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Category Archive: AFL-CIO

  • Will Wisconsin Be Number Twenty-Five?

    Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big news from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin: Legislators are calling a special session to advance a right-to-work measure. Following reforms permitting employees to refrain from funding unions in Indiana and Michigan, the state legislature has indicated that it will pass the measure and Governor Scott Walker has said he will sign it. Wisconsin would […]

  • An NPR ‘Miss’ On Labor Unions and the Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    A recent National Public Radio (NPR) report looked curiously at the phenomenon of unions pushing for radical minimum wage increases (including in some cases a more-than-doubling of the current minimums). Correspondent Ben Bergman notes that few workers who make the minimum are unionized, and he asks what unions stand to gain from their campaigns. We […]

  • Union Strike Threatens Cheap Gas, Ambulance Services Might Be Next

    Posted on Feb 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    You may have noticed that the price of gasoline has plummeted recently. Good news, right? Well, not if you’re the United Steelworkers (USW): The union just walked out on strike at nine oil industry facilities in Texas. The Houston Chronicle quotes an employment lawyer noting that USW’s strategy seems lacking: The strike could be a […]

  • Despite Government Efforts, Union Density Slips Further

    Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In December, a reporter for Politico proposed that a series of Obama Administration actions were proof of “Labor’s big comeback.” We were skeptical, to say the least: Year after year of reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that an ever-shrinking percent of employees bother to actually join unions. Now we can add […]

  • Hypocritical “Union Shop” Flails in Defense of Union Funding

    Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We recently questioned the timing of the Center for Media and Democracy’s decision to allow itself to directly take funding from unions. A reporter with Watchdog.org contacted CMD head Lisa Graves for comment, and received a curious reply. We’ll let Watchdog explain: Graves called the undisclosed union donations “a small percent of its overall funding.” […]

  • Detroit AFT Chooses Radical Path

    Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In 2010, the Chicago local of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) was taken over by its most radical caucus (led by left-wing union boss Karen Lewis). The result was a citywide teachers’ strike in 2012 that shuttered classes and inconvenienced parents for over a week, even as Chicago public schools continue to struggle. […]

  • Anti-Walker Group Changed No-Union-Funds Rule Just After 2010 Elections

    Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a left-wing organization that is a critical cog in the Wisconsin liberal-progressive infrastructure network. The group has taken significant funding from major labor unions in recent years—in 2013, $118,000 in identifiable union expenditures to CMD amounted to 13.6% of the organization’s contribution and grant revenue. Prior to […]

  • Ironworkers Boss Stands Trial for Mafia-Style Racket

    Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We covered the indictment of the “THUGs” — seriously, that was the name of one of their “goon squads” — of Ironworkers Local Union 401 back in February. Ten people affiliated with the Philadelphia union, including the union’s financial secretary and multiple business agents, were charged with RICO crimes related to a series of actions […]