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March 18, 2014                                                                                                                  202-677-7060         

Union Bosses Organize More Attacks Against American Employers

‘Wage Theft’ Hallmark Of Big Labor History Hurting Middle Class Families

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2014) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today responded to labor orchestrated protests concerning so-called ‘wage theft’:

“With their membership falling and pension plans insolvent, labor bosses are continuing to escalate their war against American employers in a desperate attempt to secure more revenue.  This is demonstrated in news that protests will take place in various cities against fast-food establishments which employ hundreds of thousands of workers across the country,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “The plain truth is if anyone is guilty of so-called ‘wage theft,’ it’s union bosses who have been stealing money from middle class families for generations and failing to give proper oversight to pension fund investments causing union members to lose their retirement savings.  If today’s staged protest participants looked at the facts, they would be demonstrating not with, but against the labor organizations who are financing their activities, with you guessed it, workers’ dues, many of which have been unfairly collected and used.  Now, this is real ‘wage theft.’”

BACKGROUND:

Big Labor Continues Attacks Against American Employers:

“‘The lawsuits that were filed last week put McDonald’s on notice that fast food workers are aware that they’re getting their money stolen,’ said Kendall Fells, who works for the Service Employees International Union but said he was ‘on loan’ to the campaign for higher wages.” (Candice Choi, “Fast-Food Protests To Spotlight ‘Wage Theft,’” The Associated Press, 3/18/14)

Who Is Kendall Fells? Professional Protestor On Loan From The Service Employees International Union (SEIU):

“Kendall Fells, an…organizer from Fast Food Forward…” (SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, “We Cannot Build A Strong, Equitable Economy On Low-Paying Jobs,” SEIU, 8/8/13)

Who Is Fast Food Forward? Nothing More Than Another Union-Run Effort To Grow Membership:

“Fast-food workers in New York are scheduled to protest today as part of a campaign to seek union recognition for the industry and negotiate pay raises.  ‘Hundreds of workers at dozens of McDonalds, Taco Bells, KFCs and Burger Kings across the city’ will call for a $15 per hour wage so employees can ‘support their families, and put money back into the economy, instead of relying on taxpayers to shoulder the burden for the fast food industry’s low-wages,’ according to a statement for the workers’ campaign, called Fast Food Forward.” (Ben Livesey, “Group Seeks Union, Pay Raises For NYC Fast-Food Workers,” Bloomberg, 11/29/12)

“Organizers of the Fast Food Forward movement said they expected hundreds of workers would walk out or not show up for work at dozens of McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food chains … The Fast Food Forward action, which is supported by the Service Employees International Union along with civil rights and community groups, comes less than a week after a union-backed effort to draw attention to wages and working conditions at Wal-Mart led to protests at stores across the country on Black Friday.” (Martha White, “Fast-Food Workers In NYC Flex Their Muscle For Better Pay,” NBC News, 11/30/12)

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: https://www.workforcefairness.com. 

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Lauren Zelt at (202) 677-7060.

 

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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