labor unions en Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions <p></p><p>Last week we saw the closing of another Supreme Court session with landmark rulings about religious freedom, cell phone privacy, and recess appointments. But there was another decision: a 5-4 ruling that may have an impact on unions and how they operate, including right in the Kansas City area. On Tuesday's <em>Up To Date,&nbsp; </em>guest host <a href="">Brian Ellison</a> talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:54:35 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58550 at Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions Kansas Teachers Union Promises Lawsuit <p>The largest teachers union in Kansas is promising a legal challenge to part of a controversial education funding law. The legislation includes additional school funding in response to a court ruling, but lawmakers also added policy changes that angered many teachers.</p><p>The bill makes it easier to fire teachers in Kansas, by eliminating the guarantee of a due process hearing before a teacher is removed, if the teacher requests it. The KNEA says the provision was added to the bill in an improper manner.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:01:22 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57070 at Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Republican lawmakers in Missouri are again trying to pass so-called "paycheck protection" legislation that would bar some unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:17:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50746 at Fast Food Wage Protest Aims To Gain KC Momentum <p></p><p>More than a hundred people striking fast food chains brought their second one-day action in a month to&nbsp;&nbsp; Kansas City area locations.</p><p>The demands were higher pay and right to unionize without retaliation.</p><p></p><p>They carried signs but did not picket three locations and it was more a protest rally than formal strike.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:03:42 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42821 at Fast Food Wage Protest Aims To Gain KC Momentum UMWA Workers Continue Protests Against Peabody Coal <p>More than 1,000 United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Coal and its handling of their retirement and health care benefits.</p><p>St. Louis-based Peabody Coal spun off Patriot in 2007, and made it financially responsible for most retiree benefits. The rally is the first since a bankruptcy judge ruled last month that Patriot can impose sharp cuts in those benefits to get the company profitable again.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:21:43 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38716 at Is Anti-Union Rhetoric Full Of Myths? <p><strong>Anti-union rhetoric </strong>has been trumpeting out of of recent debates in Wisconsin and Michigan, but<strong> one labor activist says much of it is a myth.</strong> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Suzanne Hogan 33646 at Is Anti-Union Rhetoric Full Of Myths? Missouri House Votes To Exempt Schools From Prevailing Wage <p>The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow some school districts to exempt themselves from the prevailing wage requirement for construction and maintenance projects.&nbsp;</p><p>The sponsor, Republican Casey Guernsey of Harrison County, says it will allow rural schools in particular to be able to afford much-needed expansions and upgrades.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:44:50 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32785 at