Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Mar 2012

  • Unionization Goes to Pot

    Posted on Mar 30, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are gambling that labor unions can keep them in business. With the Obama administration threatening to shut down pot shops across California, LA proprietors are seeking employee unionization as a way to head the White House off at the pass. The owners, the Huffington Post reports, “turned to the United […]

  • With Court Blessing, NLRB Keeps Up Union-Friendly Rulings

    Posted on Mar 26, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this month, a judge ruled that private businesses are required to display posters showing workers how to unionize. With the ruling going into effect on April 30, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has plans for a big campaign around the change. Notably, the mandated poster doesn’t explain how to decertify a union—a right […]

  • Will Unions Hold Cellphone Carriers Hostage?

    Posted on Mar 23, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    During AT&T’s recent attempt to acquire T-Mobile, its cooperation with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) was considered a model of how businesses and unions could proactively work together. So much for all that: “Two months after the $39 billion deal collapsed,” The Wall Street Journal reports, “some union leaders say the carrier doesn’t seem […]

  • Right to Work Back on Track in New Hampshire

    Posted on Mar 20, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Late last year, House lawmakers in the Granite State failed to override Gov. John Lynch’s veto of legislation barring unions from imposing “a share of costs” on non-members, also known as “right-to-work.” The House fell 12 votes short of the two-thirds necessary to put the option before New Hampshire’s Senate. Now, however, similar legislation is […]

  • Which Workers’ Rights Really Work?

    Posted on Mar 14, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Recently, authors Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit raised the idea of a “civil right to unionize” in a New York Times op-ed. For Kahlenberg and Marvit, it’s not enough that workers have the opportunity to organize if they think it is in their interests. AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka agreed. “Everybody should have the right to […]

  • CUF’s ERA Campaign Hits Vegas

    Posted on Mar 13, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    What’s true in Nevada is all too true around the country – employees often can’t vote by secret ballot on basic issues such as whether to recertify their unions, or to unionize in the first place. They have almost no control over whether their dues money is funneled into political campaigns or the pockets of […]

  • Union Corruption Uncovered: Embezzlement Lands Labor Officials In Court

    Posted on Mar 08, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Where are your union dues going? You might find them in court, where union officers are facing embezzlement charges. Freda Hensley, a former Steelworkers Union president, recently admitted to ripping off members to the tune of $38,000. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston gave her five years of probation — a slap on the wrist. But […]