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Category Archive: Ending Secret Ballots

  • CalPERS Pushes Public Ballots, Violates California Law

    Posted on Oct 04, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Over on the West Coast, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS for short) is showing us how not to handle a board election. For background, CalPERS recently changed its board election procedures, violating the California constitutional requirement that voting be kept private. How? Voters who use mailed-in paper ballots, the most popular voting method, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]