"Commentary: Union lobbying plummets in 2011" - Sheboygan Press
When the unions' lobbying money flowed, it really flowed. And then, for the most part, it dried up.
During the first half of 2011, labor unions collectively reported spending more than $7 million on lobbying in Wisconsin. This six-month total was $2 million more than these same unions spent during the entire prior two-year legislative session, 2009-10.
A union official says a tentative agreement has been reached with Cooper Tire to end a lockout in northwest Ohio that began in November.
Steelworkers local union President Rod Nelson says the agreement reached Thursday will be outlined for 1,000 members on Saturday.
"Lower union membership in state bucks trend" - Middletown Journal
Union membership in Ohio fell again last year, bucking a national trend and marking at least the 10th consecutive year of declines for organized labor in the state, according to federal labor data.