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Category Archive: Ending Secret Ballots

  • America’s Undemocratic Labor Movement

    Posted on Sep 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In most union workplaces, democracy is a thing of the past. The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk recently found that labor unions represent eight million employees, only 478,000 of whom—a dismal six percent—ever voted for the union currently “representing” their interests. That’s right: 94 percent of dues-paying union members never even voted in favor of their union representation. (This is […]

  • SEIU Looks for Return on its Fast Food Investment

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released its annual Department of Labor disclosures showing a discouraging trend for the union: While it continued to throw money at its multi-million dollar campaign to organize fast food restaurants, membership isn’t increasing notably. The union will continue to throw good money after bad with another […]

  • Union Election Analysis Shows Evidence of NLRB Thumb on Scale

    Posted on Mar 15, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stocked with appointees loyal to Big Labor, has made a series of rulings and procedural changes that have eased the ability of union organizers to win unionization elections over the past few years. Bloomberg BNA conducted an analysis of union elections from 2015, and found that the board’s favors […]

  • 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 […]

  • Labor’s Confused “Workplace Democracy”

    Posted on Oct 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • NLRB Delivers Freshly Wrapped Gift to Trumka

    Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Around Washington, there’s a long-running rueful acceptance of the “Friday news dump” — the practice of releasing politically problematic information or decisions on Friday to avoid news coverage. And the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pulled off one heck of a news dump last Friday, dropping its highly controversial “quickie elections” rule. The rule was […]

  • Union Hack Does Union Bidding at NLRB

    Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel’s office gave a boost to the SEIU’s $15 million-plus effort to unionize the fast food industry by backing SEIU’s outrageous legal theory on franchisees. On the one hand, it shouldn’t be surprising: General Counsel Richard Griffin is the controversial former general counsel of the International Union of […]