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Archive: Nov 2013

  • Ex-Big Labor Lawyer Resigns Under Pressure from Government Post

    Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Washington Examiner’s Luke Rosiak reports that the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), George Cohen, is resigning in advance of a Congressional investigation of the Service’s spending habits. The Examiner notes that Congress is investigating “allegations of excessive spending, improper use of government purchase cards, conflicts of interest, contracting irregularities, and retaliation […]

  • OUR Walmart Leans Forward with Few Employees

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    On Friday, masses of Americans will storm shopping centers looking for deals. We can also confidently predict that the vast majority of hourly associates at Wal-Mart will not walk out on their shifts. Even MSNBC, the liberal-leaning news organ that gives an hour of primetime to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 (among […]

  • What Do “Associate Voices” Have to Say About Working at Wal-Mart?

    Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an effort to try to fluff up its Astroturf campaign against the world’s largest retailer, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group OUR Walmart has a “grassroots” “Associate Voices” page. Here are some sample comments that Wal-Mart employees have left on the site. Many complain about particular managers or difficulty getting hours, but […]

  • “Dealing With” The Worker Center

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    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has been trying to unionize Wal-Mart stores for over 15 years and had little success despite multiple incarnations of anti-corporate campaigns. The most recent in this series is a two-fer: Making Change at Walmart (an open UFCW project) and the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR […]

  • NLRB, UFCW, and Wal-Mart: A Tale of Two Hours’ Time

    Posted on Nov 19, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, at precisely 5:12 PM Eastern Standard Time, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced by press release that it was authorizing complaints against Wal-Mart at the behest of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). Setting aside the fact that the announcement comes just a week before the UFCW plans to picket the […]

  • Editorial: ERA Best Response to Minimum Wage Push

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    As organizations, newspapers, and others start to line up in support of the Employee Rights Act, The Washington Examiner has an interesting take on the ERA’s prospects in Congress: The ERA is also the GOP’s best response to the Democratic-backed Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to a job-destroying $10.10. […]