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Category Archive: Anti-Corporate Campaigns

  • Wage Hike not Good Enough When the Goal Is a Union

    Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this week, Wal-Mart issued a directive raising base pay at the company’s stores to $9 per hour for new hires and $10 per hour for current employees. If the complaints of the “Organization United for Respect At Walmart” (OUR Walmart) were really about the company’s pay being too low, you might expect at least […]

  • An NPR ‘Miss’ On Labor Unions and the Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    A recent National Public Radio (NPR) report looked curiously at the phenomenon of unions pushing for radical minimum wage increases (including in some cases a more-than-doubling of the current minimums). Correspondent Ben Bergman notes that few workers who make the minimum are unionized, and he asks what unions stand to gain from their campaigns. We […]

  • UFCW’s Wal-Mart Stunts Find and Fool Few

    Posted on Dec 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Being knowledgeable observers of America’s labor movement, the Center for Union Facts staff was well aware that Thanksgiving weekend shopping might be disrupted by highly orchestrated union-led protests against major retailers. For the third year running, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), its subsidiary front group OUR Walmart, and its coordinating P.R. shop Berlin […]

  • Judge Calls Out NLRB Pro-Union Partisanship

    Posted on Sep 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—the federal agency set up to referee and investigate disputes between employers and labor unions—has taken a severe turn from neutral arbiter to pro-union advocate under President Obama. It’s so bad that a federal judge recently took notice, writing in a ruling that a recent NLRB document request “arguably moves […]

  • Union Hack Does Union Bidding at NLRB

    Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel’s office gave a boost to the SEIU’s $15 million-plus effort to unionize the fast food industry by backing SEIU’s outrageous legal theory on franchisees. On the one hand, it shouldn’t be surprising: General Counsel Richard Griffin is the controversial former general counsel of the International Union of […]

  • Postal Unions Choose Status Quo over Customer-Friendly Reforms

    Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United States Postal Service (USPS), like many unionized organizations, loses money hand-over-fist and is saddled with unsustainable labor costs. In an effort to increase usage of USPS services and lower labor costs, the Postal Service is placing self-service kiosks in Staples stores. It’s a win for customers and taxpayers: Who could have a problem […]

  • Media Searches for Wal-Mart Strikers, Finds Few

    Posted on Jun 05, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With Wal-Mart’s shareholder meeting coming up at the end of the week, the United Food and Commercial Workers’ in-house front group OUR Walmart is trying to rally its flagging campaign to either organize the retailer or drive up the retailer’s costs to make union shops more competitive. But it doesn’t look like the media is […]

  • Protecting Employee Rights against SEIU

    Posted on May 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The SEIU has made no bones about its intention to organize staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) by any means necessary. We noted how SEIU protestors—with the help of Berlin Rosen, the PR firm running SEIU’s fast food campaign and UFCW’s OUR Walmart—shut down Pittsburgh city traffic at rush hour in their […]