Union Unrest

Public employee unions are protesting efforts by legislatures in several U.S. states to weaken unions by eliminating various collective bargaining measures. Protests have been largest in Wisconsin, with smaller protests in Ohio and Idaho.

Ohio Passes Stricter Union Curbs Than Wisconsin

In a state with twice as many people as Wisconsin, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was set to sign into law a bill that makes stricter curbs on government unions than the more highly visible Wisconsin law now facing legal challenges.

Police Remove Some Demonstrators from Wisconsin Capitol Building

Police physically removed more than a dozen demonstrators at an entrance to the Assembly chamber in the Wisconsin capitol building on Thursday ahead of vote in that chamber of a bill that would remove collective bargaining rights from public state employee unions.

Wisconsin governor prepares layoffs amid standoff

A frustrated Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was poised on Friday to issue layoff notices to 1,500 state workers, blaming the move on a two-week standoff over his bill to curb union collective bargaining rights.

Ohio Faster Than Wisconsin On Weakening Public Unions

Ohio is moving faster than Wisconsin to weaken public unions. Ohio's Senate voted on Wednesday to prohibit public employees from striking and to restrict certain collective bargaining rights, including negotiations on pensions and health care.

Wisconsin union charges governor with unfair labor practices

The Wisconsin State Employees Union (WSEU) accused new Republican Gov. Scott Walker of unfair labor practices for refusing to bargain in a complaint filed Monday with a state employment commission. The legal challenge comes amid a standoff between Walker and state legislative Democrats over a proposal to limit bargaining rights

Indiana Dems take Wisconsin Lead, Flee the State: Report

Indiana Democrats are imitating their Wisconsin peers and have reportedly refused to show up for a vote. Members of the state of Indiana's House of Representatives are headed to neighboring Illinois to avoid a vote anti-union legislation, according to a report.