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  • The Political Elephants in the Room

    Posted on Mar 17, 2014 by Team

    We’ve pointed out before that unions’ ability to effectively compel members—including members who don’t support the unions’ political preferences—to support the politicians of the unions’ choosing makes them political power players. Now, our Executive Director is telling Pennsylvanians that Trumka’s money is coming to influence their election, a large bloc of members’ opinions aside: Last […]

  • Judge Clears Detroit to Go Bust

    Posted on Dec 03, 2013 by 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 […]

  • OUR Walmart Leans Forward with Few Employees

    Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by Team

    On Friday, masses of Americans will storm shopping centers looking for deals. We can also confidently predict that the vast majority of hourly associates at Wal-Mart will not walk out on their shifts. Even MSNBC, the liberal-leaning news organ that gives an hour of primetime to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 (among […]

  • “Good Jobs” Is an SEIU “Nation”

    Posted on Oct 04, 2013 by Team

    Our Executive Director took to The Washington Times op-ed page this week to call out a bit of Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-backed “shutdown theater” and the front group used to do it. He writes: On Wednesday, several dozen unionized workers assembled at the World War II Memorial in an effort to share the stage […]

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

    Posted on Sep 13, 2013 by 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • “Workers’ Centers” Don’t Have a Loophole for All the Laws

    Posted on Mar 26, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Organized labor’s newest tactics — recently endorsed by the AFL-CIO — are so-called “New Models of Worker Representation” outside the framework of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). Both those laws place restrictions on labor unions to ensure that they actually have majority support of the workers they […]

  • Should the NLRB Be Abolished?

    Posted on Mar 07, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    A spate of recent, precedent-smashing pro-union rulings by the illegally constituted National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has led many to question the Board’s impartiality. The latest to join in is former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumber, who writes in Congressional Quarterly that “The board’s hyperpartisanship has hollowed out its legitimacy.” Schaumber’s remedy for the NLRB’s woes? […]