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Archive: Aug 2014

  • “Top Chef” Staff Reportedly Treated to Teamster Tirades, Threats

    Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by Team

    Hell hath no fury like a union scorned. Earlier this year, Philadelphia-area Ironworkers Union members (including several officials) were brought up on federal charges for allegedly burning down a Quaker meetinghouse being built with nonunion labor. And now, the stars and staff of television cooking competition “Top Chef” have taken some fairly horrific abuse from […]

  • Despicable Teacher Union Tactics Draw Blowback

    Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by Team

    There is a saying among lawyers that if both the facts and the law are against you, the correct strategy is to jump up and down and bang on the table. Facing a public that is increasingly skeptical of her failed education status quo, it seems Randi Weingarten has adopted that model. But her latest […]

  • Dubious AFT Ally Hit With Fine for Beantown Shenanigans

    Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by Team

    Last year, Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) funded a shady political scheme to ensure that its man in Boston—Marty Walsh—won the city’s mayoral election. To refresh, AFT national slipped $480,000 to a New Jersey-based PAC (recall, Boston is not in New Jersey) which then bought advertisements under the name “One Boston” to hide […]

  • Coalition Fights for Employee Freedom

    Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by Team

    This week (August 10-16), a national coalition of groups (including the Center for Union Facts, which co-sponsors this website) are sponsoring National Employee Freedom Week to inform union members of their rights to opt out of union membership and certain (if not all) union dues. Working with grassroots state-level partners, the coalition and CUF are […]

  • Reform Teacher Tenure, Says…Whoopi Goldberg?

    Posted on Aug 07, 2014 by Team

    The radical leadership of teacher unions like American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten are fighting a desperate rearguard action to protect the cushy status quo of de facto jobs-for-life for that fraction of incompetent teachers who (in the words of one union representative) “shouldn’t even be pumping gas.” Liberals and Democrats are asking their partisan […]

  • AFT Puts Pensions at Risk for Radical Politics

    Posted on Aug 06, 2014 by Team

    The New York Times came out this week with a deep investigation into the problems faced by New York City’s public employee pension fund (NYCers). The fund is struggling to match projected returns promised to employees and retirees with actual returns, and city services are already beginning to suffer as general revenue supports the fund. […]