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What Will Happen to Friedrichs V CTA Now?

After news broke of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death, the conversation very quickly turned to the implications for the court, from who would take his place and how difficult the Senate will make Obama’s job in replacing him, to what would happen to the cases that were still being deliberated. One weighing heavily on our minds is Friedrichs V CTA, the case that might nationalize the Right to Work law in the public sector, dealing a huge blow to unions. Even if Scalia cast his vote, his death will make it void. The court was expected to vote 5-4 against unions but now the vote will likely be tied, which means that the lower court ruling which sided with the California Teachers Association, will be upheld.

New Report Reveals State Economic Development Plans Might Miss The Mark

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzes data on how new jobs are created in the United States. It also seeks to address the misconceptions that states have about healthy job growth that inevitably leads their state economic growth plans to fail. 87% of new jobs are “home grown,” meaning that they are coming from companies that are already established in a state or from a new start-up, not from businesses opening new branches of established companies opening up shop. In fact, when the economy is healthy new start ups are the best way to create more jobs. This makes a new kind of sense because when we hear politicians talking about job growth and development, they are usually trying to persuade people that a new grocery store or department store is good for the community’s economy and people.

Miller Coors Closing Brewery In North Carolina

The Teamsters are appealing to beer drinkers to push back against the closing of a brewery in Eden, North Carolina. This closure will cost the state 500 good jobs and a profitable business. North Carolina is a state with low union membership, so this is a blow to labor strength here. Teamsters president Jim Hoffa pointed out that this means trouble for consumers as well, because it is a part of the company’s plan to pull back on manufacturing and distribution in the U.S.