Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Apr 2007

  • No, There’s No Harassment Here …

    Posted on Apr 30, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Another great catch by Phillip Wilson at Laboring Away At The Institute: I ran across an unfair labor practice charge that I thought was interesting. You can download a copy of the charge here but the basic point is that (surprise, surprise) the union used a variety of heavy-handed tactics including, harassment, intimidation, threats, and […]

  • The NEA and Recruiters

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    Saturday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press has an editorial taking a critical look at an article in the April issue of NEA Today, the magazine of the National Education Association. Titled “Uncle Sam Wants…You?”, the union article in question scrutinizes military recruiters’ attempts to establish rapport with schoolteachers. As the critical Times Free Press editorial put […]

  • In The News …

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    A little too close to home: Pro-labor scholar starts his Los Angeles Times sales pitch for ending secret ballots with a quote from Karl Marx. More from L.A.: The LAT reports UFCW officials are calling in chits from local political allies to pressure grocery chains during L.A.’s Labor-Pa-Looza Part 2. Sick union tactics: A Wisconsin […]

  • With Dues Like These …

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    They say you gotta pay your dues. But shouldn’t those dues be less than what you’re making? Even as tensions rise in the what may later be dubbed “Southern California Grocery Apocalypse II: The Sad Sequel,” members from UFCW continue to note their unhappiness with their union bosses — especially over the issue of dues. […]

  • The Unions’ View of History

    Posted on Apr 27, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    According to the Bureau of National Affairs’ Daily Labor Report, the AFL-CIO’s Sheldon Friedman made the interesting claim that the anti-democratic “Employee Free Choice Act” could be the “most important” labor legislation since the 1935 National Labor Relations Act. Wow. One little statement can say a lot. The 1935 Act was crucial because it gave […]

  • A Visit to the Rubber Room

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    There’s something about New York City’s “rubber rooms” (where unionized teachers with tenure are paid not to work) that makes for an endless number of good stories. Previous examples we’ve written up include a teacher accused of making “Columbine-like threats”, a gentleman who allegedly can’t stop leering at girls leaving the restroom, and another with […]

  • UFCW: Workers’ Rights … Right After the Money

    Posted on Apr 26, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    If a union official tells you that he’s looking to add to his membership just to help out the workers, you’d be forgiven for asking one or two pertinent follow-up questions. Like, say, how they choose the places they want to organize. In Colorado, a UFCW organizer explained how he picked some casinos over others: […]

  • Grassroots Fighting Union Boss Crime and Corruption

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    “On October 14th, 2006 AUD held a one-day conference to assess fifty years of efforts by unionists and government agencies to drive out the mob and rid unions of corruption.” Listen to the audio, especially the section by Robert Fitch, author of Solidarity for Sale.