December 18, 2014

Union-busting bills gain in several states

The Republican controlled Wisconsin state senate, with all Democrats still absent, passed a bill late Wednesday, March 9, stripping from public employees almost all collective bargaining rights. The vote was 18-1, with a lone Republican, Sen. Dale Schultz, voting “no.” A vote in the Republican-controlled Wisconsin House is expected Thursday. “In 30 minutes, 18 state [...]

Shipper protection bills back in Senate

Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) have reintroduced legislation this Congress that would lasso railroad pricing power. S. 49, introduced by Kohl, would repeal some of the railroads’ antitrust exemptions. S. 158, introduced by Rockefeller and co-sponsored by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, would increase the size of the U.S. Surface Transportation [...]