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Category Archive: Ending Secret Ballots

  • Employee Rights Act Grabs Attention

    Posted on Apr 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA), a proposed piece of federal legislation that gives a host of individual rights to workers, is picking up steam in the press. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently editorialized that protecting workers’ secret ballots is a “must” to protect workers’ rights and end corrupt union practices. The editors noted that ERA would do just that. Meanwhile, […]

  • Unions’ $735,000 Question: Why “No Reply”?

    Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we reported last Thursday, when SEIU Local 500 came knocking on Media Matters’ door, years of spewing pro-Big Labor rhetoric couldn’t lead Media Matters’ CEO David Brock to enter into a voluntary recognition (a.k.a. “card check”) with the union. We were curious about some of the particulars of the SEIU’s representation petition, so we […]

  • Media Matters Lawyers Up Against Its SEIU Allies

    Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve caught unions (like the SEIU and the NEA) battling hard against the unions of their unionized staff. Their left-wing “nonprofit” allies seem no different: Left-wing media critics Media Matters for America are lawyering up and heading to the National Labor Relations Board to demand a secret-ballot election rather than a card-check agreement with SEIU […]

  • SEIU Corporate Campaign Gridlocks Steel City

    Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an age of unions-in-all-but-label-only “worker centers,” the traditional union brand-attack corporate campaign has fallen somewhat out of favor. Not in Pittsburgh, though: The SEIU, partnering with public relations firm Berlin Rosen—both also deeply involved in New York City’s Fast Food Forward worker center campaign—has taken to the streets to pressure the University of Pittsburgh […]

  • Astroturfing a Worker Center 101

    Posted on Nov 13, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve suspected that “worker centers” leading the walkouts of fast food restaurants and big-box retailers are union front groups, and evidence continues to pour in that not only are unions bankrolling the campaign, but unions are also deeply involved in strategy, organizing, and tactics. Two new items of evidence have come out in the past […]

  • UAW’s Southern Strategy May Break the Law

    Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since things started to go badly for Detroit’s Big Three automakers (in large part because of unsustainable union contract demands), the United Auto Workers (UAW) has sought to unionize foreign-based “transplant” auto plants. These plants are located in the generally pro-business, individualist, and right-to-work South, making unionizing them difficult. The UAW has tried repeatedly to […]

  • NLRB Nominee Schiffer Openly Opposes Secret Ballot Elections

    Posted on Jul 18, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    With absolutely no regard for even the appearance of impartiality, the president nominated Nancy Schiffer, former associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO. Schiffer is a long-time rubber stamp for pro-union policy, but most troubling is her support of card-check legislation. In a 2004 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, she described the workplace as “an […]

  • AFL-CIO Orders New Rubber Stamps for NLRB

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    Avoiding the nuclear option might have been a success for Senate rules; however, the president’s new nominees are rubber stamps for labor and don’t change much for the rights of employees. President Obama replaced his previous “recess” nominees to the National Labor Relations Board as Republicans and Democrats debated over Senator Reid’s nuclear option to end debate on the tentatively unconstitutional […]