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Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • Big Bill’s Cousin Johnny Funneling Hidden Campaign Cash?

    Posted on Jun 04, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last year, Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York City, thanks in large part to hundreds of thousands of dollars in union “independent expenditures” — election spending not formally coordinated with a campaign, and funded by member dues. Now, it appears that Big Labor’s network of outside spending was even broader (and better disguised) […]

  • SEIU Says No Votes for You

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Las Vegas has an taken interesting approach to its contract with the Clark County-run University Medical Center: Don’t vote on it. The Las Vegas Review-Journal editors explain: Clark County has offered University Medical Center workers a deal so sweet their union might not bring it to members for […]

  • Big Labor Shuts Down Vegas?

    Posted on May 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the Culinary Union Local 226 (an affiliate of UNITE-HERE) announced that it intended to strike starting June 1 against several casinos in Las Vegas. If the union cannot reach an agreement, it would be the first strike against the Vegas casino industry in 30 years. As always, the union claims to have the employees’ […]

  • Protecting Employee Rights against SEIU

    Posted on May 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The SEIU has made no bones about its intention to organize staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) by any means necessary. We noted how SEIU protestors—with the help of Berlin Rosen, the PR firm running SEIU’s fast food campaign and UFCW’s OUR Walmart—shut down Pittsburgh city traffic at rush hour in their […]

  • ERA Does the D.C. Rounds

    Posted on May 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of its week-long series on Big Labor’s struggles, the Washington Examiner took a look at the Employee Rights Act (ERA), a piece of legislation that would grant individual employees more rights in the workplace. It’s past time the ERA got a hearing in Washington, as its provisions are supported by wide majorities. Each […]

  • SEIU’s Michigan Racket Implodes

    Posted on May 05, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a problem: Its membership tanked from 55,265 members in 2012 to 10,918 in 2013—a decline of 44,347 members. The cause? Pro-employee legislation passed in 2012 that gave employees the option of refraining from paying the SEIU dues without losing their jobs, and a separate measure that abolished Healthcare Michigan’s “dues skim” […]

  • SEIU Fronts Find New Federal Ally

    Posted on May 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    From the moment President Obama was elected, labor unions have demanded what former AFSCME boss Gerald McEntee memorably called “payback” for putting millions of dollars behind his election efforts. This week, “payback” came in the form of a new director of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), David Weil. Weil is a former […]

  • Big Labor’s D.C. Thunderdome

    Posted on Apr 30, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Two union activists enter: One union activist leaves. That seems to be the story of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500’s attempt to organize left-wing media criticism outfit Media Matters for America. David Brock, the CEO of the aggressively pro-union group, isn’t too eager to have his staff unionized. He has refused a card […]