Big Labor Gave Millions to Worker Centers in 2013

SEIU, AFL-CIO donated nearly $35 million to worker centers
McDonalds protestors picket for higher wages in Detroit / AP

Unions have pumped nearly $35 million into front groups that have skirted federal labor laws and agitated for higher pay and other Big Labor priorities in 2013, according to a new analysis.

Cease and Desist

NLRB orders UFCW to stop ‘restraining and coercing employees’ while protesting
Most of the Walmart black friday protesters did not work at Walmart

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against a major union for using front groups to stage disruptive Black Friday protests in a Michigan Walmart.

Union Activists Sign on to Pro-Minimum-Wage-Hike Bill

Many unions would benefit from bump to the minimum wage
President Barack Obama, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka / AP

A letter supporting a minimum wage hike being circulated by the George Soros-funded Economic Policy Institute that purports to represent the views of leading academics has been signed by a number of economists who work for labor unions and leftwing special interest groups.

Lawsuit: ‘Worker Center’ Stiffing Workers

Class action lawsuit alleges ‘future of unions’ lacks transparency
Farmworkers pick tomatoes in Immokalee, FL / AP

Four class action lawsuits filed by migrant labor advocates allege that a Florida worker center called the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers (CIW) and its corporate partners have failed to pay the workers they supposedly represented thousands of dollars.

Critics: Walmart Protests Lack Actual Walmart Employees

Vast majority of those taking part in Black Friday protests paid activists
OUR Walmart protest on last year's Black Friday / AP

Union front groups are planning more than 1,500 protests at Walmarts nationwide on Black Friday despite lacking significant support from actual employees, critics say.

Boeing May Partly Move Production Out of Washington State Following Union Vote

Local union rejected deal on retirement plans
'Build it Here' rally against Boeing in Seattle / AP

Boeing will move portions of its airplane construction out of Washington after a local union rejected a contract offer that would have saved the company $8 billion.

A company spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that the company had no choice but to move construction of some of its largest planes out of the Evergreen State after International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 751 rejected changes to wage and retirement plans.

Union Asks for Shutdown to Be Deemed an Emergency

Union boss calls for employees to be allowed to skip loan payments, receive free gas
AFGE protest / AP

A federal workers union is demanding that President Barack Obama declare the shutdown a national emergency and force businesses, hospitals, and schools to forgive workers’ bill payments until a deal is reached.