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  • SEIU Scraps Health and Safety Program. Too Much Politics?

    Posted on Jun 21, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to Jordan Barab, a former Labor Department official under President Obama and longtime union staffer, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is scrapping its health and safety program. The SEIU—America’s largest labor union and one of its most politically active—is laying off its last health and safety official, Mark Catlin, next month. As Barab […]

  • Airbnb Secures a Union Deal—And the Baggage Coming With It

    Posted on Mar 05, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    Airbnb recently secured a deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW), which won a union contract covering nearly 150 cafeteria workers at four Airbnb facilities. Winning union approval wasn’t smooth sailing. In 2016, a controversial deal between Airbnb and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) fell apart after backlash from the hotel union UNITE HERE, which has long criticized […]

  • Sexual Harassment Allegations? Don’t Forget Big Labor

    Posted on Dec 01, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, sexual harassment allegations have shaken the country. But alleged sexual misconduct isn’t exclusive to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Don’t forget Big Labor! In October, we reported on the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) own history of harassment. Back then, Executive Vice President Scott […]

  • 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 […]