Worker centers serve big labor, not employees

By Richard Berman, Nation’s Restaurant News

With all the protests by labor activists over the minimum wage and pay at retailers and restaurants this year, chances are you have become familiar with so-called worker centers. Unlike labor unions, these new models of labor activism don’t have regulations on length of picketing or filing spending reports.

Sweetheart deal? Unions allowed to cut retiree benefits rather than fix underfunded pensions

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, The Washington Times

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a heavyweight on the labor scene. It pays its president $350,000 a year. It’s holding its next executive board meeting in February at a swanky beachfront resort in Hollywood, Florida. And it just doled out nearly $8 million to influence the last election and lobby Washington.