Midwest Memo: Right To Work Has Support In Ohio, Frontier Cuts In Milwaukee And An Industrial Giant Presses On

Right to Support A poll by Quinnipiac University finds strong support for creating a Right to Work law in Ohio. Frontier cuts Frontier Airlines is cutting 450 jobs in the Milwaukee area. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports just two years ago, the carrier promised to double its workforce in the city. Demolition details Ohio is …

Starting Tomorrow: STATES, A Series on Life After New Governors

It’s been a year since new Republican governors were elected in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. We all know the headlines. Wisconsin and Ohio were wracked with union protests over efforts to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Michigan enacted a strict new law giving enormous powers to emergency managers, including the one that …

Indiana’s Governor Backs Right to Work Effort; Will Other Midwest States Follow?

For years, Indiana’s Republican governor, Mitch Daniels, has resisted efforts by fellow Republican lawmakers to implement Right to Work legislation. But now, Daniels is making a Right to Work law one of his legislative priorities for 2012. Right to Work laws mean employees do not have to join a union, if it is formed in …

Midwest Memo: Indiana Republicans Will Introduce Right-To-Work Legislation, Wisconsin And Ohio Add Jobs

Three stories making news across the Midwest today: 1. Wisconsin shipbuilder adds jobs. A northeast Wisconsin shipbuilder plans to double its workforce over the next 18 months after winning a contract with the U.S. Navy, according to our partner station WBEZ. Marinette Marine, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, will add 1,100 more employees …

Midwest Memo: Google Causes Groupon Angst, Cain Campaigns In Michigan, Tea Party Seeks Ohio Right-To-Work Push

Three stories making news across the Midwest today: 1. More complaints about Groupon. Some merchants have already swore off Groupon after they wound up losing money – or in some cases, their businesses – by running promotions with the Chicago-based company. Now comes another gripe. Merchants tell The Wall Street Journal that Groupon collects money …

John Kasich And Ohio Republicans Prepare For Issue 2 Defeat And Aftermath

On the night before a statewide referendum on his signature accomplishment to date, Ohio governor John Kasich spoke to a friendly Tea Party audience of approximately 300 members in northeast Columbus. He didn’t mention Issue 2 or SB5 until the final two minutes of his hour-long speech. Although pollsters have predicted voters would repeal the …

Ohio’s Issue 2: A Roundup Of Ongoing Election Day Coverage

Across Ohio, voters are headed to the polls today to determine the fate of Issue 2, a referendum on a controversial state law that limits the collective-bargaining rights of public employees. Here’s a roundup of ongoing coverage of the vote on Issue 2 from around the Buckeye State: From The Columbus Dispatch: Issue 2 is …

Midwest Memo: Illinois Gov. Refuses to Create ‘Las Vegas of the Midwest;’ Ohio Democrats Push Redistricting Referendum

Three stories making news across the Midwest today: 1. Illinois Gov. rejects big gambling. After months of more subtle indications he would not sign a sweeping bill that opens Illinois to 14 new casinos, Gov. Pat Quinn made his position official with a blunt statement Monday. “I’m the final word,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. …

Midwest Memo: UAW Contract With GM Nears Approval, SB5 Opponents Link Ohio Law to Jim Crow

Three stories making news across the Midwest today: 1. UAW contract with GM nears approval. Late Tuesday night, it appeared members of the United Auto Workers had inched closer to ratifying a four-year contract agreement with General Motors. As voting neared a close, at least 18 major locals supported the deal while three had opposed …