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  • 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 […]

  • CUF Takes CNBC Talking Unions and the ACA

    Posted on Sep 16, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    We noted recently that big unions are beginning to realize they made a mistake in encouraging their political clients to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, in 2010. With the AFL-CIO Convention passing a resolution to formally criticize the law for putting unions’ multiemployer plans (called Taft-Hartley trusts […]

  • The Wall Street Journal Publishes CUF Op-Ed on Worker Centers

    Posted on Sep 13, 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 The Wall Street Journal on September 13, 2013. The online version may be found here. On Monday the AFL-CIO voted near-unanimously to incorporate nonunion affiliates known as “worker centers” into its ranks. The impetus behind this move […]

  • Big Labor’s Expanding Battleground: Corporate Boardrooms

    Posted on Aug 27, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor is always trying to weasel its way into policymaking through backdoor channels. From pressuring Democrats into changing U.S. Senate rules to advance its chosen labor law arbiters to protesting for a potentially self-enriching higher minimum wage (despite the average private-sector union member earning more than three times the federal minimum wage), the modus operandi is always the same: […]