By Sahid Fawaz
1. The West Virginia Supreme Court gives the go-ahead to state’s “right to work” law.
Last month, the state’s highest court threw out a preliminary injunction that had halted West Virginia's “right to work” law. The court paved the way for the law to take effect in a state with a strong union history.
2. The Illinois legislature bans local “right to work” zones. The Governor vetoes the bill.
Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped a bill from becoming law that would prevented local government from creating own “right to work” zones. The push by local governments to create these zones is an effort to skirt the state’s legislature refusal to enact a “right to work” law for the entire state.
3. H.R. 785, known as the National Right to Work Act, introduced into Congress.
Representatives Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Steve King sponsored a bill that would amend federal labor laws to prohibit security clauses, which would result in a national “right to work” law.
The latest action on the bill was in February, when it was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
4. Wisconsin appeals court upholds “right to work” law.
A state appeals court ruled in September that state’s “right to work” law is not an unconstitutional taking of property from unions. The decision overturned a lower court ruling that the law was unconstitutional.
5. GOP in New Mexico begins strategy of county-level “right to work” legislation when it fails at the state level.
When conservatives in the New Mexico legislature failed to pass a “right to work” law, proponents of the law took the fight to the counties. Their first stop? Sandoval County. County commissioners there have sponsored the law, which would make the county the first in New Mexico to have a “right to work” law.