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  • Luddite Unions Pick Cabbies over Consumers

    Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Back in Industrial Revolution-era England, the Luddites were a group of artisans who engaged in sabotage against factories they felt were taking their jobs. They lost, but don’t tell Big Labor: In cities across the nation, taxicab drivers backed by various national unions are protesting new internet-based car-hire services such as Uber. Consumers tend to […]

  • Trumka Bringing Card-Check II to a Congress Near You?

    Posted on Jun 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    After Big Labor’s push for the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) failed in 2009-2010, Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO have been trying to concoct a new way to harvest more union dues and stop their long-term decline. We’ve seen union bosses hide behind fake grassroots “worker center” front groups, threaten management’s right to […]

  • Union Boss Under Scrutiny From Union Members

    Posted on May 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Ann Twomey, president of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE)—a health care labor union and affiliate of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—faces a lawsuit filed by five of the union’s members that alleges she steered $1.4 million in legal fees to her boyfriend without properly disclosing the relationship. The New York Post quotes the attorney for HPAE members […]

  • Judge Clears Detroit to Go Bust

    Posted on Dec 03, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In a much-anticipated decision this morning, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled against a group of labor unions and other creditors and allowed the City of Detroit to file for municipal Chapter IX bankruptcy. It gets worse for the city’s municipal unions, as Judge Rhodes put city workers’ pensions on the potential chopping block: In […]

  • What Do “Associate Voices” Have to Say About Working at Wal-Mart?

    Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an effort to try to fluff up its Astroturf campaign against the world’s largest retailer, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group OUR Walmart has a “grassroots” “Associate Voices” page. Here are some sample comments that Wal-Mart employees have left on the site. Many complain about particular managers or difficulty getting hours, but […]

  • U.S. News & World Report Publishes CUF Op-Ed on Worker Centers

    Posted on Oct 14, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The following op-ed was written by Richard Berman, executive director for the Center for Union Facts, and was published in U.S. News & World Report on October 14, 2013. The online version may be found here. Worker Centers: A Backdoor for Unions The way the country’s labor officials tell it, federal labor laws are insufficient for the 21st […]

  • “Minority Unionism” Targets Employee Rights

    Posted on Sep 24, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since the passage of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in the 1930s, union collective bargaining in the United States has been governed on a series of principles to ensure employee freedom in choosing representatives. Employees have the right to privately vote (or sign cards) for their representatives to ensure that employers or unions don’t […]