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With No Fear of Repercussions, Labor Ups the Ante on Worker Centers

In what’s sure to be a growing trend for Big Labor and its allies, the leader of a prominent Seattle worker center recently joined the board of a top labor union. And while it made few headlines, news that Casa Latina staff member Cariño Barragán Talancón became the first worker center representative appointed to the executive board of the AFL-CIO State Labor Council is worth noting. Organized labor has made no secret of its fondness for nonprofit groups that operate like unions without being held to the same legal standards. Last year, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka heaped high praise on…


White House to Shady Union Front Group: Come On In!

Having a checkered past might make it hard to find a job, but it doesn’t mean you won’t get invited to a White House event. That’s the lesson that came out of Monday’s “Summit on Working Families,” where labor allies with dubious backgrounds had a front row seat with the Obama Administration. And while lying on tax forms or harassing innocent people would earn most people stiff fines or jail time, those credentials allowed groups like the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and OUR Walmart (a UFCW subsidiary) to rub elbows with the President. Another worker center on hand for the…


Big Labor Hits a New Low in Opposing Charitable Giving in NYC

News that 26 New York City councilmembers recently sent Walmart a letter demanding the company cease its “dangerous” and “toxic” charitable giving in the city may seem like an extreme case of no good deed goes unpunished. After all, the company’s foundation donated nearly $5 million dollars last year to local charities such as the New York Women’s Foundation and Baily House, an HIV/AIDS non-profit. But the publicity stunt staged last week at city hall was more than just union opposition to Walmart’s efforts to gain a foothold in NYC. Members of the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) and RWDSU…