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Archive: Feb 2013

  • Book Review: The Devil At Our Doorstep

    Posted on Feb 28, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    We’ve been chronicling the tactics of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for years. But David Bego knows what the SEIU is like up close and personal.  In his first book, Devil at My Doorstep: Protecting Employee Rights, Bego details how the SEIU aggressively came after his business in a typical anti-corporate campaign. His company, EMS, was targeted for unionization for […]

  • CUF in the Wall Street Journal: Labor and the Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 26, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Turn to page A13 of the Wall Street Journal this morning, and you’ll find our Executive Director Richard Berman alerting readers of the country’s highest-circulation newspaper to our research into union collective bargaining agreements and the minimum wage clauses that can be found in them. Berman writes: The labor contracts that we examined used a variety of methods to trigger the increases. […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup: Academy Awards Edition

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    On the Waterfront: Terminal operator sues longshoremen’s union for racketeering The Newark Star-Ledger reports that American Stevedoring, a former operator of shipping terminals in Newark and Brooklyn, has alleged that officials of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) are involved in organized crime. The company sued the ILA and its leadership for $160 million for what American Stevedoring says […]

  • News Roundup: NYC Labor in the News

    Posted on Feb 25, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Huffington Post: Armored Car Drivers Try To Unionize In New York City Labor wants to make greater inroads into security, a field with traditionally low unionization rates. Bloomberg: N.Y. MTA Labor Talks Drag as Union Fights Part-Time Bus Drivers Union officials of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 continue to urge ignorance of reality as unionized drivers continue […]

  • News Roundup: 2-22-13

    Posted on Feb 22, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Wall Street Journal: Business, Labor Groups Find Little Accord on Immigration The agreement involves “guiding principles” that both sides have agreed to, but is not the comprehensive plan that was hoped for. Anchorage Daily News:  Labor lawyers try to rip apart mayor’s proposal to rein in unions Labor speaks out against the Anchorage proposal that would reform […]

  • UFCW Promotes CUF Study On Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 21, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    It’s rare when the Center for Union Facts and labor see eye to eye, at least in public. Sure, we’ve had pro-labor spokespersons like the late George McGovern come out in favor of our principles in the past, but union leaders don’t usually cite our work. Now, CUF’s research on minimum wage increases and collective bargaining agreements is being promoted by the […]

  • It’s Official: Doing Union Work On The Job Takes Time

    Posted on Feb 20, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    As The Washington Examiner reports, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has finished calculating the time and costs of federal union “official time” for fiscal year 2011. “Official time” or “release time” is the time that union officials spend on dealing with union representational matters while they are being paid by the employer–in this case, the federal government. The numbers […]

  • News Roundup: More Labor Pushback In the States

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    The Olympian: No collective bargaining for state worker health care under Tom bill A Democrat legislator has proposed adding a special wellness program to the benefits of every state employee–but in turn, would limit health care as a collective bargaining issue. The Washington Federation of State Employees has called this “an assault on one of our bargaining rights.” […]