Right on Labor

Right on Labor is a project of the Fairness Center - a nonprofit public interest law firm offering free legal services to those hurt by public employee union officials.

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Missourians Vote Down Right-to-Work Law

August 9, 2018 Lindsey A. Wanner

On Tuesday, Missouri voters rejected a right-to-work law that eliminated mandatory fair share fees in the private sector. In a public referendum, about two thirds of voters voted “no” on Proposition A, which supported the right-to-work law. Unions and other opponents of Proposition A outspent right-to-work supporters by over three times in their effort to defeat the law, according to the AP.

Official Time in Federal Agencies

June 6, 2018 Lindsey A. Wanner

The latest report from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) states that in fiscal year 2016 federal employees spent a total of 3,633,290 hours on “official time,” the practice of allowing government employees to perform union activities during business hours. See 5 U.S. Code § 7131. This is a 4.76 percent increase from 2014. The total cost for the total official time hours, including salary and benefits, was $177,211,408.53, a 9.04 percent increase from FY 2014.

Religious Objectors & Janus

February 23, 2018 Lindsey A. Wanner

In Pennsylvania, public employee union nonmembers can object to union payments on sincere religious grounds. Instead of paying nonmember fees (also called fair share fees) to the union, religious objectors must pay an equivalent sum to a nonreligious charity agreed to by the union. At least ten other states besides Pennsylvania have similar laws allowing such a religious objection.