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Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • Racial Slurs by Union Picketers A-OK, NLRB Judge Says

    Posted on Jun 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    If a normal person stood outside his or her workplace and shouted racist epithets at coworkers and passersby, that person would be fired. But an Administrative Law Judge with the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that normal rules of civilized conduct don’t apply while on union business, ordering Anthony Runion, a United Steelworkers picketer […]

  • Democrats Say Unions Crossing the Line on Trade

    Posted on Jun 08, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions and Democratic Party politicians are infamously loyal to one another. Labor PACs consistently send about 90 percent of their contributions to Democrats—even as roughly 40 percent of union households consistently vote Republican—and Democrats supply labor favors in return. But when labor and Democrats disagree, unions can savage their allies as brutally as they would […]

  • New Hampshire AFL-CIO Allegedly Disenfranchises Members

    Posted on Jun 03, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    America’s labor unions are not fans of private votes, as their support of the anti-democratic public “card check” representation procedure clearly demonstrates. And their support of “union democracy”—internal procedures to allow members a say in the union’s governance—is rhetorical at best. The latest example comes from New Hampshire, where the state AFL-CIO declared its President, […]

  • 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 […]