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Category Archive: AFL-CIO

  • 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 […]

  • Big Labor Heaves Partisan Attacks at Labor Secretary Pick

    Posted on Feb 08, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses are leading the charge against Labor Secretary-Designate Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants. Back in December, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement: “With the intended nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor, [President] Trump has once again shown how out-of-touch he is with what working Americans need.” More recently, the […]

  • Union Bosses Spend $530 Million on Political Advocacy

    Posted on Dec 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    After months of combing LM-2 disclosure forms—the annual union financial reports required by the Labor Department—the Center for Union Facts (CUF) has found that labor unions sent nearly $530 million to Democrats and liberal special-interest groups from 2012 to 2015 for political advocacy purposes. 99 percent of Big Labor’s $530 million advocacy budget—funded primarily by […]

  • Union Political Spending Hits Record Highs

    Posted on Oct 25, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor is always more active in an election year, supporting the Democrats and liberal causes in line with a pro-union agenda. But 2016 is something else entirely. As The Wall Street Journal reports: According to the most recent campaign-finance filings, unions spent about $108 million on the elections from January 2015 through the end of August, a 38% jump […]

  • AFL-CIO Boss Attends Fidel Castro’s Birthday

    Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s no secret that labor unions are fond of economic redistribution. After all, labor leaders take hundreds of millions of dues dollars from their members and give predominantly to left-leaning causes each year, even though about 40 percent of union households vote Republican. Union bosses defend this reverse Robin Hood arrangement—whereby union workers are compelled to pay for well-funded political advocacy—by claiming that they’re nonpartisan […]

  • Union Bosses Flex Muscle in Philadelphia—Literally

    Posted on Aug 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the 2016 election heating up, union bosses are busy promoting their agenda. And the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a perfect opportunity to flex some muscle. Take John Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: “For Dougherty, it was more like contact, as he hugged guests, […]

  • Union Bosses Talk Wage Inequality, Rake in Six-Figure Salaries

    Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Six of America’s most powerful union bosses appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, decrying income inequality and advocating for reckless minimum-wage hikes. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged voters to “stand up to Wall Street” and “build a new era of shared prosperity.” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), praised the “[fight] for […]

  • SEIU Goes Rogue, Confronts Climate Change

    Posted on Jun 01, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    “[L]eaving oil, nautral gas, and other fossil fuels in the ground kills jobs, drives up energy costs, and threatens to strangle our economy.”—Laborers’ International Union (LIUNA) President Terry O’Sullivan   “We know first-hand that our fights for economic, racial, and immigrant justice are inextricably linked to the fight for environmental justice.”—Service Employees International Union (SEIU) […]