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  • Obama’s Latest Payback To Labor May Come In Cash

    Posted on Feb 19, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor payback can come in many forms. First, President Obama tried to pass the inappropriately named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) that would eliminate basic rights of union members at the behest of union officials. More recently, the D.C. Circuit made it clear that Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional. His appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), even back in 2010, […]

  • New Research: Labor Unions Support Minimum Wage Hikes Because Their Contracts Peg Salaries to Minimum Wage Levels

    Posted on Feb 14, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Research from the Center for Union Facts Uncovers Union Agenda Behind President Obama’s Minimum Wage Hike Proposal Today the Center for Union Facts released new research detailing how many collective bargaining agreements link union salaries and wage rates to the federal minimum wage. This research comes two days after President Obama proposed raising the federal […]

  • If At First You Don’t Succeed…

    Posted on Feb 13, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    President Obama has re-nominated two members that he had previously, and unconstitutionally, appointed to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January  2012. Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, first nominated in late December 2011, were never properly vetted by the Senate and were “recess” appointed while the Senate was still in session. The D.C. Circuit Court of […]

  • NY Times Editors’ Impossible Demands: A More Pro-Union Obama

    Posted on Feb 05, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, we found that even a clearly pro-union acting secretary at the Department of Labor (DOL) wasn’t enough to make some members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) happy. Today, in the alternate universe where the New York Times editors reside, President Obama, too, has not been pro-union enough. The editors write: What has been missing for years is a […]

  • Guest Post: Key NLRB Cases Affected by Noel Canning v. NLRB

    Posted on Feb 01, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    By John Raudabaugh, Former NLRB Board Member The Noel Canning decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has the potential for far-reaching consequences in many areas of the law. The balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches have been recalibrated based on the court’s opinion that President Obama’s recess appointments to the […]

  • Obama Risked Executive Power To Give Labor Its Payback

    Posted on Jan 29, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In President Obama’s recently extended quest to duly reward organized labor for helping him take the White House, he took a serious risk. When he couldn’t deliver “card check” with EFCA, Obama opted to illegally appoint three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The risk that Obama took was not only that his picks would be thrown out, but that the President’s recess appointment power would […]

  • The Short Memories of the “Recess” Appointment Supporters

    Posted on Jan 22, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The year 2007 doesn’t seem all that long ago. But that’s evidently long enough for organized labor and its supporters to conveniently forget about what constitutes a recess appointment. Professor John Logan is the director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University, and a supposed “expert on the anti-union industry and anti-union legislation in the U.S.” Logan provides a […]

  • Democrats’ Labor Piggybank Returns

    Posted on Jan 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    This summer, organized labor went out of its way to say it was no longer beholden to the Democratic Party’s agenda. But the checks coming in now show that the Democrats and labor never really broke up. The Hill reports that at least nine labor unions have donated to President Obama’s second inauguration, which took place today. Those ponying […]