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  • Congressman Shacks Up with SEIU

    Posted on Apr 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) describes “organized labor [as] the strongest voice in our nation for the needs of working families.” Now Honda has reportedly taken his affection for Big Labor to a new level: cohabitation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Honda located his 2014 re-election campaign office inside the headquarters of the Service Employees International Union Local 521. Honda can’t […]

  • Unions’ $735,000 Question: Why “No Reply”?

    Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we reported last Thursday, when SEIU Local 500 came knocking on Media Matters’ door, years of spewing pro-Big Labor rhetoric couldn’t lead Media Matters’ CEO David Brock to enter into a voluntary recognition (a.k.a. “card check”) with the union. We were curious about some of the particulars of the SEIU’s representation petition, so we […]

  • Media Matters Lawyers Up Against Its SEIU Allies

    Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve caught unions (like the SEIU and the NEA) battling hard against the unions of their unionized staff. Their left-wing “nonprofit” allies seem no different: Left-wing media critics Media Matters for America are lawyering up and heading to the National Labor Relations Board to demand a secret-ballot election rather than a card-check agreement with SEIU […]

  • Labor-Friendly NLRB Revisits Rule Blocked by Federal Court

    Posted on Apr 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    On December 21, 2011, the NLRB announced a change in NLRB election procedures, moving bargaining unit disputes to after unionization elections instead of before them. In practice, this “quickie elections” rule would give employees less time to learn about the drawbacks that come with unionization. Not surprisingly, unions win a higher percentage of elections when employees have less time to become informed about unionization, giving them incentive […]

  • Union Hypocrisy on Political Cash Exposed

    Posted on Apr 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that “aggregate limits” — maximum totals on contributions to all candidates and party committees combined — on individuals’ election contributions were unconstitutional in a case titled McCutcheon v. FEC. This ruling annoyed Big Labor, which enjoys 10 of the top 14 spots in the ranking of organization contributors to […]

  • Missouri Advances Paycheck Protection

    Posted on Apr 03, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Missouri State House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would provide public-sector employees the right to opt out of automatic deduction of dues and agency fees paid to unions. Although Missouri public employees are not currently protected by a “right to work” law that allows them to refrain from paying any dues […]

  • Unions Fight To Keep Political Cash Advantage

    Posted on Mar 26, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions used to be the leading source of organizational political contributions. A quick look at the Opensecrets list of “heavy hitters”—the top outside donors since 1989—shows that of the top 15 donor organizations, 10 are still labor unions. And Opensecrets only counts federal PAC contributions (which are opt-in); unions also maintain sophisticated state- and local-level […]

  • Dealing with Union Intimidation, Kansas Style

    Posted on Mar 24, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions in the construction and contracting sectors (especially the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners) are well-known for attempting to intimidate businesses that hire non-unionized contractors. Even though the National Labor Relations Act forbids secondary pickets (protesting against third-party businesses that deal with a non-union company), Carpenters locals and councils are permitted (under a 2010 […]