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  • Toss Another Dead Front Group on the Pile?

    Posted on Jul 06, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We had noticed that United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) had gone fairly quiet. Launched amid great fanfare in November 2011, OUR Walmart may now be headed out to pasture. After a change of leadership at UFCW headquarters, the campaign’s focus is moving from a […]

  • SEIU Loud about Fake Strikes, Quiet on Membership Numbers

    Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union has spent something on the order of $50 million as part of its “Fight for 15” campaign to unionize quick-service restaurants. However, the union isn’t yet collecting much in the way of new dues in response to this massive investment. We found an old SEIU press release from early 2009, […]

  • Unions Paid This Website $504,000. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In late 2013 and early 2014, the Internet suffered a plague of psychologically tested headlines (similar to the one in this post title), unleashed on an unsuspecting public by a “viral content” site, Upworthy. And while changes to the Facebook algorithm have reduced the site’s ability to jackhammer vapid memes into people’s heads, the site […]

  • SEIU’s Astroturf Industry Grows

    Posted on Apr 15, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Service Employees International Union and its “worker center” front groups, led by political consultancy Berlin Rosen, will stage various media stunts claiming to be “strikes” against fast food restaurants. If we sound like a broken record, it’s because the SEIU, the worker centers, and Berlin Rosen have  pulled stunts like this roughly […]

  • Wage Hike not Good Enough When the Goal Is a Union

    Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this week, Wal-Mart issued a directive raising base pay at the company’s stores to $9 per hour for new hires and $10 per hour for current employees. If the complaints of the “Organization United for Respect At Walmart” (OUR Walmart) were really about the company’s pay being too low, you might expect at least […]

  • 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 […]

  • UFCW’s Wal-Mart Stunts Find and Fool Few

    Posted on Dec 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Being knowledgeable observers of America’s labor movement, the Center for Union Facts staff was well aware that Thanksgiving weekend shopping might be disrupted by highly orchestrated union-led protests against major retailers. For the third year running, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), its subsidiary front group OUR Walmart, and its coordinating P.R. shop Berlin […]

  • UFCW Extortionist Plot Fails to Fool Feds

    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week on an appeal by several convicted former bosses of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 who were convicted in 2012 of various racketeering-related crimes. The appeals court upheld the convictions of former Local 348 officers John Fazio; Anthony Fazio, Sr.; and Anthony […]