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Category Archive: Employee Rights Act

  • Union Statistics Show a Tale of Two States

    Posted on Jan 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    This post has been updated since its initial publication with 2015 data from Unionstats.com. Yesterday, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual count of how many American employees are union members and what percentage of the workforce consists of union members. Overall union density remained constant at 11.1% of wage and salary employees, […]

  • Union-Backed Nonprofit Breaks Colorado Law

    Posted on Jan 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions are ringing in the New Year with a lot of politics—and a little lawbreaking on the side. They’re doing it by funding a Colorado-based nonprofit group called Jeffco United, which claims to support education reform on behalf of school-age children. Jeffco United has received more than $265,000 in total from national and local teachers unions since its inception in […]

  • Wisconsin Union Intimidates Dissidents

    Posted on Dec 02, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of Big Labor’s notorious intimidation tactics is the so-called “scab list”—a public list of employees represented by the union who aren’t participating in some union activity, usually striking or paying nonmember “agency fees” in states where they aren’t mandatory. Last week, we covered one United Auto Workers local (UAW Local 600) which intimidated dissenters […]

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 […]