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ROC: Forging IDs, Trespassing and Theft … Just Another Day at the Office

Forging identifications, misleading government agencies and defrauding taxpayers – it’s all in a day’s work for the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). ROC, which spends the majority of its time preaching that restauranteurs should take the “high road” and employ “ethical” practices, stooped to a not-so-new low this week when they forged IDs, trespassed, and possibly violated the Illinois statute for theft when they decided not to pay the $55 entrance to enter the National Restaurant Association convention in Chicago. This same organization has been under investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives for its “history of intimidation towards opponents and management problems,” and the group was also sued by its…

Is This the Beginning of the End for the Union Harassment Campaign Against Walmart?

National Review, by Ashley Pratte As media outlets dutifully reported last week’s fast-food protests for a $15 minimum wage, another big labor story went relatively unnoticed. The Washington Post reported that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has “slashed” more than half of the funding for its “OUR Walmart” campaign. According to the Post, the UFCW’s new president campaigned on the platform that too many resources had been devoted to the effort – in other words, it seems like a majority of the UFCW’s 1.3 million members agreed. Few people outside the UFCW’s leadership will ever know how much…

‘Street theater’ antics, compliments of SEIU

People are out again today calling for some jobs to pay $15 an hour. Critics, meanwhile, continue to warn against such wages. What began last year as demonstrations of fast-food workers has now reached out to home care and child care providers, retail employees, and “anyone struggling to get by regardless of industry or location.” Ryan Williams, senior adviser to Worker Center Watch, says this amounts to street theater, produced by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their affiliates. “These people are many times bused in and paid to act like workers to protest in front of fast-food locations to…