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Category Archive: AFL-CIO

  • Supreme Court Backlash Highlights Union Hypocrisy

    Posted on Jul 16, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has incensed union officials, who cite the nominee’s “pro-business stance” as cause for concern. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently warned that Kavanaugh “too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace.” He even claimed the nominee has a “dangerous track record of protecting the privileges […]

  • SEIU Scraps Health and Safety Program. Too Much Politics?

    Posted on Jun 21, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to Jordan Barab, a former Labor Department official under President Obama and longtime union staffer, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is scrapping its health and safety program. The SEIU—America’s largest labor union and one of its most politically active—is laying off its last health and safety official, Mark Catlin, next month. As Barab […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2018

    Posted on Jun 04, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of labor unions, recently released its annual Executive Paywatch report. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler describes the report as “further proof of America’s income inequality crisis,” for which she blames CEOs who are “paying themselves more and more.” The report found that the “average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company” […]

  • Sexual Harassment Allegations? Don’t Forget Big Labor

    Posted on Dec 01, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, sexual harassment allegations have shaken the country. But alleged sexual misconduct isn’t exclusive to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Don’t forget Big Labor! In October, we reported on the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) own history of harassment. Back then, Executive Vice President Scott […]

  • Hypocrisy Alert! Democrats Attack NLRB Nominee

    Posted on Aug 02, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of the hottest issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) right now involves class action lawsuits. In the 2012 D.R. Horton case, the NLRB ruled that employers may not mandate arbitration agreements barring employees from joining together in employment-related class action lawsuits against the employer. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has since refused to throw its weight behind the NLRB […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2017

    Posted on May 17, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of labor unions, recently released its annual Executive Paywatch report. It’s a routine attempt to, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka puts it, expose the “greed of corporate CEOs.” The report alleges that the average S&P 500 CEO earned $13.1 million in total compensation in 2016, while the typical U.S. rank-and-file worker […]

  • Investigation of Boilermakers Reveals “Lavish Spending Practices and a Lack of Accountability”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    There’s wasteful spending and then there’s the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. According to a recent Kansas City Star investigation, the 58,000-member Boilermakers union has earned quite a reputation for “fine dining, stays in posh hotels, and expensive hunting retreats,” while union officials and their relatives take home hefty six-figure salaries. In 2016, President Newton Jones’ total compensation climbed to […]

  • AFL-CIO Lays Off Union Members

    Posted on Mar 01, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The vaunted AFL-CIO—the self-proclaimed “voice for working families”—is laying off a whole lot of workers. As Bloomberg‘s Josh Eidelson reports, “The AFL-CIO is dismissing dozens of staff members as part of a restructuring amid continuing declines in union membership and fresh political threats to labor rights.” The federation’s spin was predictable. “We will have to end support for some […]