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Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • Big Labor’s $1 Billion Advocacy Budget

    Posted on Sep 27, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The 2018 election cycle is already underway. Experts estimate more than $3 billion will be spent on political advertisements alone. If history is any indication, labor unions will be intimately involved. The Center for Union Facts (CUF) has found that, from 2012 to 2016, Big Labor sent nearly $765 million in member dues to the Democratic Party and liberal special interest groups. This is in addition […]

  • Senate Reintroduces Employee Rights Act

    Posted on Sep 13, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Senate recently reintroduced the Employee Rights Act (ERA), the most comprehensive update to American labor law since the 1940s. Once again, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is the sponsor of the legislation. In his words: “Anyone whose real concern is preserving the rights of individual workers should support the Employee Rights Act, which addresses many issues […]

  • Celebrating National Employee Freedom Week

    Posted on Aug 21, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today marks the start of National Employee Freedom Week, an annual celebration of employee rights in the workplace and the enduring need to fight for them. Fortunately, many U.S. states have addressed the union stranglehold on the workplace with right-to-work laws, which prohibit mandatory union membership as a condition of employment. A week from now, […]

  • WSJ Supports Employee Rights Act

    Posted on Jul 24, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    In late July, The Wall Street Journal editorialized in favor of the Employee Rights Act (ERA), the most comprehensive update to American labor law since the 1940s. It goes to show the virtues of the ERA—which protects employees with eight substantive reforms—and the pressing need for labor reform. You can read a snippet here: The House bill […]

  • The Employee Rights Act Goes to a Hearing

    Posted on Jun 21, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions recently held a hearing on the Employee Rights Act (ERA) for the first time ever. It is the most significant development with the ERA—the most substantive update to American labor law since the 1940s—since its introduction in 2011. The Center for Union Facts ran an ad in Roll Call on […]

  • Congress Reintroduces the Employee Rights Act

    Posted on May 31, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA) is back. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) recently reintroduced the ERA, the most comprehensive update to American labor law since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. Last session, 170 members of Congress co-sponsored the legislation, including 33 U.S. senators. (Learn more here.) The ERA protects workers from abusive union leadership with eight pro-employee reforms. Among other provisions, […]

  • Union Bosses Spend $530 Million on Political Advocacy

    Posted on Dec 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    After months of combing LM-2 disclosure forms—the annual union financial reports required by the Labor Department—the Center for Union Facts (CUF) has found that labor unions sent nearly $530 million to Democrats and liberal special-interest groups from 2012 to 2015 for political advocacy purposes. 99 percent of Big Labor’s $530 million advocacy budget—funded primarily by […]

  • IAFF Boss Protests Union Totalitarianism

    Posted on Dec 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    One union boss has raised concerns about the AFL-CIO ballot for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair after AFL-CIO Executive Committee members were given only one name to choose from. Union members were told they could either vote for Rep. Keith Ellison, abstain, or “make no endorsement at this time,” prompting Harold Schaitberger—president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)—to speak […]