Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced injunctions barring two employers from enforcing “closed-shop” clauses in agreements with the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America.
In July, the state sued Deco-Akal JV, of El Paso, and Asset Protections & Security Services, LP, of Corpus Christi, for suspending or threatening to suspend employees who refused to pay union dues. The attorney general obtained the injunctions under the state’s right-to-work law, which prohibits employers from denying employment to workers who decline to join or make payments to a union.
Final note: The fight between right-to-work and union supporters may get nastier as the 2008 presidential election approaches. Unions are looking to expand their influence and are being courted by the candidates. Expect to see more congressional proposals to expand union influence as the year progresses.