IAM Eyes Alabama Airbus Plant: George Talbot of Alabama Live writes that the International Association of Machinists says that it will seek to organize the aircraft assembly plant Airbus plans to construct in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant is set to begin next year with production starting in 2016.
Unions Fight Back Against Scranton: The Washington Post carries an Associated Press article regarding Scranton, Pennsylvania’s fiscal crisis in which the mayor slashed workers’ pay to minimum wage. The unions representing firefighters, police and public-works employees filed a pair of federal lawsuits against the mayor alleging violations of labor law and due-process rights.
Unions object to Right-to-Work Rules: Dan Carden of nwitimes.com writes that Indiana labor leaders have moved their challenge of the state’s new right-to-work law to a new forum. Specifically, they are objecting to rules needed to implement the state’s right-to-work law.
The proposed rules set up procedures the Indiana Department of Labor would follow if an employee claimed he or she was forced to pay dues or fees to a labor union as a condition of employment. No complaints have been received since the law banning such payments took effect March 14.
The labor commissioner can revise the proposed rules, and Gov. Mitch Daniels must approve them before they can take effect.