Bill To Guarantee Secret Union Ballots Introduced In Both Houses: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that last Thursday, Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill that would make major reforms to federal labor law. Significantly, the bill would guarantee the use of secret ballots in union elections. The bill would also require union members to sign off on dues spending that was not related to collective bargaining.
Currently styled as the Employee Rights Act, the bill was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch and Lamar Alexander, who praised the bill's contents in a short statement.
“This common sense bill takes critical steps in giving individual workers the rights they deserve,” Hatch said in a statement.
We will be watching this bill move through the legislative process very closely and will make sure to keep you posted on its progress.
Will County Workers Set To Strike: Alicia Fabbre of the Chicago Tribune writes that employees of Will County are expected to walk off the job at 7am this morning and hit the pickets. The more than 1,000 employees expected to strike have become fed up over the length of contract negotiations, which have now been taking place for over a year. The major sticking points between employees and management have been wages and health benefits, with the county imposing its last best offer last month. A county spokesperson expressed his disappointment at the workers' actions, but noted that it was not unexpected.
"As disappointed as most of us will be that it has come to this, we are prepared to handle this," Will County Executive Larry Walsh said Friday. "The services will be the same on Monday as they were on Friday."
We will keep you posted as this labor dispute moves toward a resolution.
Cal, Nurses Reach Agreement: The Sacramento Business Journal reports that the California Nurses Association has reached an agreement with the University of California regarding a contract for approximately 12,000 nurses. If the nurses choose to accept the agreement, they will be entitled to annual 4% raises, as well as step raises through 2017. Further, the nurses agreed to a no-strike clause.