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Category Archive: AFL-CIO

  • The Speaker Stands for Employee Rights

    Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich continued his work in support of employee rights today with an op-ed (co-signed by our Executive Director) published by the Washington Post. Looking at the recent midterm election results, they find a pattern in the victors’ platforms: On Election Day, voters didn’t just rebel against President Obama. There […]

  • NLRB Delivers Freshly Wrapped Gift to Trumka

    Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Around Washington, there’s a long-running rueful acceptance of the “Friday news dump” — the practice of releasing politically problematic information or decisions on Friday to avoid news coverage. And the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pulled off one heck of a news dump last Friday, dropping its highly controversial “quickie elections” rule. The rule was […]

  • Vermont Childcare Employees Reject Randi

    Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this year in Vermont, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) successfully  lobbied the state legislature to create a new pool of potential union employees out of home-based childcare providers in the state. The goal? Like the SEIU, which recently got smacked down by the Supreme Court for compelling home-based healthcare aides who didn’t join the union to pay dues, the AFT hoped to established a […]

  • Private-Sector Employee Rights Proposed for Wisconsin

    Posted on Dec 03, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker earned the deep hostility of Big Labor for pushing a package of public-sector employee rights reforms — part of budget repair legislation titled Act 10 — in 2011. A recall election and a re-election later, both Walker and the Republican state legislative majorities that passed Act 10 are still standing. Richard […]

  • AFL-CIO Throws Member Union under Liberal Bus

    Posted on Nov 26, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    When unions play politics, they throw a significant chunk of their membership under the proverbial bus. While 90 percent of union political contributions go to Democrats and an overwhelming percentage of identifiable contributions to political organizations go to liberal groups like the Center for American Progress, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Harry Reid’s Senate Majority […]

  • AFSCME Spins Membership Declines

    Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass a right-to-work law. Unions were outraged, but had little to complain about: Michiganders had just rejected a union proposal to rewrite the state’s labor laws to unions’ benefit (and prohibit right-to-work measures) despite over $23 million that was spent to pass it. For good measure, Michigan […]

  • Number Twenty-Three Stays Right to Work

    Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In February 2012, advocates for employee rights welcomed Indiana as the 23rd state to pass a right-to-work law under which unions cannot force non-members to fund the union. Big Labor (specifically the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150) sued on the preposterous grounds that the law violated their free speech rights, among other things. […]

  • About Tuesday

    Posted on Nov 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With few exceptions, Big Labor took a “thumpin” on Tuesday night, flushing tens of millions of their members’ dollars down the tubes to stall labor reform and curtail employee rights. Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO had vowed to take out six Republican state governors whom he deemed a threat to his agenda. Unfortunately for Trumka, all but one were […]