Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO (page 2)

  • Teacher Union Case Carries Employee Rights to Supreme Court

    Posted on Jan 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Monday of next week (January 11) marks a major milestone in the effort to bring employee rights in the workplace to teachers and other public-sector employees. The Supreme Court will hear a case titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., brought by California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs (and other teachers) against her National Education Association-affiliated […]

  • Construction Union Faces Federal Trial for Alleged Race Discrimination

    Posted on Dec 14, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted the fact that New York City construction unions’ black members make 20 percent less than white members. We’ve pondered why that might be, and a federal lawsuit that received a pre-trial hearing last week gives us considerable insight into how the locals represented by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York may […]

  • Construction Unions’ Pay Gap Dodge Only Raises More Questions

    Posted on Dec 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since we began our campaign to draw attention to the disparities in pay between African Americans and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction industry, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has been flailing in response. They’re relying on tired, old ad hominems against us, but we’re more interested in […]

  • Wisconsin Union Intimidates Dissidents

    Posted on Dec 02, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of Big Labor’s notorious intimidation tactics is the so-called “scab list”—a public list of employees represented by the union who aren’t participating in some union activity, usually striking or paying nonmember “agency fees” in states where they aren’t mandatory. Last week, we covered one United Auto Workers local (UAW Local 600) which intimidated dissenters […]

  • Who’s Taking a Bite Out of Black Construction Workers’ Pay?

    Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We have investigated the distressing gaps in pay between black and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction trades. This week, we took our efforts to educate the public on the income inequality in the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) to the streets, into the press, and onto the […]

  • Pennsylvania Legislature Confronts Union Violence

    Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions have multiple exemptions from commonly applied laws that protect people from violence and intimidation. Perhaps nowhere in the country is that more the case than in Pennsylvania, where unions have a wide exemption from stalking, harassment, and threats of violence laws. The state legislature is looking to change that: The state legislature passed the […]

  • Left-Wing Group Does Randi’s Bidding on Charters

    Posted on Oct 22, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a left-wing advocacy outfit based in Madison, Wisconsin, has called itself a “union shop” in reference to its unionized staff. But it’s a “union shop” in more ways than just that—in a conveniently-timed reversal of a previous position, CMD takes money from labor unions, too. (CMD doesn’t disclose these union […]

  • Firefighters Union Boss Lives Large on Member Money

    Posted on Oct 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold A. Schaitberger’s expense account got the fine-toothed comb treatment from the New York Times. Citing internal documents that the Times obtained, labor beat reporter Noam Scheiber notes that the boss is a fan of the finer things in life: Then there are the meals. Mr. Schaitberger is a […]