Senator Charles E. Grassley (R.- Iowa) requested a formal government review of the Department of Labor’s oversight regarding the Central States pension fund. The fund is notorious for its longstanding financial troubles, and recently predicted it will be insolvent by 2026.
The West Virginia legislature overrode Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of recently enacted right-to-work legislation, S.B. 1. The legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2016 making West Virginia the 26th right-to-work state.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner pledged to veto any legislation that would send an ongoing labor dispute with 70,000 state employees to arbitration. Governor Rauner made the statement a day after the legislature passed a measure that would send the matter to mediation and binding arbitration. The same measure forbids public employees from striking and prevents the state from locking out state employees.
U.S. Congressional Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent several letters to various federal agency heads requesting information regarding the number of employees who have taken “official time” in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. “Official time” is paid time spent doing union representative work instead of normally assigned work