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Archive: Jan 2013

  • NLRB Gives “Alt-Labor” A Free Pass with Wal-Mart Decision

    Posted on Jan 31, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) must have carefully read Josh Eidelson’s article on “Alt-Labor” to learn that if it wants to help save unions, it needs to help out “worker centers.” The NLRB issued a news release today explaining its decision to hold in abeyance Wal-Mart’s charge that the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) committed an unfair […]

  • Labor’s Flawed Plan B: Become ROC Radicals

    Posted on Jan 30, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Organized labor just had a tough week. First, it had to endure the report of devastating membership numbers that show that only 11.3 percent of the workforce is stuck in a union. Then, the pro-union National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the President who blindly supports labor had to face the reality that the Board was illegally constituted, and its recent radical decisions may soon be no more. So after comically […]

  • News Roundup

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    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder puts right-to-work law before high court, making other challenges moot Fallout from the NLRB recess appointments decision continues: Sen. Alexander: Obama NLRB Appointees Should Resign Immediately Wall Street Journal Editorial: NLRB Disregards D.C. Circuit Ruling CUF in the news: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Labor’s backward movement by Richard Berman

  • Obama Risked Executive Power To Give Labor Its Payback

    Posted on Jan 29, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In President Obama’s recently extended quest to duly reward organized labor for helping him take the White House, he took a serious risk. When he couldn’t deliver “card check” with EFCA, Obama opted to illegally appoint three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The risk that Obama took was not only that his picks would be thrown out, but that the President’s recess appointment power would […]

  • News Roundup: Labor Spins For Damage Control

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    Labor’s Dizzying Spin on BLS Numbers Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times gives organized labor an outlet to deny that the emperor has no clothes.  In his follow-up piece on the unquestionably devastating drop in union membership last year, Greenhouse highlights labor’s gains in California and among Latinos. But even with this outlet, Greenhouse is quite fair in highlighting the collapse of labor in the […]

  • News Roundup: Center for Union Facts Coverage

    Posted on Jan 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the news that labor unions have shrunk to their lowest level in decades, many media outlets looked to the Center for Union Facts to weigh in. Reuters: U.S. union membership falls to lowest percentage in 76 years The activist group Center for Union Facts, which is critical of the labor movement, said unions have […]

  • Surrounded By Scandal? Perhaps You Should Run Our Union

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    Although former speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Christopher Donovan came up short in his run for Congress, the Hartford Courant reports that he’s being encouraged to campaign to be the next head of the state’s AFL-CIO. Donovan has a great prerequisite: he’s already involved in a serious scandal. A few months before the Democratic primary, seven people were indicted by a federal […]

  • BREAKING: D.C. Circuit Strikes Obama Recess Appointments to the NLRB

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    A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court has ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) does not have the required three-member quorum because President Obama’s appointments to the Board in January 2012 violated the Recess Appointments Clause. The opinion in Noel Canning v. NLRB, written by Chief Judge Sentelle, states that the Board’s decision […]