Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by Team

    Under current labor law, leaving a union is anything but easy—even in right-to-work states. Todd Lemire, a Michigan plant worker and union member of over 17 years, found that out the hard way when he decided to leave his UAW Local 600 this summer. Following the opt-out, Local 600 Tool and Die Unit President Bob […]

  • New Analysis: Dues Money Goes to Causes That Union Members Don’t Support

    Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by Team

    Union political spending is widely discussed but poorly understood. Much is made of the millions of dollars in contributions that union PACs make, of which roughly 90 percent go to Democrats while roughly 40 percent of union families support Republicans. Unions argue that this isn’t an issue because those contributions are opt-in. However, unions also have […]

  • New SEIU Demonstrations Betray Electoral Motives

    Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), backed by the “workers organizing committees” and worker centers that it funds, are demonstrating against fast-food restaurants they hope to organize today. And while in the past the SEIU wanted to appear at least somewhat distant from the demonstrations the union has funded to the tune of $50 million, […]

  • Pennsylvania Legislature Confronts Union Violence

    Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by Team

    Unions have multiple exemptions from commonly applied laws that protect people from violence and intimidation. Perhaps nowhere in the country is that more the case than in Pennsylvania, where unions have a wide exemption from stalking, harassment, and threats of violence laws. The state legislature is looking to change that: The state legislature passed the […]

  • Unions Subvert Democracy with Jim Crow-Era Tactics

    Posted on Oct 16, 2015 by Team

    Unions talk a big game about voting rights. Every election cycle, they spend millions in members’ dues on left-leaning and Democratic-aligned get-out-the-vote groups. But when the elections are closer to home, Big Labor ignores principles of democracy. Evidence its flacking of the “Workplace Democracy Act”—an Orwellian name that reminded us of the Democratic People’s Republic […]

  • Labor’s Confused “Workplace Democracy”

    Posted on Oct 13, 2015 by Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA) has kicked off a long-overdue debate over the future of labor policy in America’s 21st Century labor force. Labor and the radical unionist far left have now responded, with two proposals to force more employees to become dues-paying union members. This week, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (an ally of […]

  • ERA Takes Center Stage in Labor Debate

    Posted on Sep 15, 2015 by Team

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who rose to national prominence by reforming public-employee labor law in his state, gave a major policy speech on labor relations in Las Vegas yesterday. In a wide-ranging call for reform to public and private employment law, Walker endorsed key provisions of the Employee Rights Act (ERA) and called for Congress […]

  • What about the 38 Percent?

    Posted on Aug 04, 2015 by Team

    As the presidential nomination contests heat up, there has been considerable interest in a brewing labor revolt within its traditional Democratic power structure. Self-declared socialist Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has energized labor unionists in support of his bid for the Democratic nomination, receiving informal “endorsement” votes from state AFL-CIO federations in South Carolina […]