Labor Dept Pushes Unionization

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Labor Union Report has an interesting story about Mary Beth Maxwell, who, prior to joining the Labor Department, served as an officer in the American Rights at Work, which attempted to ensure the Employee Free Choice Act was passed, thereby enshrining forced union membership in federal law.  Here’s the story.

With billions of potential dues dollars at stake, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched its scheme to unionize the fast food industry in late 2009.

One of those individuals is a woman named Mary Beth Maxwell. Before joining the Department of Labor in 2009 as a senior advisor to then-Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Maxwell served as the founding executive director of the now-defunct “non-partisan” American Rights at Work (ARAW).

In the mid-2000s, AWAR was the union-funded group that pushed to effectively eliminate secret-ballot elections on union elections through the job-destroying and hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act.

. . . Maxwell is now the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and a senior advisor to Secretary Thomas Perez.

While her title has changed, Maxwell’s pushing of the union cause has not.

In a lengthy blogpost entitled, A Word From the Wise: Union, Maxwell tells the story of Terrence Wise, a fast-food worker who is part of the SEIU’s “Fight for $15″ movement.