If it walks like a labor union, talks like a labor union, acts like a labor union, and is funded by labor unions, is it a labor union? That is the question my guest, Maxford Nelsen, Director of Labor Policy at the Freedom Foundation, is asking about Working Washington, a Service Employees International Union front group active in the state of Washington. The Freedom Foundation, alongside the Center for Union Facts, filed a complaint with the Department of Labor asking the Labor Department to regulate Working Washington as a labor union because it advocates for changes in workers’ wages, hours, and conditions of employment while taking over $15.5 million in payments from labor unions—most notably the SEIU.
- Bloomberg Law: Punching In: Business-Backed Groups Call for Worker Center Probe
- Influence Watch: Working Washington
- Influence Watch: Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959
- Capital Research Center: Big Labor’s New Clothes
- Capital Research Center: Unions and Their “Worker Centers” Behind a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage