Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Sep 2007 (Page 2)

  • Tribune Doesn’t Mince Words on Union Politics

    Posted on Sep 26, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    From the Chicago Tribune this morning — from reporters, not columnists: Three top Democratic presidential contenders used a Chicago union meeting to pledge their fealty to organized labor Tuesday even though one union regarded as among the most politically influential in the nation has decided to hold off on any endorsement.

  • UAW’s Funny Definition of Success

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    According to the Detroit Free Press, here is what this morning’s agreement between General Motors and the United Auto Workers “won” for the union: No wage increases. A $3,000 signing bonus for workers. A two-tier wage and benefits scale for new hires. A second-tier of compensation for jobs that GM and the UAW agreed are […]

  • IBM Strike Targets Virtual World

    Posted on Sep 25, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    When is a strike not a strike? With changing technology, that’s an important question. The AFL-CIO and UNI are supporting a planned virtual strike against IBM. Employees from as many as 18 countries are reportedly ready to participate. But here’s the puzzling kicker: “Be aware that IBM US employees participating in this virtual strike must […]

  • When Both Sides Fail

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The Wall Street Journal, in its lead editorial this morning, sums up the problem facing GM and the UAW: The Big Three’s woes — from shrinking market share to high benefit costs to overcapacity — were built up over decades. They’re the fault of both management and the UAW, which saw these problems coming but […]

  • Union Facts Shameless Self-Promotion

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Since the UAW has shown a flair for theatrics in its negotiations with General Motors, we thought we’d demonstrate a similar pizazz. has a good round-up of the labor strife, and they were kind enough to include our thoughts: However, Bret Jacobson, senior research analyst at the Center for Union Facts (CUF), told Cybercast […]


    Posted on Sep 24, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    From the Union-Free Employer blog.

  • … So Why Do We Have to Kill Democratic Ballots?

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Good news from the folks at the AFL-CIO. Union membership is up! In fact, the headline over the federation’s Now blog says it all: Workers Joining AFL-CIO Unions at Highest Rate in Two Generations. The highlights: Between 2004 and 2006, according to documents filed with the U.S. Labor Department, the combined growth of AFL-CIO unions […]