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  • Exposing SEIU’s Fake Fast Food “Strikes”

    Posted on May 15, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve highlighted how unions (the Service Employees International Union in particular) fund campaigns using “worker centers” before. But as we’re telling Detroit News readers, minimum wage protests are being mislabeled as employee “strikes” while in reality, they’re protests coordinated by Big Labor and run by Big Labor’s PR flacks. We’re also setting the record straight with a new report from our WorkerCenters.com project that shows just how stage-managed these […]

  • SEIU Fronts Find New Federal Ally

    Posted on May 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    From the moment President Obama was elected, labor unions have demanded what former AFSCME boss Gerald McEntee memorably called “payback” for putting millions of dollars behind his election efforts. This week, “payback” came in the form of a new director of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), David Weil. Weil is a former […]

  • 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 […]

  • Worker Centers Worry Union Rules Might Apply

    Posted on Jan 30, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York Times recently covered the debate over “worker centers,” the latest incarnation of union front groups. Worker Centers like Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and OUR Walmart — a subsidiary organization of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union — continue to exploit a loophole in labor law. The National Labor Relations Act […]

  • 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 […]

  • OUR Walmart Leans Forward with Few Employees

    Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    On Friday, masses of Americans will storm shopping centers looking for deals. We can also confidently predict that the vast majority of hourly associates at Wal-Mart will not walk out on their shifts. Even MSNBC, the liberal-leaning news organ that gives an hour of primetime to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 (among […]

  • What Do “Associate Voices” Have to Say About Working at Wal-Mart?

    Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an effort to try to fluff up its Astroturf campaign against the world’s largest retailer, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group OUR Walmart has a “grassroots” “Associate Voices” page. Here are some sample comments that Wal-Mart employees have left on the site. Many complain about particular managers or difficulty getting hours, but […]

  • “Dealing With” The Worker Center

    Posted on Nov 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has been trying to unionize Wal-Mart stores for over 15 years and had little success despite multiple incarnations of anti-corporate campaigns. The most recent in this series is a two-fer: Making Change at Walmart (an open UFCW project) and the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR […]