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Archive: Apr 2012

  • Senate Dems Sink Bid to Block NLRB’s Quickie Elections Ruling

    Posted on Apr 27, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Every Senate Democrat voted against a Republican measure to nullify the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial ruling in favor of “quickie” or “ambush” votes on unionization. Labor experts believe the NLRB rule will slash the time between calling and holding an election from 40 days to as few as 14. There has been an outcry from […]

  • Big Labor Tramples Employee Rights

    Posted on Apr 25, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Newt Gingrich recently wrote the column below for Human Events: Big Labor asserts that workers have rights to a workweek capped at 40 hours, a certain amount of paid vacation, and unsustainable pension programs. Rights, in fact, to lots of things—but not to leave the union or to stop funding their political activities. The Employee […]

  • NLRB to Delay Implementation of Employee Rights Notice Poster

    Posted on Apr 19, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    A federal court blocked the NLRB from issuing a rule requiring employers to display posters explaining workers’ collective bargaining rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered an emergency injunction on the rule, pending appeal. The poster rule, set to go into effect on April 30, will now be delayed […]

  • Unions Working Overtime to Fight Right-to-Work

    Posted on Apr 12, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    As unions are finding out, there’s nothing quite like being on the unpopular side of an election year issue. A fresh round of polls shows that, unlike unions, right-to-work legislation is very favorable in the Midwest. In Ohio, a new report by the Buckeye Institute shows that “[i]ncome, job numbers and capital investment is growing […]

  • Union Sues Indiana on Right to Work; Cites Citizens United?

    Posted on Apr 10, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to President Obama, striking down the Affordable Care Act would be unforgivable judicial activism. According to his grassroots base, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was an unjustifiable vote in favor of unbridled corporate power. But according to one union, Citizens United is proof that Indiana’s right-to-work law unconstitutionally infringes unions’ free speech rights—by […]

  • Unions Hard At Work Occupying the 99%

    Posted on Apr 05, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    It would appear that the Occupy movement is now being co-opted by labor unions. For unions, the freshness, energy, and publicity surrounding the movement is a rare opportunity to make news for reasons other than declining membership rolls. Union leaders are wrapping themselves with the Occupy banner both rhetorically and literally. SEIU President Mary Kay […]

  • UAW hopes to pull VW from the nonunion wagon

    Posted on Apr 03, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Rather than an American manufacturer leading the way, Volkswagen has forged ahead with non-union labor at its busy plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The company has created over 2,700 jobs. It may sound like a success story, but to the UAW, it’s grounds for action. “The United Auto Workers union,” The Tennessean reports, “has begun passing […]