Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: May 2012

  • Union v. Union: Hypocrisy at the NEA

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    While unions can sometimes be cutthroat in competition with rival unions, it’s even more ironic when a union is picketed by its own staff. At the National Education Association (NEA) headquarters, the union representing NEA staff is picketing over the ongoing struggle to hammer out a new contract, according to The National Review. The issue […]

  • The Revolving Door at the NLRB

    Posted on May 25, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO announced that former NLRB member Craig Becker is set to become co-general counsel of the labor federation. He will join AFL-CIO General Counsel  in leading the labor group’s legal team. “The strengths of these two extraordinary lawyers, Becker and Rhinehart, are a perfect complement, and together they will lead a powerhouse […]

  • United Auto Workers should stick to cars, not cards

    Posted on May 11, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Just how pushy can unions get when trying to organize new members? For the United Auto Workers, the answer is as simple as it is audacious: they orchestrated a mock card check election, make employees believe unionization was inevitable, and did it all with the complicity of public officials. Luckily for employees, they were going […]

  • UAW Cuts Rival Union Out of Auto Recovery

    Posted on May 01, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Though the size and influence of the United Auto Workers (UAW) has waned  over the past couple of decades, the union cashed a substantial amount of political capital to help secure the 2007 bailout of the auto industry. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the union has made sure to protect its members–even at the […]