Keystone XL Pipeline Update

Keystone XL Pipeline is not a sure thing. White House staff and our new Secretary of State are not inclined to support the project.

Environmental groups are poised to take the momentum from a KXL victory to fight Hydraulic Fracturing, Bakken development, Enbridge expansions, sand mining and virtually every infrastructure project relating to the oil and natural gas industry.

Contact the White House and voice your support for Keystone XL!
Phone: (202) 456-1414
e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

RTW – Taking aim at Michigan’s middle class

(From the New York Times one day prior to the Michigan vote on the issue)

The decline of the middle class in this country has paralleled that of the labor movement, which has been battered by the relentless efforts of business groups and Republicans to drive down wages, boost corporate profits and inflate executive salaries and bonuses.

On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Legislature is expected to pass a law (which it did) that would allow workers to avoid paying dues to a union that represents their shop.

Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, has reversed an earlier position and said he would sign the law (which he did).

These measures are misleadingly known as “right-to-work” laws. Concern for the rights of individual workers is not the real reason business is pushing so hard. Gutting unions is the fastest way to achieve lower wages and higher profits.

A study by the University of Notre Dame in January found that the average wages and benefits for nonfarm workers in right-to-work states was $57,732, while in states without the law it was $65,567.

States with anti-dues laws have higher rates of poverty and lower rates of health coverage.

At a diesel plant in Michigan just prior to the vote, President Obama said, “These so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws, they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.”


There is a renewed business interest in a technique used to destroy unions that is taking place in our state. It is called “Right-to-Work” and “Workplace Freedom Act.” The two phrases mean the same thing. These proposed laws intend to outlaw union security clauses in all union contracts. This would mean union dues are voluntary, but a person still receives the wages, conditions and representation without paying a dime in union dues.

At first this sounds good, but we all know that any organization cannot continue to function without appropriate funding. If you want to derive the benefits from an organization, you need to pay the required dues or membership fee.

Compare the consequences of not paying your fees to the local YMCA, Costco, Sam’s Club or dues to AAA. When you do not pay, you do not receive any services or discounts. In this society, one of the things that makes it productive and so great is that we all support our country by paying for it through taxes.

The only thing that keeps wages and conditions going is their place in your union contracts. Without a contract, everything is one-sided, dictated by your employer.

You will see as you learn more, this Right-to-Work and Workplace Freedom Act will poison you and your children’s future. Please educate your family and friends of the danger this proposed law presents to the workers of this state.

Protect Ohio’s Middle Class



As you have read in our recent Buckeye Engineer articles, Local 18 is now actively involved in FIGHTING the Right to Work / Workplace Freedom Act here in Ohio.

After our first meeting with several Building and Trades Union representatives and the Communications Workers of American (CWA) Local 4340 we are on our way to building a coalition of unions that is willing to get the ball rolling and STOP this union busting tactic.

We will keep you updated on our activities in the fight against the Right-to-Work / Workplace Freedom Act and how you can help, so stay in touch.


Recently the Communication Workers, CWA Local 4340, informed us that Senate Bill 271 could adversely affect our membership and retirees.

SB-271, if passed, will allow telecommunications companies to do away with your “land line.” For some of us that is not a problem, but for many of our members in rural areas and our retirees their home land line phone is a complete necessity!

So please join with us and WRITE, CALL OR EMAIL your State Senator or House Representative and tell them to VOTE NO on SB-271.

To find your senator or representative, click here.

Thank you for your interest and involvement in these current issues.