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Category Archive: AFL-CIO

  • 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) […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2016

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO releases an annual “Executive PayWatch” report, purporting to show that CEOS are raking in stupid money while employees get peanuts. The statistical gymnastics that the union federation uses to claim CEOs are making 335 times what the “average worker” makes are extreme, as the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry (among others) has explained in detail. […]

  • Unions Squabble about New Super PAC

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Some of America’s major labor unions have decided to form a (surprise, surprise) pro-Democrat super PAC for the 2016 election. Led by the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and National Education Association (NEA), the so-called For Our Future PAC is projected to raise about $50 million to boost the […]

  • Courts Give Randi and Allies Big Gifts

    Posted on Apr 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    States are fed up with an education system that leaves American students behind their peers abroad. As a result, they have been taking on union-backed policies of “tenure” that give teachers, almost regardless of ability, effective jobs for life. Unfortunately for students, appellate courts in California and North Carolina have just handed teacher union bosses […]