Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Apr 2014

  • Big Labor’s D.C. Thunderdome

    Posted on Apr 30, 2014 by Team

    Two union activists enter: One union activist leaves. That seems to be the story of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500’s attempt to organize left-wing media criticism outfit Media Matters for America. David Brock, the CEO of the aggressively pro-union group, isn’t too eager to have his staff unionized. He has refused a card […]

  • Federal Agency Backs Unions with Cash

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    There’s an old saying: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck,  it’s probably a duck.” The same principle holds for corrupt federal agencies. The Washington Examiner’s Luke Rosiak recently covered the departure of labor union-friendly lawyer George Cohen from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) — a federal agency charged with mediating labor-management contracts — amid […]

  • Employee Rights Act Grabs Attention

    Posted on Apr 29, 2014 by Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA), a proposed piece of federal legislation that gives a host of individual rights to workers, is picking up steam in the press. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently editorialized that protecting workers’ secret ballots is a “must” to protect workers’ rights and end corrupt union practices. The editors noted that ERA would do just that. Meanwhile, […]

  • SEIU Favors Dues Over Democracy

    Posted on Apr 24, 2014 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) touts itself as “democratic” and “equitable.” It may need to consult a dictionary. SEIU Local 221 in San Diego held an internal officer election last December. Union members protested the results of the election after just 41 of the 5,000 members—less than 1 percent—actually filled out ballots to vote, forcing the local chapter […]

  • Randi’s Loss Is NYC Education’s Gain

    Posted on Apr 23, 2014 by Team

    New York’s parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the latest threat to their child’s education has been defeated. A New York Supreme Court Judge has thrown out a lawsuit by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 2, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), against certain charter school “co-locations” — the practice of allowing charters to use vacant space […]

  • Congressman Shacks Up with SEIU

    Posted on Apr 22, 2014 by Team

    U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) describes “organized labor [as] the strongest voice in our nation for the needs of working families.” Now Honda has reportedly taken his affection for Big Labor to a new level: cohabitation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Honda located his 2014 re-election campaign office inside the headquarters of the Service Employees International Union Local 521. Honda can’t […]

  • Unions’ $735,000 Question: Why “No Reply”?

    Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by Team

    As we reported last Thursday, when SEIU Local 500 came knocking on Media Matters’ door, years of spewing pro-Big Labor rhetoric couldn’t lead Media Matters’ CEO David Brock to enter into a voluntary recognition (a.k.a. “card check”) with the union. We were curious about some of the particulars of the SEIU’s representation petition, so we […]

  • Media Matters Lawyers Up Against Its SEIU Allies

    Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by Team

    We’ve caught unions (like the SEIU and the NEA) battling hard against the unions of their unionized staff. Their left-wing “nonprofit” allies seem no different: Left-wing media critics Media Matters for America are lawyering up and heading to the National Labor Relations Board to demand a secret-ballot election rather than a card-check agreement with SEIU […]