Mayor Mitch Landrieu has requested limited removal of seniority privileges from consideration in city lay-offs, and the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union is unimpressed.
New report gives Louisiana an “F” for human capital – a measure of the labor force’s education and skills – for a third year in a row.
Rep. Tony Ligi made every effort to pass legislation that would allow for greater public scrutiny of collective bargaining agreements between union officials and government agencies. His efforts fell short this time around but they have attracted national attention and will be revisited in Louisiana.
Despite higher job numbers, Louisiana’s unemployment rate increased by 12 percent from May 2010 to May 2011. Louisianians are also staying on unemployment insurance longer.
Only four members of Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted against legislation that blocks state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on construction projects. The bill also passed the Senate with bipartisan support. PLAs locked out non-union construction shops from the bidding process, industry representatives have argued.
The American Enterprise Institute has released a working paper stating the federal compensation premium compared to private compensation is approximately 61 percent.
Rep. Tony Ligi (R-Metaire) continues to fight for transparency in collective bargaining agreements. His legislation was “involuntarily deferred” in the House earlier this month but has been reloaded into amendment the Senate Education Committee will consider today.
Legislation that would preclude state government officials from mandating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on construction projects is scheduled for a vote today in the House. PLAS have been criticized for favoring union over non-union shops.
Rep. Toni Ligi’s attempt to bring greater openness and transparency to the collective bargaining process will have to wait at least one more year. His bill failed in a House committee by just one vote.
Rep. Ledricka Thierry (D – St. Landry) wants to impose fines on any person who performs plumbing without a license, thus increasing the regulatory burden on Louisiana’s workers.