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Gov. Walker Signs Bill Making Wisconsin Right-to-Work State

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Wisconsin is moving toward freedom and away from the death grip of the union thugs.

In spite of what the union thugs claim right to work  will benefit the middle class workers.

 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.

Walker, a likely presidential candidate fresh on a weekend visit to Iowa, signed the right-to-work bill affecting private-sector workers at an invitation-only ceremony at Badger Meter north of Milwaukee. The company’s president was one of the few business owners who publicly supported the measure, which rocketed through the Legislature in less than two weeks.

His sleeves rolled up and his suit jacket off, the Republican governor sat at a table with a banner that said “Freedom to Work” as he signed the bill that makes it a misdemeanor to require workers to pay unions dues.

Just before the signing, Walker said the new law “sends a powerful message across the country and around the world.”

Supporters have argued the law will help keep and attract new businesses to the state who were wary to spend in Wisconsin before. But opponents say it will drive down wages and make the workplace less safe.

“By signing Right to Work into law, Gov. Walker continues his crusade on the hard-working, middle-class families of Wisconsin,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO in a prepared statement.

A coalition of more than 400 businesses formed to oppose the bill and upward of 3,000 union members and others gathered at the Capitol in a failed attempt to block its passage.

Walker was surrounded Monday by Republican lawmakers who shepherded the bill through the process, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Representatives from the state chamber of commerce, along with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, were also on hand.

“This is one more big tool to help places like Badger Meter, when they can put jobs anywhere around the world, they can put them in Wisconsin,” Walker said.

Badger Meter’s chief executive and chairman Rich Meeusen said because of the law the company will place a $2.5 million piece of new water control equipment at the Brown Deer facility and that will lead to 30 to 50 new manufacturing jobs in the state.

Walker left without taking questions.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state and the first to do it since Michigan and Indiana in 2012. Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, said the action now puts pressure on other Midwest states to follow suit.

“Every worker deserves freedom of choice when it comes to union membership and dues payment, and if states like Michigan and Wisconsin can pass Right to Work then Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio can too,” Mix said in a statement.

Walker signed the bill after spending the weekend in Iowa with other Republican presidential prospects at an agriculture summit. Walker heads to New Hampshire this on Saturday where he’ll give the keynote speech at a state Republican Party event.

 

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Happy Holidays, From OPEC: Will Gas Drop to $2?

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Where would gas prices be if we were drilling in Anwar and the Keystone XL Pipeline was built?

 

Holiday travelers are getting a nice gift this year with gasoline prices well below $3 a gallon in most states. Some drivers could pay even less than $2 this week after OPEC’s decision to stand still ignited a big selloff in oil.

GasBuddy.com is projecting that by the end of the week a gas station in Texas or South Carolina will be the first in the U.S. to drop its price for regular gas to $1.99 a gallon.

“Even a week ago, I would have said no way,” Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, said when asked whether $2 gas comes as a surprise. “What a gift from OPEC. It’s the perfect time of year for this to happen.”

Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said its members will keep oil production at current levels. Many industry experts expected the cartel to slash production amid a deep slide in oil prices, which hit five-year lows following the announcement.

Oil has rapidly retreated over the last five months, as traders have grown increasingly worried that global supplies are exceeding demand. All eyes are on surging production in the U.S., where drillers are capitalizing on hard-to-reach shale oil.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil rebounded $2.39, or 3.6%, to $68.54 a barrel in recent trading Monday. WTI for January delivery tumbled as low as $63.72 a barrel.

Slumping oil prices have provided relief at gas pumps across the country. According to GasBuddy, the national average was approximately $2.76 a gallon Monday morning, down 24 cents versus last month and 52 cents year-over-year.

That means big savings for motorists, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Americans are spending $200 million less on gas every day compared to last year.

DeHaan initially believed gas prices would fall to an average of $2.85 a gallon by Christmas, but the market’s volatile response to the OPEC news was a game-changer. Now he’s forecasting gas in the $2.50s.

About 12% of U.S. gas stations already charge less than $2.50 a gallon. More than a third of stations will be under $2.50 by Christmas, DeHaan said, and he characterized his estimate as conservative.

Drivers who live near the Gulf of Mexico, or in states with lower gas taxes, are more likely to see prices of $2.50 or less by the end of the year. But the chances of a nationwide drop to $2 a gallon remain slim. DeHaan noted that $2 gas will be available at isolated stations, while the national average won’t drop below $2 unless oil prices breach $60 a gallon.

“These sudden plunges in oil are very worrisome because it suggests the market is in a panic mode. A gradual decline is much more likely to last than a brief plunge,” he explained.

UAW Withdraws Objection To Lost Election At VW Tennessee Plant

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What underhanded move will the union thugs try next?

 

 

 

The United Auto Workers union said Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of February’s defeat at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, saying it pulled its challenge because the process could have dragged on for years.

The union had appealed the high-profile vote to the National Labor Relations Board arguing that “a firestorm of interference from politicians and special interest groups” had played a central role in causing workers to vote against the union.

Workers at the plant narrowly voted against having the union represent them in labor negotiations, a move seen as a devastating blow for the UAW and the U.S. labor movement in general.

In a statement, the UAW said the decision was made “in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga.”

The union’s announcement came on the same day an NLRB  hearing was scheduled in Chattanooga to address the union’s allegations.

UAW President Bob King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s “historically dysfunctional and complex process” potentially could drag on for months or even years

The union didn’t back away from its original allegations of interference by powerful political figures in Tennessee.

“The unprecedented political interference by Gov. (Bill) Haslam, Sen. (Bob) Corker and others was a distraction for Volkswagen employees and a detour from achieving Tennessee’s economic priorities,” King said. “The UAW is ready to put February’s tainted election in the rearview mirror and instead focus on advocating for new jobs and economic investment in Chattanooga.”

Corker, a former mayor of Chattanooga, was outspoken in his opposition of the union and publicly cheered when the union was defeated.

Corker released a statement Monday saying, “This 11th hour reversal by the UAW affirms what we have said all along — that their objection was nothing more than a sideshow to draw attention away from their stinging loss in Chattanooga.”

According to the UAW”s complaint filed in February, threats were made by elected officials in Tennessee to withhold certain state-financed incentives if workers voted in favor of brining in the UAW.

In a Feb 12-14 election workers voted 712-to-626 against allowing the UAW to represent them.

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