Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO

  • Your Next Airline Delay May Carry the Union Label

    Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Nobody likes travel delays, and airlines—by virtue of the weather and mechanical breakdowns, to name just two—tend to have a lot of them. Enter labor unions, who are looking to hammer the hyper-competitive, low-profit industry (one estimate from 2011 found that the airline industry had lost a collective $60 billion since 1978) with more demands […]

  • So Much for Solidarity: Teachers Union Provokes Fellow Union, Rank-and-File Members

    Posted on Sep 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions are no different than private-sector unions when it comes to investing member money on political issues. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its local affiliates have pumped over $585,000 into controversial civil rights leader Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN). But AFT’s New York City local president, Michael Mulgrew, is in hot […]

  • Coalition Fights for Employee Freedom

    Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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. […]

  • Micro-Unions Return to Gut Employee Rights

    Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of their ongoing efforts to weasel their way into workplaces and curtail employee rights, labor unions have aggressively pursued the creation of “micro-units”—subdivisions of a workplace that a union can organize one-by-one. Since the Obama-stacked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in the precedent-eviscerating Specialty Healthcare case that micro-units were hunky-dory, it was […]

  • Unions’ Weird Old Survival Trick Coming to a Congress Near You

    Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    An MSNBC report indicates that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) intends to introduce legislation to make union organizing a “civil right.” While Ellison’s legislative language has not yet been introduced, he expressed the desire to make it easier for pro-union employees who felt that their rights were violated to sue their employers. Current law already allows […]

  • For Big Labor, Is Politics More Important than College?

    Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Among the adversaries of labor unions’ politics and power plays, few inspire quite as much hatred from union bosses as libertarian businessmen-philanthropists Charles and David Koch. Unions have fought desperately against the Kochs’ efforts to fund pro-business candidates and causes, even when it traps them in hypocrisy when they buddy up with left-wing financiers (see: […]