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Category Archive: Humor

  • CalPERS Pushes Public Ballots, Violates California Law

    Posted on Oct 04, 2017 by Team

    Over on the West Coast, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS for short) is showing us how not to handle a board election. For background, CalPERS recently changed its board election procedures, violating the California constitutional requirement that voting be kept private. How? Voters who use mailed-in paper ballots, the most popular voting method, […]

  • The SEIU’s Wardrobe War

    Posted on Jul 19, 2017 by Team

    While staffers in Congress are complaining about the right to bare arms (and shoulders), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 221 is fighting for the right to wear Birkenstocks and swim trunks at work in the summer. Here’s the backstory. An official from the City of San Diego sent an email highlighting that a relaxed dress code would be maintained throughout the summer […]

  • Two of the Craziest Labor Stories You’ll Ever Read

    Posted on Jul 11, 2017 by Team

    Life is never dull in union America. Earlier this month, George Botts, vice president of New York’s Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726, was caught falsifying time sheets. How’d he get caught? E-ZPass. According to the New York Daily News, Botts was recorded “paying tolls at the same time he was supposed to be performing union duties […]

  • Yale Students Go On Hunger Strike, Eat When Hungry

    Posted on May 08, 2017 by Team

    Some Yale University graduate students want to join a union. And they’re willing to starve for it. Well, not really. Eight of the university’s graduate students are now in their second week of a “symbolic” hunger strike, which means that protesters fast on water alone until they “can no longer go on.” At that point, the protesters […]

  • News Roundup: Labor Laughs Off Civility

    Posted on Jan 09, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Illinois Labor Crowd Finds Decapitation Hilarious Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was a big hit at the Illinois Labor History Society. As the keynote speaker at the Society’s “Salute to Labor’s Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today” event, Lewis recalled the labor days of yore by saying, “[W]e are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this […]

  • Unions Killed my Ho Ho

    Posted on Jan 16, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Last Wednesday Hostess Brands Inc., maker of sweet snacks including Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to settle its unsecured debts, primarily weighed down by its heavily unionized workforce. Debts beholden for ingredients like flour, sweeteners and cocoa pale in comparison to the exorbitant amounts owed to union health […]

  • Is Red the New Purple?

    Posted on May 11, 2011 by Union Facts

    Here are some photographs captured by during the May Day rally in Los Angeles, CA on May 1, 2011. Is red the new purple? We’ll let you be the judge …

  • Labor Union Sparks Relationship with Medical Marijuana Industry

    Posted on Apr 13, 2011 by Union Facts

    Organized labor in Northern California says it’s high time that they unite with the state’s growing medical marijuana industry. On Monday, cannabis operators in San Jose and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union hashed-out the details for their new partnership …