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Archive: Feb 2009

  • Dear Andy, will you put your money where your mouth is?

    Posted on Feb 27, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week Andy Stern challenged the Chamber of Commerce to debate him on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), saying: “Why don’t we just have a public debate about the Employee Free Choice Act? If he [the Chamber] feels as strongly as he does, he should be willing to have a public discussion so we […]

  • News Roundup: Is SEIU winning or losing?

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    NUHW claims to be close to decertifying 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers out of SEIU. GM loses money in yet another quarter. Does this even count as news anymore? Andy Stern says that he already has 60 votes in the Senate for EFCA.  He may be counting his chickens a little too early. Saul Anuzis has […]

  • News Roundup:Interviews and Economists

    Posted on Feb 26, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    Check out this video of Andy Stern’s interview in USA Today.  They take some great questions from readers. The San Francisco Chronicle is having serious financial problems.  It’s hard running a newspaper these days and even harder to juggle a labor union at the same time. The Greenville News supports secret ballots and warns about […]

  • News Roundup: Fights, Buyouts, and Celebrations

    Posted on Feb 25, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    USA Today is interviewing Andy Stern and wants to know, “What would you ask SEIU President Andy Stern?” There are a lot good questions in the comments section.  Let’s hope USA Today uses some of them. Solis is finally cleared as the new labor secretary.  Big Labor is overjoyed. Politico covers EFCA’s slowdown.  How’s this […]

  • News Roundup: SEIU, UNITE HERE, and Michigan

    Posted on Feb 24, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    SEIU/UHW are locking horns. Unfair labor practices have been filed and elections for the moment are on hold. SEIU is spending big bucks to get Sara Feigenholtz to take Rahm Emanuel’s empty seat.  Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley and State Rep. John Fritchey commented on the move: “Every poll I’ve heard or seen, we’re ahead,” […]

  • Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: EFCA will eliminate elections

    Posted on Feb 23, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    A lot has been said about how the Employee Free Choice Act effectively eliminates secret ballot elections for unionization. All the rhetoric boils down to a single phrase in the law: If the Board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or […]

  • News Roundup: Battles and Truces

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    In the face of budget cuts, the California Nurses Association and SEIU call a truce. A new poll says that only 52 percent of likely voters in Michigan support additional loans to GM and Chrysler.  I’m surprised the support isn’t greater.  You would think that the result would be 60-70 percent.  The poll also says […]

  • News Roundup: EFCA, Nurses, and UNITE HERE

    Posted on Feb 20, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    Op-ed rips Robert Reich on his EFCA stance. A Maine Editorial slams EFCA. Three nurses unions merge to form a giant 150,000 person organization. The union owned Amalgamated Bank is one of the prizes sought in the UNITE HERE struggle. An interesting quote from the article: That’s where Andy Stern comes in. His 2-million member […]