employee pension contribution rates, and agreeing to a new 401(k) style retirement plan for new state employees.

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National Review - Union Leaders Earn More than Most CEOs

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka recently called CEO pay "shameful" and accused CEOs of  "destroy[ing] the livelihoods of the hard-working people who make their companies profitable." Trumka's comments came in response to the release of the AFL-CIO's annual Executive Paywatch report. However, past reports have been critized for using "questionable methodology," and the Corner at National Review points out data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics paints a very different picture.

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Michigan: The right to refrain from joining a union also means the right to resign

Interpreting the scope of Michigan's right to work laws, a Michigan Appeals Court has ruled that where employees have a right to refrain from union activity, unions may not make rules interferring with or restraining employees' exercise of that right. Effectively, the ruling means Michigan unions may not try to restrict when employees can resign union membership. The decision can be found here. News articles discussing the impact of the ruling can be found here and here

Labor unions spent over $1.7 billion on politics for the 2016 election cycle

The National Institute for Labor Relations compiled federal and state labor union data sources on political spending to conclude that unions spent over $1.7 billion dollars trying to influence elections during the 2016 election cycle. $1.3 billion of that came from general treasury dues. However, since many public employee unions are not required to report their political spending, that number is likely lower than the actual dollar figure.