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West Virginia teachers demonstrate for a pay increase.

Friday’s massive demonstration by Kentucky teachers was just the latest in a series of walkouts, protests and pickets by teachers in four states from West Virginia to Arizona. Glynis Board reports on what the unrest among teachers could mean for schools, for labor, and for upcoming elections.

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House Republicans have advanced two bills targeting labor unions in Kentucky. A House committee approved bills Wednesday that would ban mandatory labor union membership and repeal the state's prevailing wage law. 

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Nearly three dozen Illinois legislators from both parties are asking Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to resume contract negotiations with the state's largest public-employee union. 

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A federal appeals court has validated Hardin County’s right-to-work law, which prohibits companies from requiring workers to pay union dues. The order reverses a lower court ruling.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall. 

  A ruling is imminent in a federal lawsuit that will determine whether Kentucky counties are allowed to pass local right-to-work laws.

  To date, Kentucky supporters of right-to-work laws have run into multiple roadblocks — namely, the Democratic-controlled House and a Democratic governor.

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With help from federal mediators, Honeywell Metropolis and the United Steelworkers Local 7-669 have reached a tentative settlement that could end a work stoppage that began last August.

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After Republicans failed to take control of the Kentucky House of Representatives in November’s election, five counties have now passed local right-to-work ordinances in the face of grim prospects in Frankfort. But Attorney General Jack Conway says the ordinances don’t have legal standing and the Kentucky AFL-CIO president says litigation is coming.

The head of Tennessee’s largest teachers' union said she expects her board to take an official position against proposals that would allow teachers to carry guns. 

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