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Category Archive: SEIU

  • Will Wisconsin Be Number Twenty-Five?

    Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big news from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin: Legislators are calling a special session to advance a right-to-work measure. Following reforms permitting employees to refrain from funding unions in Indiana and Michigan, the state legislature has indicated that it will pass the measure and Governor Scott Walker has said he will sign it. Wisconsin would […]

  • An NPR ‘Miss’ On Labor Unions and the Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    A recent National Public Radio (NPR) report looked curiously at the phenomenon of unions pushing for radical minimum wage increases (including in some cases a more-than-doubling of the current minimums). Correspondent Ben Bergman notes that few workers who make the minimum are unionized, and he asks what unions stand to gain from their campaigns. We […]

  • Despite Government Efforts, Union Density Slips Further

    Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In December, a reporter for Politico proposed that a series of Obama Administration actions were proof of “Labor’s big comeback.” We were skeptical, to say the least: Year after year of reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that an ever-shrinking percent of employees bother to actually join unions. Now we can add […]

  • Hypocritical “Union Shop” Flails in Defense of Union Funding

    Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We recently questioned the timing of the Center for Media and Democracy’s decision to allow itself to directly take funding from unions. A reporter with Watchdog.org contacted CMD head Lisa Graves for comment, and received a curious reply. We’ll let Watchdog explain: Graves called the undisclosed union donations “a small percent of its overall funding.” […]

  • Anti-Walker Group Changed No-Union-Funds Rule Just After 2010 Elections

    Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a left-wing organization that is a critical cog in the Wisconsin liberal-progressive infrastructure network. The group has taken significant funding from major labor unions in recent years—in 2013, $118,000 in identifiable union expenditures to CMD amounted to 13.6% of the organization’s contribution and grant revenue. Prior to […]

  • SEIU Organizer Allegedly Beats Up NYPD

    Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted before that unions are desperately trying to shake off their well-deserved reputation as “thugs.” Unfortunately for their rebranding effort, union bosses just can’t seem to get out of the old habit of physical violence, with an SEIU Local 32BJ organizing coordinator charged with numerous offenses relating to him allegedly assaulting New York City […]

  • Private-Sector Employee Rights Proposed for Wisconsin

    Posted on Dec 03, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker earned the deep hostility of Big Labor for pushing a package of public-sector employee rights reforms — part of budget repair legislation titled Act 10 — in 2011. A recall election and a re-election later, both Walker and the Republican state legislative majorities that passed Act 10 are still standing. Richard […]

  • Union-Funded Liberal Group’s Weak Response to Employee Rights

    Posted on Oct 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner turned his attention to the Employee Rights Act (ERA), specifically its provision requiring unions to get opt-in permission before using member dues for political purposes. Our Executive Director offered some thoughts on the widely supported legislation: […] Rick Berman, whose Center for Union Facts has advocated for the […]