Caterpillar Workers Accuse Union of ULPs: Alejandra Cancino of the Chicago Tribune writes that two Caterpillar Inc. workers filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that a local union is trying to fine them for crossing the picket line during a three and a half month strike this past summer.
The union is holding hearings for the more than 100 members who returned to work as their co-workers picketed outside Caterpillar's hydraulics plant in Joliet, seeking cost of living increases, lower health care premiums and for seniority rights to be honored.
Michigan Voters Reject Proposal 2: The Huffington Post reports that Michigan voters rejected Proposal 2, a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing public and private-sector employees the right to organize and collectively bargain.
If Proposal 2 had become an amendment, it would have voided existing and future laws restricting workers' ability to organize unions, or to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions. But it still would have permitted lawmakers to pass legislation prohibiting public employees from striking. The measure would have also overridden state laws regulating hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflicted with collective bargaining agreements.