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Should Unions Be Able to Require Membership? [Poll]

The ACLU is challenging Michigan’s “right to work” law. The statute (which does not focus on guaranteeing employment) is about labor unions. It prohibits agreements between employers and labor union officials that require employees to join a union or pay membership dues. Some argue it simply allows workers to opt out of unions. Others believe it weakens unions, taking away bargaining power for better wages and working conditions, ultimately hurting working people. Follow our Lawyers.com coverage and take our poll …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
Right to Work Law Challenged in Michigan

The ACLU is trying to dismantle a “right to work” law passed in Michigan in December, saying people were locked out of the capitol while the measure was debated.    Locked Out, Voters Go to Courthouse The lock-out violates transparency laws and invalidates the controversial bill’s passage, according to a lawsuit filed in December by the ACLU on behalf of a journalist, unions, legislators and voters. When first filed, the lawsuit forced the Michigan Legislature to open its doors back …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime by Aaron Kase  
Cops Sued for Searching Cell Phones Without a Warrant

A lawsuit headed by the ACLU of Northern California is challenging the right of police to confiscate the cell phones of people they arrest and search through them without first obtaining a warrant. The case began when activist Bob Offer-Westort was arrested while protesting an anti-camping law in San Francisco. While he was handcuffed, the arresting officer scrolled through his phone and read his text messages aloud, over Offer-Westort’s objections. That was a violation of his privacy rights and his …

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Newsbreak: Sexual Predators on Facebook and More [Video]

  Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim brings you today’s Newsbreak, an update on legal cases from around the country. Betsy reports on why the 7th Circuit struck down Indiana’s law banning sex offenders from Facebook and other social media. The Indiana ACLU represented a group convicted of sexual crimes, who had completed their sentences. The state attorney general had argued the law was to protect children from sexual predators trolling the Internet. Our Newsbreak also explains a court decision granting …

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Cameras Snap Your License Plates for Huge Databases [Video]

  The government and private companies are using automatic license plate readers (LPRs) to gather the license numbers of cars on the streets of cities and towns across the country. These gadgets snap pictures of the plates, time stamp the photos and record the GPS coordinates. You don’t even have to be a criminal suspect. You just have to drive a car. Lawyers.com journalist Ed Alpern investigates how the LPR technology is affecting your The International Association of Chiefs of …

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