Right-To-Work Amendment Fails in VA Senate: Natalie Rodriguez of Law360 ($$) reports that a proposed amendment to the Virginia state constitution has failed in the Senate. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Richard Black (Republican), would have made Virginia a "Right to Work" state. The amendment would have prohibited a labor union from denying a non-member the right to work alongside that union.
“In a victory for Virginia's working families, a 'right to work' for less measure has failed in the state senate on a 20-20 tie vote ... Adding right-to-work to the constitution would have further entrenched a harmful policy already existing in Virginia state law,” the Virginia chapter of the AFL-CIO said in a statement on Monday.
The attempted Virginia amendment follows similar successful efforts in Michigan and Indiana. Further, similar right-to-work legislation is currently working its way through the Pennsylvania legislature. We will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward.
Outrage on NY Bus Driver Picket Line: Eyewitness News 7 reports that heated protests are occurring this morning on the picket line set up by New York City school bus drivers who are on strike over job protection issues. Yesterday, union officials and bus company management met at Gracie Mansion in an effort to end the nine-day strike. Furthermore, the National Labor Relations Board is currently examining the legality of the labor strike. A decision from the Board is expected in the coming days.
N.M. Hospital Staffing Issue to be Heard by NLRB: Phaedra Haywood of the Santa Fe New Mexican writes that an Administrative Law Judge will today entertain unfair labor practice allegations filed against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The allegations stem from a dispute last summer wherein the Hospital refused to provide the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (the Union) with certain information the union had requested regarding Hospital staffing needs.
Union officials and the Hospital have repeatedly been at odds in recent years over staffing levels, with the Union maintaining that the Hospital is dangerously understaffed. The two parties are currently in settlement talks which, if successful, would void the need for a Board hearing.