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  • Big Bill’s Cousin Johnny Funneling Hidden Campaign Cash?

    Posted on Jun 04, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last year, Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York City, thanks in large part to hundreds of thousands of dollars in union “independent expenditures” — election spending not formally coordinated with a campaign, and funded by member dues. Now, it appears that Big Labor’s network of outside spending was even broader (and better disguised) […]

  • SEIU Says No Votes for You

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Las Vegas has an taken interesting approach to its contract with the Clark County-run University Medical Center: Don’t vote on it. The Las Vegas Review-Journal editors explain: Clark County has offered University Medical Center workers a deal so sweet their union might not bring it to members for […]

  • Big Labor Shuts Down Vegas?

    Posted on May 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the Culinary Union Local 226 (an affiliate of UNITE-HERE) announced that it intended to strike starting June 1 against several casinos in Las Vegas. If the union cannot reach an agreement, it would be the first strike against the Vegas casino industry in 30 years. As always, the union claims to have the employees’ […]

  • Protecting Employee Rights against SEIU

    Posted on May 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The SEIU has made no bones about its intention to organize staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) by any means necessary. We noted how SEIU protestors—with the help of Berlin Rosen, the PR firm running SEIU’s fast food campaign and UFCW’s OUR Walmart—shut down Pittsburgh city traffic at rush hour in their […]

  • ERA Does the D.C. Rounds

    Posted on May 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of its week-long series on Big Labor’s struggles, the Washington Examiner took a look at the Employee Rights Act (ERA), a piece of legislation that would grant individual employees more rights in the workplace. It’s past time the ERA got a hearing in Washington, as its provisions are supported by wide majorities. Each […]

  • Employee Rights Act Grabs Attention

    Posted on Apr 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA), a proposed piece of federal legislation that gives a host of individual rights to workers, is picking up steam in the press. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently editorialized that protecting workers’ secret ballots is a “must” to protect workers’ rights and end corrupt union practices. The editors noted that ERA would do just that. Meanwhile, […]

  • 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 […]