MADISON, Wisc.—Wisconsin’s Assembly passed a bill Mar. 22 prohibiting local governments from adopting labor regulations stronger than the state’s, and Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign it.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—The Illinois Supreme Court said Mar. 22 that it would not hear Gov. Bruce Rauner’s appeal of a lower-court decision that said it couldn’t legally continue withholding step-pay increases from state workers.
OAKLAND, Calif.—The coalition of 34 unions at the Kaiser Permanente health-care network fractured Mar. 26, as 21 locals announced they were leaving the day before contract talks were to start.
TEXARKANA, Tex.—The International Association of Machinists and its federal-employee affiliate are urging Congress to stop the planned layoff of about 570 workers at the Red River Army Depot scheduled for May.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The Communications Workers of America announced it reached a tentative contract agreement that will end the three-week strike at Frontier Communications Mar. 25. The union did not give specific details about the deal, but said it will protect jobs in West Virginia and Ashburn, Va. The 1,400 strikers will return to work Mar. 28.
WASHINGTON—The Teamsters Union urged stronger restrictions on self-driving vehicles after an automated SUV being tested by Uber killed a woman in Arizona Mar. 18. “Steps must be taken to avoid these situations in the future,” the union said in a statement Mar. 19.
WASHINGTON—The National Labor Relations Board may be looking for a way to reverse its 2014 decision that worker have the right to use an employer’s email system for union organizing.
HAMDEN, Conn.—Workers at Porcelen Specrail have been out on strike since their contract extension expired Mar. 1 and the company threatened to fire immigrant workers who it claimed had irregular identification.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia—With the provincial government considering a move to enable workers to unionize by card check, a coalition of 13 business groups are urging it to continue requiring a vote by secret ballot.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—The Republican-controlled Missouri House voted 89-63 to repeal the state’s prevailing-wage law Mar. 13. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Justus (R-Branson), would instead require contractors on public-works projects to pay the state minimum wage. Justus didn’t disagree when Rep.