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  • MSNBC Labor Writer: Union Officials Can Exploit Union Members

    Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Everyone knows that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, but did you also know that union bosses need to exploit a few union members to keep the labor movement strong? That’s what MSNBC’s labor writer argues in the latest issue of Jacobin (an appropriately-named outlet for such a statement, given […]

  • Baker’s Union Burns Hostess, Teamsters, And Members

    Posted on Feb 07, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Hostess Baker’s Union is back and ready to be more destructive than ever. And as details emerge from what happened behind the scenes during the November strike that led to the company’s liquidation, it’s clear that the plans of union officials are never completely baked. As the first bidders on the bankrupt snack and bread company have begun to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Look for our Super Bowl Ad: Time To Flush Labor Union Intimidation

    Posted on Feb 03, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor unions long to end the secret ballot. The Employee Rights Act (ERA) would sack them before that bad idea gets out of the pocket. The ERA guarantees employees’ right to a secret ballot vote. That’s because voting — like some other things — should be done in private. Super Bowl viewers will learn more about that on Sunday when they see the […]

  • Labor’s Hatred of Democracy In Action

    Posted on Jan 11, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    As members of Congress, state legislatures, and the President of the United States are sworn into office, we’re reminded of our American democratic ideals. Unfortunately, many union members don’t get the chance to celebrate democracy thanks to a unionization procedure known as “card check.” Take Karen Cox and her coworkers at Americold Logistics, who are only the latest […]

  • Who’s watching the watchmen?

    Posted on Aug 08, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yale Political Science Professor Jacob Hacker and Yale law student Nate Loewentheil seem to have solved America’s woes in a mere 58 pages, Intro to Conclusion, with their plan for “Prosperity Economics.” It strikes common left-leaning themes:  government control is better than free markets; spending is a good thing; inequality finds no respite in social […]

  • Votes for Some

    Posted on Jun 25, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Communication Workers of America (CWA) is in an ongoing dispute with bankrupt American Airlines over an attempt to unionize the struggling carrier’s passenger service agents. Under National Mediation Board (NMB) rules—as an air carrier, American’s labor rules are set by the Railway Labor Act — 50 percent of the agents must sign a statement […]

  • SEIU Takes “Out of Context” to a Whole New Level

    Posted on Mar 20, 2009 by LaborPains.org Team

    Misleading commentary from the SEIU is nothing new, but a post on their blog today is truly astounding. In a laughable attempt to claim that EFCA will preserve workers’ right to a secret ballot, they quote today’s Wall Street Journal editorial, saying: “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act…” […]