Michigan governor Rick Snyder signed a Right to Work bill into law yesterday. This new law limits union power by preventing unions from taking dues from employee paychecks. Instead, employees must voluntarily give a portion of their paycheck to the union.
Supporters of the law believes that this will lead to economic growth since employees who currently aren't union members, public or private, won't be forced to have an automatic deduction from their paycheck. However, union advocates believe that this new measure will hurt all employees economically because unions won't be able to afford to bargain for better working conditions and pay rates.
When speaking in Redford, Michigan, last week, President Obama commented, "You know, these so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics. What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
Media Resources: ABC News 12/11/12;Politico 12/11/12; Washington Post 12/11/12
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .