Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • “Top Chef” Staff Reportedly Treated to Teamster Tirades, Threats

    Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Hell hath no fury like a union scorned. Earlier this year, Philadelphia-area Ironworkers Union members (including several officials) were brought up on federal charges for allegedly burning down a Quaker meetinghouse being built with nonunion labor. And now, the stars and staff of television cooking competition “Top Chef” have taken some fairly horrific abuse from […]

  • Coalition Fights for Employee Freedom

    Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week (August 10-16), a national coalition of groups (including the Center for Union Facts, which co-sponsors this website) are sponsoring National Employee Freedom Week to inform union members of their rights to opt out of union membership and certain (if not all) union dues. Working with grassroots state-level partners, the coalition and CUF are […]

  • Unions’ Weird Old Survival Trick Coming to a Congress Near You

    Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    An MSNBC report indicates that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) intends to introduce legislation to make union organizing a “civil right.” While Ellison’s legislative language has not yet been introduced, he expressed the desire to make it easier for pro-union employees who felt that their rights were violated to sue their employers. Current law already allows […]

  • Desperate UAW Digs in for Chattanooga Fight

    Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you thought that a defeat for a union in a unionization election was the end of Big Labor’s efforts, you’d be wrong. Volkswagen plant workers who told the United Auto Workers to get packing are about to learn this, as the union has created a local to “represent” the workers despite the employees’ clear […]

  • Trumka Bringing Card-Check II to a Congress Near You?

    Posted on Jun 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    After Big Labor’s push for the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) failed in 2009-2010, Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO have been trying to concoct a new way to harvest more union dues and stop their long-term decline. We’ve seen union bosses hide behind fake grassroots “worker center” front groups, threaten management’s right to […]

  • 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’ […]