Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

By Lisa Rein, The Washington Post

Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show.

Wisconsin Teachers Choosing to Pull Out of Unions

By Elliot Jager, NewsMax

Increasing numbers of teachers in Wisconsin are choosing not to remain union members now that they have a choice, Fox News reported. A 2011 law — unsuccessfully opposed by unions in the state Legislature, through a gubernatorial recall election, and in the courts — has resulted in a precipitous decline in enrollment.

UAW works to get members to vote

By David Shepardson, The Detroit News

The new president of the United Auto Workers is pushing to get union members and retirees to the polls on Nov. 4, spurred by Michigan’s enactment of a right-to-work law.

Perez: DOL Continues Fiduciary Redraft Outreach

Think Advisor

The Department of Labor continues to “reach out to stakeholders” regarding the redraft of its rule to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act so that DOL can “understand with granularity” what the “nature of the problem is and what the nature of various stakeholders’ concerns are” regarding the rulemaking, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez told reporters after his speech at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday.

AFT GOES ALL IN ON CALIFORNIA

By RiShawn Biddle, dropoutnation.net

This morning’s move by the American Federation of Teachers (with help from the National Education Association’s Golden State affiliate) to launch a digital ad campaign aimed at beating back surging support for Marshall Tuck in his bid to become California Superintendent is another sign of how the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union deploys cash to oppose systemic reform.

Top 10 facts on labor policy in Illinois

Illinois Policy Institute

Unions are often presented as the plucky defenders of the working man or woman, whose only interest is seeing that workers get a fair shake on the job. But in reality, unions are well financed and powerful.