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Archive: Nov 2012

  • CA SEIU Fights Own Members To Remain Accountability-Free

    Posted on Nov 29, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions like to play up the fantasy that they stand for “the little guy.”  But that illusion quickly fades when labor leaders have to deal with those little people, and especially if those people are members of the union. The latest exhibit is Mariam Noujaim, an Egyptian immigrant and member of the 95,000-member SEIU Local […]

  • Labor Has Little to Be Thankful For in November

    Posted on Nov 28, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor is getting noticed, but for all the wrong reasons. While most Americans celebrated Thanksgiving last week, labor unions pushed what columnist Michelle Malkin called “Strikesgiving.” In a month that began with an election with mixed results for labor, November culminated with a complete failure for unions both at the bargaining table and in the press room. But […]

  • What if there is no union label?

    Posted on Nov 27, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor wants everyone to “look for the union label,” but what if the union label isn’t real? According to Gawker, that’s the problem with Unionmade clothing in San Francisco. Despite the name, the store doesn’t actually have many goods that are made by union members: If you want to have an attractively curated store that sells insanely overpriced […]

  • The Wal-Mart Not-Strike by the Not-Labor Union

    Posted on Nov 26, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you went to a Wal-Mart this weekend, chances are that you had more trouble getting to the best deals thanks to obstructions from your fellow shoppers, not because of a much-ballyhooed, but little-attended labor action. It turns out that the proposed strike, walkout, protest — whatever you want to call it — really didn’t amount to anything. And even if […]

  • The White Knight Comes for the Snacks, Not for the Union

    Posted on Nov 20, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Twinkie the Kid was known for saving Twinkies from evil-doers in his classic commercials. Unfortunately, the Kid was no match for destructive union leadership. Will someone else come to the rescue? Fans of Hostess snacks are hoping that other bakers will run to the brand in the same way they had a run on the products this weekend. And […]

  • Trumka’s Ho-Hos Attack is Ho-Hum

    Posted on Nov 16, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unlike Twinkies, which have been rumored to last forever — and now might not last another week thanks to a union strike — labor’s arguments can get stale pretty quickly. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka seems to think that just because labor paid millions for its political messaging in 2012 that the campaign slogans can be reused for anything. In a statement on the Hostess liquidation, Trumka […]

  • Senator Confused About “False Equivalency” in Campaign Finance

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    After surviving a bruising reelection campaign, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wants to reign in political spending by passing new campaign finance reforms. He’s targeting labor and Democrats’ favorite whipping boy, the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. Brown said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that in order to alleviate some of the problems of corporate political spending, corporations should […]