Top-shelf workers, students left behind by new immigration rules: lawyers – CTV News

CTV NewsTop-shelf workers, students left behind by new immigration rules: lawyersCTV NewsCanada's new permanent residence application system will discourage top-level professionals and other highly skilled workers from coming to this country unless changes are made soon, immigration lawyers warn. The new Express Entry program, which …and more »

Right-Wing Media Discover A Lawless Executive Order They Support — It's Anti-Union, Of Course (Mediamatters)

Right-wing media are celebrating Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R-IL) executive order blocking public-sector unions from collecting "fair share" fees from the state employees they represent, even though there is no precedent for such a move. _National Review_ and _The Wall Street Journal_ are praising Rauner for "thinking creatively" by effectively turning Illinois into a "right-to-work" state without legislative approval, even though those same outlets have criticized President Obama for issuing lawful executive orders without Republican input.
Rauner's order specifically targets "fair share" dues that nonmembers in unionized workplaces pay to cover the cost of union representation for their collective bargaining agreements. Illinois law already prohibits fair share fees (as opposed to full membership dues) from being used to fund union political activities, but Rauner nevertheless issued his executive order and wrongly claimed that "an employee who is forced to pay unfair share dues is being forced to fund political activity with which they disagree." A number of states have passed "right-to-work" laws that target these kinds of dues with the express purpose of weakening the bargaining power of unions. But Rauner saved himself some time by ignoring decades of Supreme Court labor-law precedent and imposing the "right-to-work" standard on …


Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona's Immigration Law

Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. Court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.