Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Mar 2013

  • Michigan Employees Now Have Right to Work

    Posted on Mar 29, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, Michigan’s right-to-work law, which bans forced dues arrangements that lock non-members into funding a union they aren’t part of, took effect. New contracts will no longer require employees to pay a union they may never have had the chance to even vote on or be fired. As a Detroit News op-ed observed: Workers will […]

  • Workers Centers: Labor Organizations That Aren’t “Labor Organizations”?

    Posted on Mar 28, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Organized labor knows that employees are leaving it in droves. That shouldn’t be surprising: A history of corruption, forcing employees to pay up for political causes with which they don’t agree, and driving companies into bankruptcy (and employees onto the unemployment line) with unreasonable demands should all be warning signs that unions aren’t the way […]

  • Ex-Union Members Know Why Unions Are Declining

    Posted on Mar 27, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of private-sector employees in unions has tumbled to a 70-year low. Only 6.6 percent of private-sector workers were union members in 2012. Unions’ failure to represent their members’ interests and overzealous defense of unsustainable benefits has hamstrung the airline, manufacturing, and automotive industries, and […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup: “Public Safety” Union Officials Behaving Badly

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    Federal authorities in San Diego are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of conspiracy and wire fraud against the former head of the National Border Patrol Council, the union of Border Patrol agents. Prosecutors claim that T.J. Bonner “billed personal expenses for wages, travel, meals, tickets to sporting events and other items to the union,” […]

  • “Workers’ Centers” Don’t Have a Loophole for All the Laws

    Posted on Mar 26, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Organized labor’s newest tactics — recently endorsed by the AFL-CIO — are so-called “New Models of Worker Representation” outside the framework of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). Both those laws place restrictions on labor unions to ensure that they actually have majority support of the workers they […]

  • Michigan Unions’ All-Out Assault on Employee Rights

    Posted on Mar 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    After a union-pushed proposal to forbid such a measure failed in a referendum, Michigan recently passed a right-to-work law granting employees the right to opt out of paying union dues and mandatory “agency fees.” Michigan’s law takes effect next week, which will make the longtime union spiritual home the 24th right-to-work state, and second in […]

  • The Record of Obama’s Apparent Next Labor Pick

    Posted on Mar 15, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions lost a key ally in the Obama Administration when Hilda Solis resigned earlier this year as Secretary of Labor. However, the President appears poised to pick a backer of a key Big Labor policy as her successor. Thomas Perez, currently an Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, is rumored to be the pick. […]

  • NLRB Heads Straight to SCOTUS to Pop Noel Canning

    Posted on Mar 13, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    After President Barack Obama illegally declared that three National Labor Relations Board nominees were “recess appointed” while the Senate was not in recess, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia voided the appointments in a decision called Noel Canning. Rather than appealing to the full D.C. Circuit, the NLRB (with the Obama administration’s […]