Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R.) signed “right-to-work” legislation making it illegal to require workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Kentucky is the 27th state to adopt such right-to-work legislation.
U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson (R.-SC) and Steve King (R.-IA) introduced a national right-to-work bill in Congress. The proposed bill eliminates “union security” clauses in collective bargaining agreements and allows workers to refuse to pay union dues. While similar legislation has failed to move beyond the committee stage, supporters of the bill are hopeful that with the Republicans’ control of the House, coupled with President Trump’s support for right-to-work measures, the bill will gain enough momentum to be brought to the House floor for a vote.
President Trump appointed NLRB Member Philip A. Miscimarra as acting chairman of the NLRB. Miscimarra, the sole Republican on the Board, will replace Democrat Mark Gaston Pearce, who was appointed as chairman by Barack Obama in August 2011. The NLRB has traditionally consisted of three members from the president’s party, and two members from the opposing party. Currently, there are two vacancies on the Board.
President Donald Trump met with construction union leaders at the White House on January 23, and told them he will “get them working again.” Representatives from 13 unions, including the Ironworkers, Sheet Metal Workers, and North America’s Building Trades unions, attended the meeting, which focused on what White House spokesman Sean Spicer called Trump's “pro-worker agenda.”