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  • Labor’s Nominees Confirmed to National Labor Relations Board

    Posted on Aug 01, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    On Tuesday, July 31, the Senate voted to confirm President Obama’s five nominations to the National Labor Relations Board. The new members of the board are Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa, Philip Miscimarra, Harry Johnson III, and Mark Pearce. As part of a Senate compromise to avoid the “nuclear option,” or a suspension of the need […]

  • Worker Centers No Longer Hidden in Obscurity

    Posted on Jul 31, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we mentioned in a recent article and our full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, worker centers can no longer hide in the shadows of labor law’s grey areas. Labor experts across the country have noticed the subversive tactics that worker centers use in order to avoid classification as a “labor organization” under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure […]

  • The Nuclear Option is Bad…Good…Okay Sometimes…

    Posted on Jul 12, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    NLRB nominations are only a problem when Republicans nominate them. Pro-labor, anti-labor, it doesn’t matter; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid only plays partisan politics. For the first time in American history, Senator Reid is seriously considering invoking the “nuclear option.” The nuclear option removes the power to filibuster and moves the required votes for a […]

  • Newsflash: Benefits of Union Membership Declining by the Year

    Posted on May 01, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Unions have always turned to the same trump card when trying to convince employees to unionize: Unions members make more money. It’s a compelling and appealing argument. But it’s also becoming less true by the year. Bloomberg BNA has released a new report demonstrating that the wage gap is growing smaller—and mainly because union wages […]

  • Hearings on Labor Nominee Perez Start

    Posted on Apr 19, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently began its hearings on Thomas Perez’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. Many are asking questions about Perez’s record, but our Executive Director writes in POLITICO that Senators should be very interested in his and the Labor Department’s agenda: The Senate’s HELP Committee should have no […]

  • Twenty-Month Stoppage Yields Workers Hardship but Little Benefit

    Posted on Apr 16, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    In summer 2011, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union — the same union whose strike killed Hostess — representing workers at American Crystal Sugar rejected a final contract offer and were locked out of their jobs. The union demanded that competitiveness-harming policies like seniority promotion remain in the contract, so despite […]

  • Michigan Employees Now Have Right to Work

    Posted on Mar 29, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Yesterday, Michigan’s right-to-work law, which bans forced dues arrangements that lock non-members into funding a union they aren’t part of, took effect. New contracts will no longer require employees to pay a union they may never have had the chance to even vote on or be fired. As a Detroit News op-ed observed: Workers will […]

  • Ex-Union Members Know Why Unions Are Declining

    Posted on Mar 27, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of private-sector employees in unions has tumbled to a 70-year low. Only 6.6 percent of private-sector workers were union members in 2012. Unions’ failure to represent their members’ interests and overzealous defense of unsustainable benefits has hamstrung the airline, manufacturing, and automotive industries, and […]