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Category Archive: Change To Win

  • Toss Another Dead Front Group on the Pile?

    Posted on Jul 06, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We had noticed that United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) had gone fairly quiet. Launched amid great fanfare in November 2011, OUR Walmart may now be headed out to pasture. After a change of leadership at UFCW headquarters, the campaign’s focus is moving from a […]

  • Did Mary Kay Henry Sacrifice Healthcare Workers to Her Political Interests?

    Posted on Jun 23, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Service Employees International Union officials are throwing accusations at each other over a major power play by national President Mary Kay Henry in California. Henry is fighting with Dave Regan—President of the United Healthcare Workers local and a Vice President on SEIU’s International Executive Board—for control of 70,000 of Regan’s members. Henry has ordered Regan’s […]

  • SEIU Loud about Fake Strikes, Quiet on Membership Numbers

    Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union has spent something on the order of $50 million as part of its “Fight for 15” campaign to unionize quick-service restaurants. However, the union isn’t yet collecting much in the way of new dues in response to this massive investment. We found an old SEIU press release from early 2009, […]

  • SEIU’s Amazing Brazilian Adventure

    Posted on May 29, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    While doing some analysis of how the  Service Employees International Union spends members dues, one item struck us as very odd: SEIU spent $328,000 in 2014 on “legal support for organizing” from a Brazilian law firm, Piza Avogados Associados. (The union has shipped $389,429 in total to the firm over the last four years.) That’s a significant […]

  • 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 […]

  • An NPR ‘Miss’ On Labor Unions and the Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    A recent National Public Radio (NPR) report looked curiously at the phenomenon of unions pushing for radical minimum wage increases (including in some cases a more-than-doubling of the current minimums). Correspondent Ben Bergman notes that few workers who make the minimum are unionized, and he asks what unions stand to gain from their campaigns. We […]

  • SEIU’s Staged Stunts to Strike Again

    Posted on Sep 03, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    When you have invested over $15 million on a campaign, like the Service Employees International Union has on its “Fight for 15” effort to organize restaurant workers, a few setbacks are hardly enough to give up the ship. So, despite justified skepticism that SEIU’s coordinated actions are reflective of employee sentiment, tomorrow (September 4) the […]

  • 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 […]