Court nixes pay for police doing union work: The Phoenix New Times reports that the Goldwater Institute obtained a preliminary injunction negating collective bargaining provisions allowing Phoenix police union officials to conduct union work while they are on the clock. Under the collective bargaining agreement, union officials are "released" from police duties to conduct union business but remain on the city’s payroll. However, it appears that the effects of the ruling will be short-lived:
But the Institute’s legal victory will be a short one since it only applies to the current contract, which is going to expire on June 30.
Taylor Earl, a staff attorney for Goldwater Institute working on the lawsuit, tells New Times they plan to file an amended complaint to wrap the newly negotiated contract into the lawsuit.
Machinists file ULPs against Lockheed: Bob Cox of the Star-Telegram writes that the Machinists union filed new unfair labor practice allegations against Lockheed Martin on the same day that Lockheed made its final contract offer.
One of the complaints filed Wednesday says Lockheed moved F-35 fighter jet work to Marietta, Ga., as a way of "interfering with, restraining and coercing" workers on strike in Fort Worth.
Lockheed spokesman Joe Stout acknowledged that the company had recently moved work on F-35 wing assemblies to Marietta but said the decision was made months ago "before we knew of the possibility of a strike" in Fort Worth.
According to Mr. Cox, the Machinists have been on strike for seven weeks, and there are no signs of it ending.
No Harmony in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: The York Daily Record is reporting that Local 294 of the American Federation of Musicians filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra alleging that the orchestra has refused to bargain. According to the article, the parties are negotiating a first contract as the musicians voted 50-34 earlier this year in favor of unionizing.
New Battleground States: CBS News identifies states that are likely to be new battleground states for "anti-union measures" in the aftermath of the Wisconsin recall election: Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.