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  • SEIU-Backed Worker Center Targets Postmates

    Posted on Apr 27, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is in the midst of a corporate campaign against Chipotle. Last year, New York City-based SEIU local 32BJ ramped up its Fight for $15 movement to organize workers at the burrito chain’s locations in the city. And that’s just the latest iteration of the union’s partnership with the Fight […]

  • SEIU Bigwigs Ask Where the New Members Are

    Posted on Apr 04, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since 2012, the Service Employees International Union has been following an approach to stalling the decline of union membership in the private sector that centers on “fast food strikes” organized by public relations firms, worker centers, and proto-labor-unions called “worker organizing committees.” The basic idea? Phase one, make noise; Phase three, new union members. The […]

  • Union Hack Does Union Bidding at NLRB

    Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel’s office gave a boost to the SEIU’s $15 million-plus effort to unionize the fast food industry by backing SEIU’s outrageous legal theory on franchisees. On the one hand, it shouldn’t be surprising: General Counsel Richard Griffin is the controversial former general counsel of the International Union of […]

  • OUR Walmart: Still UFCW in “Worker Center” Costume

    Posted on Apr 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Annually, labor union federations and private-sector unions must publish an annual report to the Department of Labor (known as the LM-2) pursuant to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.  And even though one of the first acts of the Obama/Solis pro-union DoL was gutting Bush-era reforms that made unions more transparent, they still contain useful […]

  • Beware SEIU, Especially Bearing “Polls”

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported on a “poll” by Hart Research purporting to show widespread labor law violations in the restaurant industry. The dubious survey was commissioned by the SEIU-backed worker center “Low Pay Is Not OK,” a national umbrella front group for SEIU’s other “worker organizing committees.” Hart is a big-time union […]

  • SEIU Draws on Exhausted “Strike” Playbook for Card Check and News Hits

    Posted on Mar 18, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, proto-union “worker centers” set up by the SEIU will stage demonstrations in up to 30 cities in support of SEIU’s “Fight for 15” organizing campaign. The demonstrations are part of an ongoing, complex, and sophisticated campaign to organize restaurant employees without a secret ballot under card check arrangements. Today’s protests are expected to focus […]

  • Astroturfing a Worker Center 101

    Posted on Nov 13, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve suspected that “worker centers” leading the walkouts of fast food restaurants and big-box retailers are union front groups, and evidence continues to pour in that not only are unions bankrolling the campaign, but unions are also deeply involved in strategy, organizing, and tactics. Two new items of evidence have come out in the past […]

  • CUF Lifts the Veil on Pseudo-Union Worker Centers

    Posted on Aug 30, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Our Executive Director Richard Berman recently wrote opinion pieces for the Providence Journal and Deseret News profiling misleading union front groups known as “worker centers.” As we’ve said before, worker centers are not your friendly neighborhood employee organizations, but rather unions in disguise. In the article, Berman notes the “differences” (or lack thereof) between unions […]