This report in the American Thinker makes extensive use of the State Policy Network (SPN) and the many resources available within the free market think tanks that are part of this network. Mike Stenhouse, who heads up the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, asked state officials to hold off on an SEIU election that upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings could overturn. Union operatives and their allies in the R.I. government ignored this advice and pressed ahead. But in a few months, those election results could be negated if the Court decides to restore The First Amendment to its proper station within the context of labor law. If the Court does rule this way, it would also mean the free speech advocates will no longer need to engage in legislative, political fights against mandatory union dues at the state level. Kevin Kane, president of the Pelican Institute, based in New Orleans, La., has a report that covers Gov. Bobby Jindal’s own version of “payroll protection” that encountered stiff union opposition.
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