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Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • NLRB Judgment Adds to Machinists’ Woes

    Posted on May 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    They say that “April showers bring May flowers,” but the forecast for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) continues to be overcast. After an April that left the union’s organizing campaign at Delta referred to the Justice Department for allegedly forged authorization cards and saw the union pull its petition for a union election at […]

  • Machinists’ Union Troubles Prove Need for Secret Ballot Votes

    Posted on Apr 22, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The International Association of Machinists (IAM) has had a lousy month. Two major organizing campaigns by the 569,000-member union have hit serious stumbling blocks, and the manner of flop demonstrates the need for the Employee Rights Act’s federal protection of secret ballot votes on whether to form a union. First, the IAM’s effort to organize […]

  • Paycheck Protection for California Teachers?

    Posted on Apr 09, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    California courtrooms—site of a major victory for school reformers against teachers unions’ defense of tenure—could soon be home to a big debate over employee rights. An education reform group (along with four public schoolteachers) has sued the state’s two teachers unions, affiliated with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). EdSource reports […]

  • Union Settles Multi-Million-Dollar Civil Rights Suit

    Posted on Apr 07, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses talk a big game about supporting civil rights, but their practices don’t always match their civil rights rhetoric. Case in point: Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers union in New York agreed to a settlement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that will cost the union up to $12.7 million, […]

  • Don’t Fear Recertification

    Posted on Mar 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    While unions who lose an organizing election can come back year after year until they win once and (effectively) forever.   The Employee Rights Act (ERA) would correct the structural imbalances in the organization process by requiring automatic recertification votes once half or more of the original certification voters had left the bargaining unit. This certification-related provisions […]

  • Stay Classy, Big Labor

    Posted on Mar 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been a rough week for union bosses and their political patrons: On Monday, Wisconsin enacted a right-to-work law that forbids the conditioning of employment on the payment of union dues or fees, meaning that half of the states now forbid the so-called “agency shop.” Union bosses, activists, and union-funded politicians are taking the news […]

  • Wisconsin Could Be a Tipping Point for Employee Rights

    Posted on Mar 09, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, Wisconsin became the 25th right-to-work state when Governor Scott Walker signed SB 44, which passed the Wisconsin Assembly last Friday. The measure, which prohibits the conditioning of employment on the payment of union dues or fees, means that half of the states now have laws prohibiting the so-called “union shop” or “agency shop.” This […]

  • Will Wisconsin Be Number Twenty-Five?

    Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big news from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin: Legislators are calling a special session to advance a right-to-work measure. Following reforms permitting employees to refrain from funding unions in Indiana and Michigan, the state legislature has indicated that it will pass the measure and Governor Scott Walker has said he will sign it. Wisconsin would […]