Some other interesting stuff around the nation

2018 isn’t just about midterms. It’s also the year of labor lawsuits. I thought you might be interested in an excerpt from last week’s edition of our Union Station newsletter, the one-stop-shop for staying on top of public sector union policy news throughout the country.

Here’s just a sampling of what I learned from our team:

Noteworthy legislation:

Illinois HB4742: This bill would prohibit a school district from using a recruiting firm to hire substitute teachers in the event of a teachers’ strike. This bill would also permit a substitute teacher recruiting firm to enter into an agreement with a labor organization that has a collective bargaining agreement with a school district.
On Aug. 13, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed this bill into law.

Noteworthy court cases:

On June 27, the National Right to Work Foundation attached a new court filing to an existing class-action lawsuit, Hamidi et al. v. SEIU Local 1000, which asked that a federal appeals court order SEIU Local 1000 to refund approximately $100 million paid to the union in agency fees.

Rolling Stone:

“As of this writing, Trump has put 26 new judges onto the appellate courts, more than any other chief executive at this point in the presidency. He has also nominated over 100 district-court judges and gotten 26 of those picks confirmed. These judges are overwhelmingly young, ideological and now set to serve lifetime appointments. And then, of course, there’s Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first pick for the Supreme Court, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s second Supreme Court nominee, who stands a strong chance of confirmation.”

Getting together to do a national We’re-Not-The-Enemy-Of-The-People Day might not play to the strengths of an independent press [Jack ShaferNew York Post on why it did join, and L.A. Times on why it didn’t] Kevin Williamson wishes that many in the institutional press were more than just fair-weather friends of free speech values [NRO]

““Racial Ridicule” Is a Crime in Connecticut — and People Are Being Prosecuted” [Eugene Volokh]

And from the Real Left:

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a new scheme to impose employee co-determination and an assortment of other forcible corporate governance alterations on American business.

In Walter Olson’s post, he rightly argues that it would expropriate huge sums in shareholder value while undercutting incentives for economic dynamism. Alternatives to the U.S. corporate governance system, “European or otherwise, simply do not have as good a track record of supporting a dynamic economy that generates world-beating enterprises across a wide range of business sectors.” Other views: Donald Boudreaux (“deeply truly scary”), Matt Yglesias/Vox (taking favorable view of scheme, including its destruction of perhaps 25 percent of current shareholder value).

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