Missouri Torch

Missouri state agencies often give “release time” to unions as part of their collective bargaining agreement. Release time allows for public employees to be paid by Missouri taxpayers while working for their unions, doing things like lobbying state legislators in opposition to laws like Right to Work and Paycheck Protection.

Bill hardly an attack on middle class

By Glenn Cook, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada lawmakers don’t have to look too hard for reasons to pass Assembly Bill 182, which contains provisions that public employee bargaining groups have labeled “union Armageddon.” In fact, lawmakers can find the biggest justification for the bill walking the halls of the Legislative Building as a paid lobbyist.

Largest R.I. workers union OK’s pension deal

By Katherine Gregg, Rhode Island Providence Journal

After a week of voting, the status of a proposed pre-trial settlement of the legal fight over Rhode Island’s pension overhaul remains uncertain, but the largest state employees union — Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees —has approved the deal.

Taxpayers Foot Bill for Union Interests

By Paige Lafortune, americanlegislator.org

Prior to a court case ruling otherwise, taxpayers in the city of Phoenix paid $950,000 a year in salaries and benefits to send six city police officers to work as full-time union managers, 35 officers to work as part time union representatives and one to work as a union lobbyist. Including Phoenix, the state of Arizona was giving approximately $3.7 million in taxpayer dollars to public employees doing union work on “release time.”

Act 10 Lawsuit Judgment Strikes Down Forced Dues Contracts between Kenosha School District and Unions

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

In a lawsuit filed by current and former Kenosha public school teachers, a state court has struck down monopoly bargaining agreements between the Kenosha Unified School District and School Board and three local unions as illegal under Wisconsin’s 2011 public-sector unionism reforms commonly referred to as Act 10.