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GOP Power Struggle with Unions Rages on in Midwest

Republican lawmakers in two of the states at the center of the conflict over union rights conceded a bit of ground a couple of weeks ago. But the high-stakes battle in those states and elsewhere is far from over. On Feb. 23, Republicans in the Ohio Senate agreed to rework a bill eliminating collective...

Many States Already Restrict Collective Bargaining

Twelve states have laws granting collective bargaining rights only to certain groups of workers, such as teachers or firefighters, according to a 2002 U.S. GAO report. Twelve others have no laws guaranteeing collective bargaining rights for any public workers. But those numbers may rise soon. Fifteen...

'Referendum' on Union Rights Still Too Close to Call in WI

A new front opened last Tuesday in Wisconsin's month-long battle over union rights, which moved to the courts two weeks ago. (See Battle Over Union Power in WI Shifts to Courts ) The state held an election for Supreme Court justice, which pit Democrat-backed challenger Assistant Attorney General...