"Darrell Issa's Labor Website Infuriates Unions" -- Huffington Post
Union activists generally don't consider House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be an ally in labor struggles, so many were surprised Wednesday morning to see that Issa's GOP-led committee had launched a new website to promote workers' rights.
Upon closer inspection, however, labor activists came to see what they considered a distinct anti-union flavor of the website, ProtectingOurWorkers.com. Pitched as a platform to listen "directly to rank-and-file union workers," the site includes three stories told in workers' own words, and all of the workers are critical of their own unions: the National Education Association (NEA), the United Auto Workers and the Service Employees International Union.
Regional union workers at AT&T's wireless business have approved a new, four-year labor agreement, the company and union said Wednesday.
Members of the Communications Workers of America District 6 approved the contract with 70 percent of the vote, said Mike Neumann, district staff representative. The district includes 8,800 AT&T Mobility workers in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.
"Right-to-work heads to Senate" -- Concord Monitor
The same version of the right-to-work bill Gov. John Lynch successfully vetoed last year is now headed to the Senate floor.
An amendment presented to the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday by Sen. Russell Prescott, a Kingston Republican, strips out the House's tweaks to this year's bill, which passed the lower chamber 198-139 last month. The language now mirrors the 2011 bill that was vetoed by Lynch before the House fell 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override.
"Lawmakers delay action on union fees bill" -- Bangor Daily News
The dozens of union representatives who gathered before the Legislature’s Labor Committee to hear debate Wednesday on a controversial labor bill left feeling confused.
Without debate, Sen. Chris Rector, R-Thomaston, the co-chair of the committee, tabled LD 309, a bill that would eliminate the state’s requirement to collect union fees from nonunion public-sector workers.