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  • “Worker Committees” a $15 Million SEIU Project

    Posted on Apr 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve covered the SEIU-led campaign to organize fast food restaurants without a secret ballot—a.k.a. by “card check”—since it began nearly two years ago. It’s a big push by one of America’s most aggressive labor organizations get two big “wins” for the union: A minimum-wage hike—which our research shows would benefit SEIU directly in addition to […]

  • Beware SEIU, Especially Bearing “Polls”

    Posted on Apr 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported on a “poll” by Hart Research purporting to show widespread labor law violations in the restaurant industry. The dubious survey was commissioned by the SEIU-backed worker center “Low Pay Is Not OK,” a national umbrella front group for SEIU’s other “worker organizing committees.” Hart is a big-time union […]

  • Fast Food Flopward

    Posted on Mar 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We noted earlier this week that the Service Employees International Union-backed worker centers, following a playbook to organize restaurant workers by an intimidation-laced national card-check campaign, were going to protest fast food franchises. They did, and basically nothing happened—all the “strikes” were stage-managed stunts. You don’t have to take our word for it: The Associated […]

  • SEIU Draws on Exhausted “Strike” Playbook for Card Check and News Hits

    Posted on Mar 18, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, proto-union “worker centers” set up by the SEIU will stage demonstrations in up to 30 cities in support of SEIU’s “Fight for 15” organizing campaign. The demonstrations are part of an ongoing, complex, and sophisticated campaign to organize restaurant employees without a secret ballot under card check arrangements. Today’s protests are expected to focus […]

  • SEIU Corporate Campaign Gridlocks Steel City

    Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an age of unions-in-all-but-label-only “worker centers,” the traditional union brand-attack corporate campaign has fallen somewhat out of favor. Not in Pittsburgh, though: The SEIU, partnering with public relations firm Berlin Rosen—both also deeply involved in New York City’s Fast Food Forward worker center campaign—has taken to the streets to pressure the University of Pittsburgh […]

  • CUF Exposes Black Friday Not-Strikes

    Posted on Dec 02, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    For millions of Americans, the Friday after Thanksgiving (and these days, also part of Thanksgiving night) is the shopping day of the year. For unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers, it’s a day to puff up your chests, hire protesters, and ally with left wing groups to bother non-unionized retailers. But as our […]

  • Astroturfing a Worker Center 101

    Posted on Nov 13, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve suspected that “worker centers” leading the walkouts of fast food restaurants and big-box retailers are union front groups, and evidence continues to pour in that not only are unions bankrolling the campaign, but unions are also deeply involved in strategy, organizing, and tactics. Two new items of evidence have come out in the past […]

  • 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 […]