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  • The IAM’s Latest Boeing Blunder

    Posted on Feb 23, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The International Association of Machinists (IAM) once again failed to unionize Boeing’s plant in South Carolina. With a 94 percent turnout rate, Boeing employees overwhelmingly rejected the IAM’s proposal for union representation, as 74 percent of workers voted against it. The final tally was 2,097 out of 2,828 votes against the union. The devastating loss comes on the heels […]

  • SEIU’s 2017 Resolution: Waste Less Money

    Posted on Jan 09, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    With a new administration coming in January, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) thinks the sky is falling. The memo comes from the union’s top leadership. In SEIU President Mary Kay Henry’s words: “Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of […]

  • The Fight for $15’s Three Dumbest Predictions

    Posted on Dec 28, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Heading into a new year of protests and general unruliness, the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Fight for $15 has produced plenty of predictions that hold no water now. Here are the three dumbest forecasts: Workers will flock to the SEIU. In orchestrating the Fight for $15, the SEIU’s primary goal—aside from a $15 an hour minimum wage—is to increase its membership rolls […]

  • In-N-Out Learns a Lesson on Taking the “High Road”

    Posted on Jul 15, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you’ve ever been to an In-N-Out, you’ll know that the company’s distinct style consists of two colors: Red and white. From the employee uniforms to the paper to-go bags all the way down to the bathroom tiles, everything is similar. No longer. This month, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that […]

  • Desperate Unions Resort to…Inflatable Rats?

    Posted on Jun 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In America’s largest cities, developers are turning to nonunion labor for residential, commercial, and institutional construction projects. Sounds harmless, right? Big Labor doesn’t think so. “It’s putting profits before people,” claims Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. (Meanwhile, New York construction unions are notorious for paying black employees less than their […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2016

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO releases an annual “Executive PayWatch” report, purporting to show that CEOS are raking in stupid money while employees get peanuts. The statistical gymnastics that the union federation uses to claim CEOs are making 335 times what the “average worker” makes are extreme, as the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry (among others) has explained in detail. […]

  • SEIU Fights for $15…and a Union?

    Posted on May 06, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has long puppeteered the push for a $15 minimum wage. As we’ve noted before, the SEIU has spent as much as $80 million on the Fight for $15 since the campaign began in 2012. But the SEIU’s fight is for “$15 and a union.” That second part is key: The union’s end […]

  • SEIU Looks for Return on its Fast Food Investment

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released its annual Department of Labor disclosures showing a discouraging trend for the union: While it continued to throw money at its multi-million dollar campaign to organize fast food restaurants, membership isn’t increasing notably. The union will continue to throw good money after bad with another […]