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  • 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 […]

  • Teachers Unions’ Political Money Making Members Miffed

    Posted on Apr 13, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted that in past elections, roughly 40 percent of union households have tended to vote Republican while 90 percent of union political go to Democrats or left-wing causes. Now, some union Democrats are learning why that system is fundamentally unfair: They and their union bosses don’t like the same candidate either. Union leaders like […]

  • Philadelphia NLRB Regional Director Suspended After Conflict-of-Interest Allegations

    Posted on Apr 06, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Labor Relations Board—the supposed “referee” interpreting and applying labor law—is hardly impartial, given its tradition of overturning precedent in order to pay favors to labor union bosses. But usually, appointees at least pretend to impartiality, resigning their positions with the SEIU, AFL-CIO, or the International Union of Operating Engineers (a local of which […]

  • SEIU Bigwigs Ask Where the New Members Are

    Posted on Apr 04, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since 2012, the Service Employees International Union has been following an approach to stalling the decline of union membership in the private sector that centers on “fast food strikes” organized by public relations firms, worker centers, and proto-labor-unions called “worker organizing committees.” The basic idea? Phase one, make noise; Phase three, new union members. The […]

  • New “Persuader” Reporting Gives Unions Another Election Advantage

    Posted on Mar 24, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Department of Labor completed a labor favor that has been years in the making. The Department finalized and issued its “persuader rule,” a policy that requires employers to disclose indirect assistance they received in crafting a campaign to recommend that employees not unionize. (Prior precedent had required employers to report only consultants […]

  • Union Election Analysis Shows Evidence of NLRB Thumb on Scale

    Posted on Mar 15, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stocked with appointees loyal to Big Labor, has made a series of rulings and procedural changes that have eased the ability of union organizers to win unionization elections over the past few years. Bloomberg BNA conducted an analysis of union elections from 2015, and found that the board’s favors […]

  • Downfall of an SEIU Boss

    Posted on Mar 04, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    How does a union boss lose power? Contrary to the claims of union supporters, this only rarely happens by the electoral action of membership. (Union internal elections are so problematic that the federal government had to enter voluntary compliance agreements with 24 unions that had to re-run their elections in 2015 because of irregularities—and that […]

  • Labor Board Breaks Labor Law

    Posted on Feb 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    For the past seven years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—stocked with rubber stamps for Big Labor—has run roughshod over employee rights and private companies in their dealings with labor unions. To pick just the most egregious example, the recent “ambush election” rule included a provision requiring that employees’ personal contact information be given to […]