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Category Archive: Center for Union Facts

  • National Employee Freedom Week Gains Traction

    Posted on Aug 19, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week is National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), an annual grassroots campaign of more than 85 organizations (including the Center for Union Facts) educating constituents about their rights to leave their union or stop paying the portion of their dues that funds union political activities. The coalition is also promoting a new policy called “Worker’s […]

  • Boisterous Teachers Union Silences Conservative Members

    Posted on Jul 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Education Association (NEA) is not one to keep its anti-reform agenda quiet. That was made clear at the union’s annual labor conference this week, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—who received an early endorsement from the NEA—was recruited to speak. When Clinton praised charter schools—saying that “when schools get it right, whether they are traditional public […]

  • Richard Berman Discusses “The Union Way” on Stossel

    Posted on Jun 28, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Richard Berman, the executive director of the Center for Union Facts, recently appeared on Fox Business’ Stossel to discuss the state of unions today. Among other things, he talked about arcane union rules in the workplace and the importance of the Employee Rights Act (ERA)—America’s most comprehensive labor reform bill. The ERA is now co-sponsored by […]

  • Employee Rights Act Attracts Record Co-Sponsorship

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA), labor legislation reintroduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), is gaining traction on Capitol Hill—and breaking its own records along the way. The ERA is now co-sponsored by 144 members of the 114th Congress, including 29 senators. That surpasses the previous high of 137 co-sponsors when the bill was reintroduced […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]