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Category Archive: Anti-Corporate Campaigns

  • 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 […]

  • Dealing with Union Intimidation, Kansas Style

    Posted on Mar 24, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions in the construction and contracting sectors (especially the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners) are well-known for attempting to intimidate businesses that hire non-unionized contractors. Even though the National Labor Relations Act forbids secondary pickets (protesting against third-party businesses that deal with a non-union company), Carpenters locals and councils are permitted (under a 2010 […]

  • SEIU Corporate Campaign Gridlocks Steel City

    Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an age of unions-in-all-but-label-only “worker centers,” the traditional union brand-attack corporate campaign has fallen somewhat out of favor. Not in Pittsburgh, though: The SEIU, partnering with public relations firm Berlin Rosen—both also deeply involved in New York City’s Fast Food Forward worker center campaign—has taken to the streets to pressure the University of Pittsburgh […]