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Category Archive: Center for Union Facts

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by Team

    Under current labor law, leaving a union is anything but easy—even in right-to-work states. Todd Lemire, a Michigan plant worker and union member of over 17 years, found that out the hard way when he decided to leave his UAW Local 600 this summer. Following the opt-out, Local 600 Tool and Die Unit President Bob […]

  • Who’s Taking a Bite Out of Black Construction Workers’ Pay?

    Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by Team

    We have investigated the distressing gaps in pay between black and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction trades. This week, we took our efforts to educate the public on the income inequality in the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) to the streets, into the press, and onto the […]

  • New Analysis: Dues Money Goes to Causes That Union Members Don’t Support

    Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by Team

    Union political spending is widely discussed but poorly understood. Much is made of the millions of dollars in contributions that union PACs make, of which roughly 90 percent go to Democrats while roughly 40 percent of union families support Republicans. Unions argue that this isn’t an issue because those contributions are opt-in. However, unions also have […]

  • New SEIU Demonstrations Betray Electoral Motives

    Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by 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, […]

  • Rival SEIU Bosses Split over California Ballot Strategy

    Posted on Nov 04, 2015 by Team

    The SEIU has spent tens of millions — a Reuters report on SEIU filings with the Labor Department put the number at $24-$50 million — on its fast food unionization and $15 minimum wage campaign. The latest battleground is California, where the SEIU has begun a signature collection effort to put a statewide $15 minimum wage […]

  • Pennsylvania Legislature Confronts Union Violence

    Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by Team

    Unions have multiple exemptions from commonly applied laws that protect people from violence and intimidation. Perhaps nowhere in the country is that more the case than in Pennsylvania, where unions have a wide exemption from stalking, harassment, and threats of violence laws. The state legislature is looking to change that: The state legislature passed the […]

  • OUR Walmart fights…OUR Walmart?

    Posted on Sep 21, 2015 by 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 […]

  • Progressives Love Labor Unions, Until This One Thing Happens

    Posted on Aug 11, 2015 by Team

    Liberal websites and progressive outfits—many of which receive some of the $100+ million directed from unions  to the left-wing infrastructure annually—are big promoters of the union agenda. But like unions themselves, when the realities of collective bargaining are brought to their own doors, even the most pro-labor groups can bust unions in ways that make […]