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Category Archive: Anti-Corporate Campaigns

  • 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 […]

  • New SEIU Demonstrations Betray Electoral Motives

    Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), backed by the “workers organizing committees” and worker centers that it funds, are demonstrating against fast-food restaurants they hope to organize today. And while in the past the SEIU wanted to appear at least somewhat distant from the demonstrations the union has funded to the tune of $50 million, […]

  • OUR Walmart fights…OUR Walmart?

    Posted on Sep 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We noted reports from a few months ago that the United Food and Commercial Workers’ front group OUR Walmart might be dead, with the union cutting off at least some of its financial support. Those reports apparently weren’t the full story—the full story is even more entertaining. Apparently, the People’s Front of Judea and the […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2015

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, the AFL-CIO released its annual report that claims to compare how much average employees make compared to business chief executives. The union federation alleged that CEOs make over 300 times what the “average worker” makes. Mark Perry at the American Enterprise Institute, among others, has chronicled the numerous flaws with this argument. Unions […]

  • Unions Paid This Website $504,000. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In late 2013 and early 2014, the Internet suffered a plague of psychologically tested headlines (similar to the one in this post title), unleashed on an unsuspecting public by a “viral content” site, Upworthy. And while changes to the Facebook algorithm have reduced the site’s ability to jackhammer vapid memes into people’s heads, the site […]

  • SEIU’s Astroturf Industry Grows

    Posted on Apr 15, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Service Employees International Union and its “worker center” front groups, led by political consultancy Berlin Rosen, will stage various media stunts claiming to be “strikes” against fast food restaurants. If we sound like a broken record, it’s because the SEIU, the worker centers, and Berlin Rosen have  pulled stunts like this roughly […]