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					                                      UNITE-HERE on the Attack
              Pioneer of Corporate Campaigns Pushes Harder Than Ever
                                                        By Ivan Osorio
Summary: America’s national hotel
chains are bracing for union trouble. The
UNITE-HERE labor union thinks it has
found a way to force hotels to accept
unionization. Its campaign—called “Ho-
tel Workers Rising”—may disrupt the
business and vacation plans of travelers
this summer.



D
          oes the UNITE-HERE labor union
          represent the future of organized
          labor? The targets of its corpo-
rate campaigns hope not.
   “Corporate campaigns” are elaborate
political and public relations campaigns
that labor unions use to target a specific
employer or group of employers. The
union does not simply picket the employer.
Its tactics are far more systematic and in-
clude feeding allegations of company          Several San Francisco hotels are the target of a “corporate campaign” by
wrongdoing to the news media and filing       UNITE-HERE that could cause serious problems for travelers this summer.
complaints with regulatory agencies.
Adopting a strategy envisioned by the
1960s New Left, the unions also enlist al-    ing bargaining leverage.                   Guess?, K-Mart, Nike and Phillips Van
lies, including religious and environmen-       A union-sponsored corporate campaign     Heusen, among others.
tal groups, to carry their message to the     may further pressure a company by con-        This year UNITE-HERE is launching
general public, whose attention is thus       tacting its shareholders to challenge      nationwide campaigns against several
deflected from the unions’ direct self-in-    management’s competence and character      major hotel chains and is continuing its
terest in organizing new members or gain-     and question the company’s financial       ongoing campaign against the uniform
                                              health. It may also leverage the union’s   manufacturer Cintas. And when it comes
                                              investment power by introducing share-     to campaigns, this union is thinking big.
             July 2006                        holder resolutions that advance union      “Local autonomy has to give way to cen-
                                              goals.                                     tralized, national leadership when you’re
      UNITE-HERE on the Attack                  Corporate campaigns were pioneered by    going up against a centralized national
              page 1                          one of the predecessor unions that be-     corporation,” says UNITE-HERE general
                                              came UNITE-HERE and they continue to       president Bruce Raynor. It certainly has
              Labor Notes                     be an important part of UNITE-HERE’s—      the experience. In his book The Death of a
                page 6                        and other unions’— strategy. UNITE cam-    Thousand Cuts: Corporate Campaigns
                                              paigns have targeted Disney, GAP,          and the Attack on the Corporation,
George Washington University professor          product of a 1995 merger between the In-      company’s workforce—but admitted that
Jarol Manheim observes, “UNITE [for-            ternational Ladies’ Garment Workers’          the union had not seen the facility first-
merly the United Needletrades, Industrial       Union, founded in 1900, and the Amalgam-      hand.
and Textile Employees union] has deep           ated Clothing and Textile Workers Union          The union campaign also had the effect
roots in the history of the corporate cam-      (ACTWU)—itself the product of a 1976          of getting the attention of Milum’s retail
paign and a tradition of innovative think-      merger of the Amalgamated Clothing            customers—who were being questioned
ing.”                                           Workers of America (ACWA), founded in         by their customers. Sam Fox, owner of Fox
   UNITE-HERE is not the only union seek-       1914, and the Textile Workers Union of        Restaurant Concepts, a Milum client, told
ing new ways to expand and deepen pri-          America, founded in 1939. The Laundry         the Tribune that his company inspected
vate sector organizing. Its allies in the new   and Dry Cleaning International Union          its plant after UNITE-HERE representa-
breakaway Change to Win Federation—             merged with UNITE in 2002.                    tives came to him with the allegations. “We
most especially the International Brother-        These mergers are one outcome of a fa-      take food safety and providing a clean,
hood of Teamsters and the Service Em-           mous corporate campaign. Beginning in         safe environment for our guests very se-
ployees International Union (SEIU)—are          1963, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers        riously. So we went to look at the plant
also enthusiasts of the corporate cam-          of America tried for more than a decade to    and satisfy ourselves that it just isn’t
paign. While it is unlikely to rejuvenate       organize the textile giant J.P. Stevens. It   true,” he said.
the labor movement as its supporters            accomplished little. Then in 1976, ACWA          Milum countered all the union’s claims.
want to believe, the corporate campaigns        merged with the Textile Workers Union,        Owner Craig Milum said all linens are sepa-
of UNITE-HERE and Change to Win can             and the newly created ACTWU launched          rated, that restaurant and medical linens
still inflict heavy damage on employers         a corporate campaign against the com-         require different washing formulas and use
and the economy.                                pany. After four years, J.P. Stevens al-      different production lines, and that the
                                                lowed ACTWU to unionize 4,000 employ-         company’s ventilation system blows air
            A Tactic’s Origins                  ees. The 1979 movie “Norma Rae” star-         from the clean areas to the soiled areas,
   As private sector unionism continues         ring Sally Field is Hollywood’s thinly-dis-   not the reverse. Further, he told the Tri-
to decline, unions have been forced to          guised tribute to this union campaign.        bune that any mixing of linens would be
engage in mergers to keep their numbers           The strategy against J.P. Stevens was       inefficient, since they would have to be
up. In an earlier era, unions tended to         laid out by Ray Rogers, then an ACTWU         separated again. “It would be counterpro-
merge with unions in the same or related        staffer, who in 1981 founded Corporate        ductive for us to do that,” he said.
industries. But today, unions in very dif-      Campaigns (www.corporatecampaign.
ferent industries are combining to sur-         org), a strategy consulting firm for unions            Seeking Card Check
vive. UNITE-HERE brings boasts 450,000          and leftist activist groups. Of the J.P.         The ultimate objective of a UNITE-
active members and 400,000 retirees. It is      Stevens campaign, Rogers’s firm boasts        HERE corporate campaign such as the one
the result of a series of mergers, the last     on its website: “The Stevens Corporate        against Milum is less about improving
in July 2004 of the Union of Needletrades,      Campaign exposed, attacked and broke up       plant hygiene or safeguard worker health
Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE)       the network of power supporting the com-      than about forcing the employer to allow
and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant          pany and eventually forced the big money      it to organize its workers according to a
Employees (HERE). UNITE is itself the           interests behind J. P. Stevens, led by Met-   procedure known as “card check neutral-
                                                ropolitan Life Insurance Co., to give         ity”—which isn’t neutral at all. Under
                                                Stevens an ultimatum—settle or else.”         “card-check,” which has been sanctioned
                                                   Today UNITE-HERE is no less aggres-        by the National Labor Relations Board, an
Editor: Patrick J. Reilly                       sive. For instance, last April during its     employer agrees that it will not campaign
Publisher: Terrence Scanlon                     campaign to organize Milum Textile Ser-       against union representation during a
Address: 1513 16th Street, NW                   vices, a Phoenix-based linen service,         union organizing drive. Union communi-
Washington, DC 20036-1480                       UNITE-HERE alleged that the company           cation with employees enjoys an advan-
Phone: (202) 483-6900                           mixed restaurant linen with linen from        tage because the employer agrees to re-
Email: preilly@capitalresearch.org              health care facilities, including sheets      main silent. Furthermore, “card check” cir-
Website: www.capitalresearch.org                contaminated with blood and human             cumvents a secret ballot election because
                                                waste. It also claimed that the company       it requires only that a majority of employ-
                                                has not always kept soiled and clean lin-     ees sign cards showing that they support
Labor Watch is published by Capital
                                                ens adequately separated. That got the        union representation. Employees are of-
Research Center, a non-partisan education
                                                public’s attention. A union organizer told    ten urged to sign cards publicly and in
and research organization classified by the     The East Valley Tribune in Scottsdale,        the presence of union organizers, which
IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Reprints     Arizona, that the union’s allegations were    exposes them to high-pressure tactics that
are available for $2.50 prepaid to Capital      based on interviews with 16 Milum em-         the secret ballot is intended to avoid.
Research Center.                                ployees—about 20 percent of the                   AFL-CIO officials put the percentage



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of workers who are unionized by card         federal legislation that would mandate the     UNITE-HERE’s “Hotel Workers Rising”
check at 70 percent, compared to less than   card-check procedure if a union requests       campaign. This year contracts at hotels in
5 percent two decades ago “Elections just    it. As this article went to press, the in-     Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles
don’t work,” AFL-CIO organizing direc-       aptly named “Employee Free Choice Act”         and New York expire, and hotel workers in
tor Stewart Acuff told The New York          (H.R. 1696, S.842) had 215 co-sponsors in      San Francisco have been working with-
Times. “The process is too broken.”          the House and 42 in the Senate.                out a contract since 2004. UNITE-HERE is
  Federal law allows employers to insist        At least for the time being, unions still   taking advantage of the timing and is pres-
on a secret ballot election. But UNITE-      must persuade employers to agree to card       suring employers by threatening a walk-
HERE and other unions are supporting         check organizing, which is the goal of         out by 60,000 workers at 400 hotels. (See




                            Hotels Targeted by UNITE-HERE as of Mid-June 2006

    Hotels On Strike or Lockout                                     Monterey
                                                                     • Monterey Bay Travelodge (Fairgrounds)
    Chicago
     • Congress Plaza Hotel                                         San Francisco
                                                                     • Argent Hotel
    New York                                                         • Comfort Suites San Francisco Airport
     • Crowne Plaza LaGuardia                                        • Crowne Plaza Union Square
     • Hampton Inn New York — JFK                                    • Fairmont San Francisco
     • Holiday Inn JFK                                               • Four Seasons San Francisco
                                                                     • Grand Hyatt
    Hotels Under Boycott                                             • Hilton San Francisco
                                                                     • Holiday Inn Civic Center
    Atlanta                                                          • Holiday Inn Express (FW)
      • Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown                                 • Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
      • InterContinental Buckhead                                    • Hyatt Regency San Francisco
                                                                     • Mark Hopkins InterContinental
    Boston                                                           • Omni San Francisco Hotel
     • Hyatt Regency Boston Financial District                       • Palace Hotel
     • Hyatt Regency, Cambridge                                      • Park Hyatt at Embarcadero Ctr

    Chicago                                                         San Francisco Hotels Under Strike Watch
     • Four Seasons, Chicago
     • Intercontinental Hotel                                         •   Argent Hotel
                                                                      •   Comfort Suites San Francisco Airport
    Hartford                                                          •   Crowne Plaza Union Square
     • Downtown Hartford Marriott at Adriaens Landing                 •   Fairmont San Francisco
                                                                      •   Four Seasons San Francisco
    Honolulu                                                          •   Grand Hyatt
     • Turtle Bay Resort                                              •   Hilton San Francisco
                                                                      •   Holiday Inn Civic Center
    Los Angeles                                                       •   Holiday Inn Express (FW)
      • Glendale Hilton                                               •   Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
      • Hyatt Regency Long Beach                                      •   Hyatt Regency San Francisco
                                                                      •   Mark Hopkins InterContinental
    Miami                                                             •   Omni San Francisco Hotel
     • Hotel Inter-Continental Miami                                  •   Palace Hotel
     • Hyatt Regency Miami

                       (Source: UNITE-HERE, http://www.hotellaboradvisor.info/hotelguidestrike.asp)




July 2006                                                 Labor Watch                                                         Page 3
www.unitehere.org/hotelguide for a list of     said that lodging injury rates are lower than   breaks to sign a “labor peace agreement”
hotels to be struck.) In early January 2005,   those in comparable service industries,         or risk losing those breaks. The “peace
the union threatened strikes at 14 Wash-       and that hotels have been working to re-        agreement” authorizes the card-check pro-
ington, D.C., hotels two weeks ahead of        duce worker injuries. Hotels, he said, have     cedure. In late May, the Hartford Marriott’s
President Bush’s second inauguration,          been “hiring ergonomic experts to evalu-        owner, Len Wolman, refused to sign an
again taking advantage of unique circum-       ate room attendant techniques, implement-       agreement and the city sought court sanc-
stances. An eleventh-hour agreement            ing comprehensive training programs de-         tion to take away his tax breaks. Also in
averted work stoppages in this instance—       signed to minimize injuries and investing       late May, the United Church of Christ
two days before the inauguration. (The         millions of dollars in automated room car       threatened to take its 2007 national con-
union got a three-year contract which pro-     systems.” He added, “The hotels also            vention—which would bring about $10
vided for raises of 50 cents an hour in the    work at training their housekeeping staff       million into the city, according to The
first year and of 40 cents in the second       when they inaugurate a bedding program          Hartford Courant—to a venue outside of
and third year, 100 percent employer-paid      to make sure they have informed them of         Connecticut.
health insurance, a 63 percent increase in     the nature of the work.” McInerney pre-            But Wolman has been hanging tough.
management’s contribution to the pension
fund, and an increase in potential retire-
ment benefits.)
   UNITE-HERE launched its hotels cam-
                                                Many people assume that a union campaign aims to
paign on February 15 by holding a rally in     secure higher wages for workers who are members of
San Francisco that featured former North
Carolina senator John Edwards, the 2004           the union. But the real purpose of UNITE-HERE
Democratic vice presidential candidate.         corporate campaigns is to force employers to allow
Actor and far-left activist Danny Glover
also participated. After the San Francisco            the union to rope more workers into it.
event, Edwards and Glover made appear-
ances in Los Angeles, Chicago and Bos-
ton. In April, Glover and UNITE-HERE           sented Bureau of Labor Statistics figures       He asked the National Labor Relations
president Bruce Raynor went to Hawaii,         showing the rate of injuries among hotel        Board to permit a secret-ballot election and
where hotel contracts also expire.             workers at 5.9 percent, lower than those        then appealed a ruling by the NLRB’s re-
   On April 26, UNITE-HERE released a          for other service industries, including         gional director, who denied his request.
paper, “Creating Luxury, Enduring Pain.”       hospitals (8.3 percent), wineries (8.1 per-     And Wolman has an important ally of his
It claims that hotel work endangers house-     cent), warehouse clubs at (7.4 percent),        own: The Hartford Courant , the city’s
keepers’ health. The study compiled man-       department stores (7 percent) and grocery       leading paper, in a May 26 editorial called
datory injury records from 1999 to 2005        stores (6.5 percent).                           on the NLRB to reconsider the secret bal-
from 87 Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt, Marriott        As in the Bush inauguration strike            lot request and urged the city to repeal
and Intercontinental hotels, which to-         threat, many of the hotels being targeted       the “labor peace” section of its “living
gether employ about 40,000 workers. It         by UNITE-HERE this summer are already           wage” ordinance.
claims that hotel housekeepers had a 10.4      unionized, and the union’s aim is not to
percent injury rate, more than 85 percent      air any actual worker complaints, but,                      “Uniform Justice”
higher than the 5.6 percent injury rate for    through a series of labor actions, to pres-        Living wage ordinances have been use-
non-housekeepers, and that housekeep-          sure the major hotel chains to allow union      ful to UNITE-HERE in another high-pro-
ers’ share of hotel injury rates increased     organizers unimpeded access to unorga-          file campaign targeting the uniform manu-
during between 2002 and 2005 to 30 per-        nized workers throughout the industry.          facturer Cintas. The union launched this
cent, up from 26 percent from 1999 to 2001.      In Hartford, Connecticut, UNITE-HERE          campaign, “Uniform Justice,” in February
UNITE-HERE blames the injuries on the          has pressured potential hotel clients to        2003, and in June of that year announced
industry’s switch to heavier mattresses,       take their business elsewhere. The union,       a partnership with the Teamsters to union-
triple sheeting, and more pillows. At a        which is trying to organize 220 full-time       ize 17,000 Cintas employees.
news teleconference, UNITE-HERE health         workers at the Hartford Marriott Down-             As in its hotels campaign, UNITE-HERE
and safety director Eric Frumin also ac-       town and 140 part-time workers at the           issued a paper attacking the company. This
cused hotels of cutting staff and increas-     Connecticut Convention Center, has valu-        paper, “The Dirty Truth Behind the Uni-
ing workloads without providing ergo-          able local allies, including politicians and    forms,” claimed that Cintas had agreed to
nomic training.                                religious leaders, who have been doing          pay a $10 million settlement in a class ac-
   The American Hotel & Lodging Asso-          the union’s work for it. A section of           tion suit by workers denied overtime pay.
ciation responded quickly with a statement     Hartford’s “living wage” ordinance re-             As in all corporate campaigns, UNITE-
from its president, Joseph McInerney. He       quires employers who receive city tax           HERE has enlisted the help of non-union



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allies, including public officials. In Sep-    ers and United Food and Commercial                devote 50 percent of its resources to or-
tember 2005, the city of Santa Monica,         Workers.                                          ganizing, but also to “maintain our aggres-
California, announced it would require            Change to Win claims that the AFL-CIO,         sive political action initiatives as part of
Cintas to pay the city’s “living wage” of      under the direction of John Sweeney, has          our growth program.” According to the
$11.50 an hour—the ordinance’s enact-          squandered opportunities to organize              Center for Responsive Politics, as of May
ment had been backed by UNITE-HERE—            workplaces and expand membership be-              17, the UNITE-HERE TIP Campaign Com-
if it wanted to continue doing business        cause it prefers to engage in electoral po-       mittee had made $267,443 in campaign con-
with the city.                                 litical activity, nearly all on behalf of Demo-   tributions for the 2006 election cycle.
   That same month, a California Superior      cratic candidates. The claim sounds in-           UNITE-HERE has endorsed New York At-
Court Judge ruled that Cintas owed 219         nocuous enough: Unions’ mission should            torney General Eliot Spitzer in that state’s
workers $805,243 in back pay, plus             be to represent their members and attract         upcoming governor’s race.
$300,000 in interest, under the City of        new ones, not canvass for politicians. But
Hayward’s living wage ordinance. “The          the tactics of UNITE-HERE, SEIU and the                         Thinking Big
company was informed that they had to          Teamsters are not intended to attract work-          As its current organizing drives show,
comply” with the ordinance, said Eileen        ers so much as to beat employers into             UNITE-HERE is serious about reversing
Goldsmith, an attorney for the plaintiffs.     submission.                                       organized labor’s decline in private sec-
“It never did anything to find out what its       Moreover, the split with the AFL-CIO           tor representation. The union has a his-
responsibilities were. They ignored it         seems to be more the result of frustration        tory of developing new organizing tac-
completely, except to send back forms to       with Sweeney’s inability to follow through        tics.
the city saying, ‘Oh yes, we’re going to       on his pledge to coordinate successful               Now, as a key constituent of the Change
comply.’” But a Cintas spokeswoman said        corporate campaigns. In his 1995 inaugu-          to Win coalition, UNITE-HERE and its al-
that the company “did not willfully fail to    ral address, Sweeney proclaimed, “We will         lies are pushing the envelope further.
pay its employees” and that the violations     use old-fashioned mass demonstrations,            “Thinking big—big unions, big cam-
“were technical in nature.”                    as well as sophisticated corporate cam-           paigns, big ideas— seems to be the hall-
   Also in September, Illinois Attorney        paigns, to make worker rights the civil           mark of the Change to Win unions,” writes
General Lisa Madigan announced a law-          rights issue of the 1990s.” If there is any       William Johnson in The Nation, the re-
suit against Sewing Systems, a Cintas          real difference between the AFL-CIO and           nowned leftist magazine. By opening up a
subcontractor, for alleged violations of the   the breakaway unions, it is not over in-          nationwide corporate campaign against
state’s minimum wage law. Illinois’ mini-      volvement in politics, but in Change to           hotel chains this summer, UNITE-HERE
mum wage increased from $5.15 an hour          Win’s determined pursuit of corporate             hopes to spark the revival of private sec-
to $5.50 an hour in 2004, then to $6.50 per    campaigns.                                        tor unionism.
hour in 2005.                                     Make no mistake: The Change to Win                It may be a stressful season for travel-
                                               unions remain committed to political ac-          ers—and a sign of greater trouble to come.
             The Real Goal                     tivity. During the 2004 election cycle, SEIU
   Many people assume that a union cam-        gave out $2,284,875 in campaign contri-             Ivan Osorio is Editorial Director at the
paign aims to secure higher wages for          butions, with 87 percent going to Demo-           Competitive Enterprise Institute
workers who are members of the union.          crats, according to the Center for Respon-        (www.cei.org) and a former Editor of La-
But the real purpose of UNITE-HERE cor-        sive Politics. The Teamsters gave                 bor Watch.
porate campaigns is to force employers to      $2,147,127 in 2004, with 88 percent going
allow the union to rope more workers into      to Democrats. For the 2006 midterm elec-
it. For private sector unions, survival de-    tion cycle, SEIU has contributed $543,748
pends on increasing membership—and to          in contributions (as of April 24), with 93
that end, UNITE-HERE and other aggres-         percent going to Democrats, while the
sive unions left the AFL-CIO just a year       Teamsters have given out $1,325,991, with
ago.                                           89 percent going to Democrats. For 2006,
   On July 25, 2005, UNITE-HERE an-            the Center for Responsive Politics lists the
nounced that its delegates had voted           Teamsters’ political action committee as
unanimously to boycott the AFL-CIO con-        seventh largest and SEIU’s 527 organiza-
vention. Two months later, UNITE-HERE          tion as the number-one “independent ex-
disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO and joined      penditure” entity of that sort. Both unions
the new Change to Win coalition, a new         also make the Center’s “Blue Chip” list of
labor federation that includes SEIU, the       top 10 donors since 1989 (Teamsters:
Teamsters, Laborers International Union        $23,209,533; SEIU: $23,522,473).                     Please remember Capital
of North America, United Brotherhood of           As it was boycotting the AFL-CIO con-            Research Center in your will.
Carpenters and Joiners, United Farm Work-      vention, UNITE-HERE was pledging to



July 2006                                                    Labor Watch                                                            Page 5
                                                                                   Labor Notes
AFL-CIO Invests in New Orleans Housing
The AFL-CIO has announced plans to invest $1 billion to develop 10,000 homes and a downtown hotel in hurricane-
ravaged New Orleans. The move sheds light on the federation’s 40-year-old Housing Investment Trust, an effort to
invest worker pensions in the lucrative housing market while demanding union contracts for “affordable” housing
construction. The AFL-CIO risks charges of hypocrisy, as it comes to the aid of New Orleans after successfully
pressuring President George W. Bush to effectively require union wages for federally-funded reconstruction on the
Gulf Coast, thereby increasing expenses and allowing less to be accomplished. Sweeney is enjoying the role of hero,
though: “So little has been done,” he lamented to USA Today. “It feels like this is the city that America forgot, and I
hope our investment will jump-start other investments.”

FEC Rejects Tight Regulation of 527 Groups
The Federal Election Commission has decided not to change the loose rules governing Section 527 groups like Ameri-
can Coming Together and the Media Fund, which will allow donor funds to be used in the 2006 and 2008 federal
elections much as they were in 2004. However, the Washington Post suggests 527 activity may be less active this year
because financier George Soros has backed out of funding Democrat-leaning 527s. But the Post fails to note that labor
unions were heavy 527 contributors that are likely to remain active.

UAW’s Gettelfinger Surrenders—With Pledge Not to Surrender
Last month, United Auto Workers (UAW) president Ron Gettelfinger told delegates at his union’s national convention
in Las Vegas that General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. needed to cut 60,000 union jobs. “Like it or not, these
challenges aren’t the kind that can be ridden out,” Gettelfinger said, pledging cooperation with the auto industry to help
solve its financial problems. But the UAW president complained about auto parts supplier Delphi’s efforts to nullify
union contracts in bankruptcy court, and he blamed President Bush for undermining trade, health care and workers’
rights. “We’re not going to surrender,” Gettelfinger pledged. “The skeptics who say this is the twilight of the UAW, that
we’re toast, that our epitaph has already been written, don’t know who we are and where we come from.” But where
are you going, Ron?

Presidential Hopeful John Edwards Leans on Unions
The Washington Post reports that former Sen. John Edwards has replaced traditional fundraising during the past 17
months with a strong pitch to earn the support of labor unions. “He has done more than any elected official or public
persona to support our union efforts to organize,” said Chris Chafe, chief of staff at UNITE-HERE, to the Post. The
fundraising hiatus doesn’t seem to be hurting the former 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee much: he knows
that union funding and grassroots support is worth a substantial amount to his campaign, and a Des Moines Register
poll last month shows Edwards the surprising front-runner in Iowa for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

NLPC Issues Reports on Labor Law, Unions and Immigration
The National Legal and Policy Center has released an intriguing monograph called Union Corruption and the Law:
Toward a Unified Framework for Reform by Phillip Wilson, vice president and general counsel of the Oklahoma-
based Labor Relations Institute, Inc. He argues that labor law is unwieldy and must be simplified, putting as much
power as possible in the hands of rank-and-file union dissenters. By summarizing four legal cases, Wilson shows that
even “obvious” wrongdoing is capable of triggering a host of counterclaims, often allowing defendants to squirm their
way to freedom. Union leaders are rarely held responsible for illegal actions by union employees and members. Plaintiff’s
expenses are often prohibitively time-consuming and expensive. NLPC has also issued a report by Carl Horowitz on
Why Unions Promote Mass Immigration: Behind Organized Labor’s Interest-Group Alliances, expanding upon his
March 2006 article in Labor Watch.



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