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Archive: Mar 2009 (Page 2)

  • Shameless Ad by ARW

    Posted on Mar 26, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    A new ad (pictured) by American Rights at Work is deceptive in what it omits. It quotes from a March 20th Wall Street Journal editorial, but hides the full quote from readers. Here is the quote, in its entirety: “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice […]

  • News Roundup: Compromise Coming to DC, Card Check in Indiana

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The WSJ reports that Starbucks, Costco, and Whole Foods’ CEOs are apparently coming to DC in the coming weeks in order to push their compromise plan. Given that Specter left the door open to a different bill, who knows what could be proposed next as a “compromise.” The Politico reports that moderate Dems are saying […]

  • News Roundup: Specter’s Statement, the Continuing Fight

    Posted on Mar 25, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Just in case you haven’t heard, Specter announced his opposition to EFCA and to voting for cloture. You can watch a video of his speech on LaborPains here. But don’t get out the champagne just yet. The Hill quotes Reid saying that EFCA’s not dead: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed the suggestion that […]

  • SEIU Takes “Out of Context” to a Whole New Level

    Posted on Mar 20, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Misleading commentary from the SEIU is nothing new, but a post on their blog today is truly astounding. In a laughable attempt to claim that EFCA will preserve workers’ right to a secret ballot, they quote today’s Wall Street Journal editorial, saying: “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act…” […]

  • Union of Union Representatives Sues Union… Huh?

    Posted on Mar 19, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    SEIU is back in the news this week, thanks to the Washington Post: The Service Employees International Union, considered the most influential union in the nation, has notified the union that represents about 220 of its national field staff and organizers that 75 of them are being laid off. In return, the workers’ union, which […]

  • Lies, Damn Lies, and Union Polls

    Posted on Mar 17, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    A couple new polls this week, including one from Gallup that unions are sure to latch on to. Yesterday a new Rasmussen poll asked Americans if they would like to join a union. The results are a reminder of why union bosses are afraid of democratic elections: only nine percent (9%) of non-union workers would […]

  • UFCW Union Card Deception

    Posted on Mar 12, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    On Tuesday,’s Christopher Bean did a good job explaining how the Employee Free Choice Act effectively eliminates secret ballots in union organizing campaigns. He wrote: Union elections are more complicated than either side admits. Maybe that’s why debate over the EFCA hangs on a single, simple question: Does the measure eliminate the “secret ballot” […]