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  • SEIU Harassment Scandal Forces Staff Shakeup

    Posted on Oct 25, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Uh-oh, SEIU. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has a sex-related problem of its own. Executive Vice President Scott Courtney, who had led the union’s job-killing Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign, recently resigned from his post after complaints surfaced about his relationships with female staffers. BuzzFeed’s […]

  • CalPERS Pushes Public Ballots, Violates California Law

    Posted on Oct 04, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Over on the West Coast, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS for short) is showing us how not to handle a board election. For background, CalPERS recently changed its board election procedures, violating the California constitutional requirement that voting be kept private. How? Voters who use mailed-in paper ballots, the most popular voting method, […]

  • SEIU’s Fight for $15 Flops, $100 Million Political Campaign Next

    Posted on Aug 31, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Down goes the Fight for $15? Just four years after its launch, the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) campaign to force a $15 minimum wage down employers’ throats is apparently going the way of OUR Walmart, the failed effort to unionize Walmart in 2015. In 2017, the SEIU staged protests in only 30 cities, many of […]

  • Hypocrisy Alert! Democrats Attack NLRB Nominee

    Posted on Aug 02, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of the hottest issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) right now involves class action lawsuits. In the 2012 D.R. Horton case, the NLRB ruled that employers may not mandate arbitration agreements barring employees from joining together in employment-related class action lawsuits against the employer. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has since refused to throw its weight behind the NLRB […]

  • The SEIU’s Wardrobe War

    Posted on Jul 19, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    While staffers in Congress are complaining about the right to bare arms (and shoulders), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 221 is fighting for the right to wear Birkenstocks and swim trunks at work in the summer. Here’s the backstory. An official from the City of San Diego sent an email highlighting that a relaxed dress code would be maintained throughout the summer […]

  • SEIU Members Sue Mary Kay Henry Over Nevada Power Grab

    Posted on May 24, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union members to Mary Kay Henry: You crossed a line. A group of Nevada union members recently sued Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and other SEIU officials for seizing control of their local union. Last month, Henry removed Cherie Mancini, board member of the Nevada-based SEIU 1107, after Mancini cancelled a […]

  • Investigation of Boilermakers Reveals “Lavish Spending Practices and a Lack of Accountability”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    There’s wasteful spending and then there’s the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. According to a recent Kansas City Star investigation, the 58,000-member Boilermakers union has earned quite a reputation for “fine dining, stays in posh hotels, and expensive hunting retreats,” while union officials and their relatives take home hefty six-figure salaries. In 2016, President Newton Jones’ total compensation climbed to […]

  • Wall Street Journal Highlights SEIU’s Fight for $15 Boondoggle

    Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, CUF Executive Director Richard Berman explained how the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Fight for $15 has failed to recruit new union members. Citing the SEIU’s recently released 2016 financial filings, Mr. Berman finds that the union has spent at least $90 million on the campaign since its launch in 2012. However, […]