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Do As I Say…

It is almost comical how often union hypocrisy is on full display, while unionistas don’t even notice, or simply turn a blind eye. In the latest example, the alt-labor organization Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) wants to hire someone to spearhead its campaign to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. The ads for the position specify “an experienced legislative advocate [who will] live and breathe this campaign from now until the end of the New York State legislative session,” yet also specify that the worker will be an independent contractor, not an employee.

The ROC has railed against businesses that consider workers as independent contractors. Once again, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

roc-protestIt pays to keep pace with developing trends in union strategy. In the never ending Big Labor shell game of “shuffle the entities,” you never know when one or more of them could evolve or combine to create a new threat. This article highlights six “non-union” groups that are working either independently or in conjunction with unions toward similar goals. The six groups are:

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance Working America, launched by the AFL-CIO The National Domestic Workers Alliance The National Guestworkers Alliance Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

Many of these groups are of course fronts for or funded by organized labor. Joe Kefauver of the National Restaurant Association and the Convenience Store Association warned at a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce meeting

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Alt-Labor Review

SEIU’s filing of its annual financial disclosure report confirmed that it spent at least $2 million backing the Alt-Labor movement among fast food workers in Chicago. Susan Schurman, dean of Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations, said SEIU is trying to change the perception of unions in the United States from organizations that bargain over benefits and wages to groups workers join voluntarily to gain from strength in numbers.

“SEIU one of the most forward thinking unions in the U.S.,” Schurman said. “This is a brilliant strategy.”

Karl Malden as a priest in ON THE WATERFRONT

Karl Malden as a labor priest in ON THE WATERFRONT

The Alt-Labor movement seems to be bringing about the resurrection of an icon

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Alt-Labor Momentum

A spokeswoman for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an influential worker center, finally admitted what we’ve known all along: “worker centers are just third-wave unions.” The only difference is that they can’t collect dues the same way a union can, which means the majority of their funding comes from private contributions (by unions and grants).

ROC-ChicagoThe icing on the cake is that since they are considered non-profit charities, they do not have to file a yearly LM-2 exposing the value of their assets, where those assets came from, or how their money was spent. This explains how the SEIU-funded worker centers have been able to take so many liberties in their support of the Fight for $15 movement; and it appears that their exploitation of the

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Alt-Labor

New York City’s most recent protest for a higher minimum wage included speeches by state and local politicians (many of whom were introduced by an SEIU executive director); a throwback to the “racially charged” 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike with signs that read “I AM A MAN” or “I AM A WOMAN;” and lastly, a staged mock citizens arrest of activists dressed up to represent Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Domino’s Pizza.

Sounds like quite an event, doesn’t it. In These Times magazine called it what it was – an SEIU-orchestrated “march on the media.”

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Earlier this month, you may have caught the Los Angeles Times headline that read: “Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft,

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Labor Relations INK ~ February 2013

In this issue:

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Union Bailout Update LRIOnline 2013 Annual Report Feature Love You or Leave You by Eric Vanetti SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers, and more…

 

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Unions love to hate companies, especially publicly traded ones. After all, attacking big companies lets unions combine some of their favorite pastimes. They get to rail against the 1%, hang out with politicians and celebrities, get on TV and, perhaps most important of all, bring out The Rat.

Scabby the Rat is

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“Alt-Labor”: Rebranding Strategy?

With union membership hitting a measly 11.3 percent in recent weeks, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a rise in media attention to organizations dubbed “alt-labor.” But how reliable is such “news”?

Recently, the American Prospect published a piece by Josh Eidelson in which the author pedals the idea that alt-labor organizations are on their way to becoming the next generation’s version of labor unions and that such organizations have the support of traditional labor unions like the AFL-CIO and Change to Win. However, Eidelson neglects to mention his own connection with UNITE HERE, which happens to be linked to the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), the focal group of the article.

In reality, Eidelson’s next-gen-unions essentially are little more than

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