- State legislators in Pennsylvania have introduced legislation aimed at making the state the 25th in the nation to adopt right-to-work legislation. The Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative would prohibit contract provisions that make employment conditioned upon union membership or the payment of union dues, would prohibit unions from collecting dues from some non-union state and local employees, and would prohibit employment in the private sector from being conditional on union membership or non-membership. The initiative would also give public employees the ability to opt-out of union membership at any time during their contract. Backers of the initiative argue that it will make the state more competitive with its neighbors, while opponents contend that it will weaken job security protections in the state.
- A proposed right-to-work amendment to the Virginia State Constitution failed on its third reading in the deadlocked state senate. The amendment would have deemed any labor agreement that denied a non-member a right to work as against public policy and an illegal combination or conspiracy, but senators split equally in favor and against the measure. The proposal earlier passed the senate Committee on Privileges and Elections by just one vote.
- President Obama has resubmitted his nomination of Nicholas Christopher Geale to replace Elizabeth Dougherty on the NLRB. Mr. Geale, a Republican, is currently the Director of Oversight and Investigations on the committee staff of Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), a former ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Mr. Obama previously nominated Mr. Geale in December 2012, but the appointment did not receive action prior to the expiration of the 112th Congress.
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