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Archive: Oct 2012

  • Unions Scold Corporations… For Trying to Keep Up With Union Politicking

    Posted on Oct 31, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    As usual, unions are trying to have have their cake and eat it, too.  In this case, unions will spend tens of millions of dollars this election cycle telling their members which candidates to vote for, but at the same time, they are criticizing employers who engage in the same activity as being “improperly coercive.” Steven […]

  • The Unions’ Cross To Bear?

    Posted on Oct 29, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor unions’ political activity is best framed as a byproduct of collective bargaining. Without the exclusivity of a collective bargaining unit, unions could not compel “opt-in” status of their members.  With the help of payroll deductions, “giving” by their membership is easy. Proposition 32, which will appear on the ballot in California, would stop the […]

  • A Brotherhood of Convenience

    Posted on Oct 26, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you’ve ever questioned if labor unions are inherently self-interested, just take a look at any union-versus-union showdown. The latest face off is playing out in the federal courts and on Capitol Hill. But don’t let politics distract from the real story: Unions are only looking out for themselves. President Obama’s immigration policy is forcing a wedge between […]

  • Guest Blog: F. Vincent Vernuccio on Michigan’s Proposal 2

    Posted on Oct 24, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the title “Protect Working Families,” it is understandable that both union and nonunion Michiganders might be enticed to pass Proposal 2 this November. But put more accurately, Proposal 2 is the “collective bargaining” amendment that would give union leadership the power to effectively veto state law and radically reverse major reforms in education and government […]

  • The Fast Track To Embezzlement

    Posted on Oct 23, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    All aboard the union corruption train. Robert Lauermann , the former secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 682 in Whiting, Indiana was convicted but able to avoid jail time for his theft from the union. Lauermann was indicted for embezzlement in April 2011 and pleaded guilty a year later. Lauermann has to pay $5,743 in restitution to […]

  • Minimum Facts in AFL-CIO Minimum Wage Push

    Posted on Oct 19, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions in California are busy playing politics this season. In addition to labor’s push against paycheck protection, the AFL-CIO has been particularly outspoken in supporting—and funding–a San Jose referendum that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $10 per hour. (The campaign even appears to be headquartered at the offices of the AFL-CIO’s South Bay Labor Council.) Proponents claim that […]

  • Sex Offenders, Drugs, and Union Contracts

    Posted on Oct 16, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    As time goes on, more unintended consequences of Michigan’s Proposal 2 are becoming apparent. Sometimes known as the “Trojan horse amendment,” Prop 2 would enshrine collective bargaining into Michigan’s constitution, making it impossible for elected legislators to institute Right to Work laws without another amendment. According to Michigan’s Attorney General, Prop 2 would invalidate 170 laws […]

  • Do You Stand With Dougco Kids?

    Posted on Oct 04, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    When a Washington D.C. union boss comes to town, take notice. If that boss promises to come back again, take cover. “This is not my first trip to Colorado, and it won’t be my last,” said Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Coloradoans—you’ve been warned. Weingarten, the former head of the AFT’s […]