Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

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  • Easy Predictions for the NLRB: Labor Wins

    Posted on Dec 27, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Though some have started to issue their year-end and presidential-term-end reviews of federal labor law, some recent decisions turn the year on its head—not to mention at least one major chapter yet to be written. Just last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ruling on Kent Hospital, decided that lobbying expenses could be considered chargeable expenses if […]

  • With the Sky Still Intact, Time to Evaluate Michigan, the Right-To-Work State

    Posted on Dec 19, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Now that the dust has (mostly) settled in Michigan, we can take a closer look at what Michiganders can look forward to. The state will, for the time being, remain a union powerhouse, as current union contracts will not be affected by the change. Right-to-work kicks in upon their expiration. But even without an immediate […]

  • Lockout Sours for Union Members at Sugar Plants

    Posted on Dec 03, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    For the fourth time, American Crystal Sugar union members rejected the contract proposed by the company. That means the 16-month lockout will continue. This was the closest vote yet, with 55 percent of members rejecting the vote, down from 63 percent in June and at least 90 percent in the two votes prior. The sticking points have remained the […]

  • What if there is no union label?

    Posted on Nov 27, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor wants everyone to “look for the union label,” but what if the union label isn’t real? According to Gawker, that’s the problem with Unionmade clothing in San Francisco. Despite the name, the store doesn’t actually have many goods that are made by union members: If you want to have an attractively curated store that sells insanely overpriced […]

  • The White Knight Comes for the Snacks, Not for the Union

    Posted on Nov 20, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Twinkie the Kid was known for saving Twinkies from evil-doers in his classic commercials. Unfortunately, the Kid was no match for destructive union leadership. Will someone else come to the rescue? Fans of Hostess snacks are hoping that other bakers will run to the brand in the same way they had a run on the products this weekend. And […]

  • Union’s Strike of Bankrupt Company Half-Baked

    Posted on Nov 13, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions like to portray themselves as the ones who fight back and balance out the equation between employees and management. But realistically, they are the yin to the company’s yang: employees and employers are interdependent, and one cannot exist without the other. This lesson is most clear today at Hostess, where 627 employees lost their job […]

  • Want to Help? Join the Union

    Posted on Nov 06, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    President Obama’s plea for “no red tape” in the response to Hurricane Sandy was a memo that the electrical unions in New York and New Jersey might have missed. New documents appear to reveal labor’s interests in keeping the red tape tangled. Electrical utility workers from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have all complained that they faced delays, confusion,  and miscommunication that forced […]

  • Unions Scold Corporations… For Trying to Keep Up With Union Politicking

    Posted on Oct 31, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    As usual, unions are trying to have have their cake and eat it, too.  In this case, unions will spend tens of millions of dollars this election cycle telling their members which candidates to vote for, but at the same time, they are criticizing employers who engage in the same activity as being “improperly coercive.” Steven […]