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Archive: Jun 2012

  • The other constitutional issue of the day

    Posted on Jun 28, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    While other folks might be wrapped up in discussing other constitutional matters today, union members and employers alike should still be concerned about President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. In January, while the Senate was holding pro-forma sessions in order to keep the Congress out of recess, Obama appointed three new […]

  • Union leaders favor raising their own coffers over raising salaries of deserving employees

    Posted on Jun 27, 2012 by J. Justin Wilson

    Do you deserve a raise? If you’re in a union, good luck getting one. Chances are your union contract is one of the 80 percent that do not allow individual workers to receive merit-based pay increases. That problem could have been solved with the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act, sponsored by Sen. Marco […]

  • Votes for Some

    Posted on Jun 25, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    The Communication Workers of America (CWA) is in an ongoing dispute with bankrupt American Airlines over an attempt to unionize the struggling carrier’s passenger service agents. Under National Mediation Board (NMB) rules—as an air carrier, American’s labor rules are set by the Railway Labor Act — 50 percent of the agents must sign a statement […]

  • Supreme Court Rules SEIU Can’t Take Public Workers’ Pay for Politicking Without Asking

    Posted on Jun 21, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Today’s Supreme Court decision in Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could be a big step forward for employee rights. The Court found that SEIU Local 1000 violated public sector workers’ First Amendment rights by compelling non-members to pay for political activism. The case revolved around SEIU funding of ballot measure campaign groups in […]


    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    Across the rust belt and beyond, state legislatures are considering much-needed workplace reforms. High-profile victories, including Indiana’s enactment of right-to-work legislation, have intensified calls for changes to our 1940s-era labor laws and specifically, passage of the Employee Rights Act (ERA). The ERA is not the typical power grab attempted by management or union leaders at […]

  • A Brouhaha Over Who Represents Two Employees

    Posted on Jun 20, 2012 by J. Justin Wilson

    There is an ongoing dispute between two unions over which should represent two Port of Portland workers, and now it has become so acrimonious the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has intervened. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) dispute which union has the right to represent the […]

  • SEIU: Only We Are Allowed to Give Pay Raises

    Posted on Jun 19, 2012 by Michael Moroney

    Unions constantly complain about low wages for workers, and supposedly fight on behalf of their members for more pay. Why then would the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) oppose legislation that would give employees a bigger paycheck? Today, the SEIU sent out an email warning about the dangers of the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Center for Union Facts Obtains Internal Wisconsin Education Association Council Messaging Document

    Posted on Jun 13, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    In the aftermath of the Wisconsin recall election, many public sector unions are still licking their wounds—and apparently leaving their internal documents out in the open. In an internal memo obtained by the Center for Union Facts, the Wisconsin Education Association Council outlines the communications strategy for messaging against “Walker and his right-wing allies.” A few […]