@LRToday Morning Round-Up: April 20, 2012

"Daniels talks unions to local Republicans as thousands protest outside"The Daily Illini

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Champaign on Thursday. The Republican governor made Indiana one of the most recent states to adopt “Right to Work” legislation, earning Daniels admiration from the Champaign County Republicans and galvanizing about 5,000 union supporters to protest his arrival in Champaign. Illinois is now sandwiched between two Right to Work states, Indiana and Iowa.

Right to Work laws prohibit union security agreements, which prevent established unions from requiring membership and payment of dues.

"USW Members at Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery Join Three Other Sites in Authorizing Their Bargaining Committee to Call a Strike"MarketWatch

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675 members from the Tesoro Wilmington (Los Angeles), Calif., refinery overwhelmingly voted to authorize their bargaining committee to call for a strike if a settlement cannot be reached with Tesoro. This location joins the Tesoro refineries in Martinez, Calif., Anacortes, Wash., and Mandan, N. Dakota in sanctioning a strike if one is called.

The local union’s contract with the company expires April 30 and covers over 200 operations and maintenance personnel at the 94,300 barrels-per-day refinery. The strike authorization vote took place April 17-18.

"RILA Issues First-Ever Key Vote"National Journal

The Retail Industry Leaders Association will compile a legislative scorecard for the first time this year. It issued on Thursday its first-ever key vote alert in support of a Senate resolution disapproving of a National Labor Relations Board rule that shortened the required time between when a union election is announced and when it is held, which opponents call "ambush elections."

"Leaders of union seek rejection of Lockheed contract for Fort Worth plant"Star-Telegram

Leaders of the Machinists’ union that represents workers at Lockheed Martin’s plant in west Fort Worth say they will urge members to reject the company’s final proposal for a new three-year labor contract and vote to go on strike.

The union has scheduled a membership meeting for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cowtown Coliseum to vote on Lockheed’s "last, best" contract offer, which the company presented Thursday afternoon.

"Teamsters Local 175 back at work following Coca-Cola strike"Bluefield Daily Telegraph

A union strike that started Thursday ended the same day after its leaders reached an agreement with a soft drink bottling company.

By late afternoon, Teamsters Local 175 and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated (CCBCC) had settled a strike that had started earlier that morning. Local 175 members at the CCBCC facilities in Charleston and Logan had gone on strike that morning to protest what they said was the company’s failure to abide by a collective bargaining agreement.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/04/19/3898313/leaders-of-union-seek-rejection.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/04/19/3898313/leaders-of-union-seek-rejection.html#storylink=cpy