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Archive: Apr 2013

  • Kaiser Permanente SEIU Scrum Shows Labor’s Weakness

    Posted on Apr 30, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Usually when the SEIU is in a (figurative) dogfight with another group, it isn’t another union. In California though, the SEIU is fighting another union (the National Union of Healthcare Workers or NUHW) for the right to represent employees of Kaiser Permanente hospitals. SEIU, which lost 45,000 members last year, currently represents Kaiser employees, but […]

  • Not-Unions Back on Not-Strike

    Posted on Apr 24, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Amid declining support and dwindling membership rolls, Big Labor continues its latest tactic to try to prevent its own demise. In the spirit of escaping the negative connotations associated with the “union” label (i.e. a history of corruption, driving companies into bankruptcy, and forcing employees to pay for political causes they don’t agree with), organized […]

  • MSNBC Labor Writer: Union Officials Can Exploit Union Members

    Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Everyone knows that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, but did you also know that union bosses need to exploit a few union members to keep the labor movement strong? That’s what MSNBC’s labor writer argues in the latest issue of Jacobin (an appropriately-named outlet for such a statement, given […]

  • Proposed Management Reporting Rule a Costly Gift to Union Bosses

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    The Obama Administration has made no secret of its efforts to stall the decline in union memberships not by reforming unions but by curtailing employee and management rights. The Department of Labor alone has reduced union transparency by abolishing certain reporting requirements and cut the number of investigations into union financial impropriety. Former Secretary of […]

  • Hearings on Labor Nominee Perez Start

    Posted on Apr 19, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently began its hearings on Thomas Perez’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. Many are asking questions about Perez’s record, but our Executive Director writes in POLITICO that Senators should be very interested in his and the Labor Department’s agenda: The Senate’s HELP Committee should have no […]

  • Twenty-Month Stoppage Yields Workers Hardship but Little Benefit

    Posted on Apr 16, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In summer 2011, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union — the same union whose strike killed Hostess — representing workers at American Crystal Sugar rejected a final contract offer and were locked out of their jobs. The union demanded that competitiveness-harming policies like seniority promotion remain in the contract, so despite […]

  • Heritage Action Scores Federal Paycheck Protection Vote

    Posted on Apr 15, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    A couple of weeks ago at the beginning of April, the Senate held a so-called “vote-a-rama” on dozens of amendments to the Senate version of the budget. One of those amendments, introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), was a provision which would forbid federal agencies from automatically deducting union dues from employees’ paychecks. And […]

  • Union Corruption Update: Confessing to Four Percent of the Crime Isn’t Confessing

    Posted on Apr 10, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Washington Examiner reports that the former secretary of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers pleaded guilty to embezzling $200,000 in Political Action Committee contributions for which she was responsible. She previously admitted internally to taking $7300: A Department of Labor investigation revealed that she had actually written $502,586 in […]