New Mexico anti-right-to-work bill signed into law

In a win for labor, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 85 into law, prohibiting counties and other local entities from enacting their own right-to-work laws. Sponsored by Democratic Reps. Daymon Ely and Andrea Romero, the bill-turned-law invalidates right-to-work resolutions passed in 10 counties and one village. “The passage of HB 85 […]

Time to mobilize against Ohio Right to Work for Less bill

Ohio Assistant State Legislative Director Ralph Leichliter sent along a notice that the Ohio House of Representatives is going to begin discussions Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Columbus about H.B. 53 — yet another attempt in the Buckeye State to get Right to Work for Less legislation passed. Leichliter says that this bill aims to destroy […]

Election Day 2018

This is an important year for the direction of our country, and as we do on the roads and on the rails of these great United States, SMART Transportation Division will lead the way. With your vote comes the chance to shape where the future of the transportation industry will go by selecting those candidates […]

TD Hollywood, Fla. Regional Meeting, Day 3: Risch encouraged by Missouri labor victory, close race in Ohio

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The results of Tuesday’s elections, while not the absolute best-case scenario for labor, indicated that voters might be ready to end the one-party majority in the federal government in three months’ time, said SMART Transportation Division National Legislative Director John Risch at the opening session of the last day of the 2018 […]

Missouri voters overwhelmingly reject Right to Work

Missouri voters voted decisively on Tuesday, August 7 when they overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work (for less) law that would have divided work forces and limited the freedom to negotiate in private-sector workplaces. Unions gathered enough signatures to send the question to voters. This comes after then-Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, signed a Republican-backed right-to-work bill that […]

TD Hollywood, Fla., Regional Meeting, Day 2: General Counsel Brodar talks about Janus’ blatant attack on unions HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — SMART Transportation Division General Counsel Kevin Brodar minced no words Tuesday, Aug. 7, when describing the 5-4 Janus v. AFSCME decision written by United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that was released this summer. “His hate and loathing — and that’s being kind — for unions and working people drips […]

Right to Work for Less stopped in Colorado

SMART Transportation Division Colorado State Legislative Director Carl Smith reports that efforts by some state legislators to advance a Right to Work For Less bill were stopped in committee. By a 6-3 vote, members of the state House’s Colorado House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted to postpone the bill indefinitely, effectively killing it. […]

Ohio reps seek to change Ohio constitution to include right-to-work laws

CBS affiliate WKBN reports that two Republican Ohio lawmakers want to try once again to make Ohio a right-to-work state. Representatives John Becker (Dist. 65) and Craig Reiden (Dist. 82) are proposing six different right-to-work measures for the 2020 ballot. This comes just seven years after Senate Bill 5 (S.B. 5), another right-to-work measure, was […]

COLORADO MEMBERS: Your testimony is needed to fight Right to Work For Less bill

SMART Transportation Division Colorado State Legislative Director Carl Smith reports that legislators in his state are again considering a Right to Work For Less bill. This is the second time in two years that politicians are attempting to undermine the right to union representation in that state, Smith said. The bill, this time known as […]

Ohio SLB explains on ‘The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio’ why Right-to-Work is Wrong

The SMART TD Ohio State Legislative Board’s Director Stuart Gardner and Assistant Director Ralph Leichliter went on The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio to explain to listeners why Right-to-Work is Wrong not just for Ohioans, but for all working families. Click here to listen to a podcast of the interview. If you live in Ohio, […]