Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO (page 2)

  • Luddite Unions Pick Cabbies over Consumers

    Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Back in Industrial Revolution-era England, the Luddites were a group of artisans who engaged in sabotage against factories they felt were taking their jobs. They lost, but don’t tell Big Labor: In cities across the nation, taxicab drivers backed by various national unions are protesting new internet-based car-hire services such as Uber. Consumers tend to […]

  • AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History

    Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized […]

  • Randi Called Out for Dodging Accountability

    Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Randi Weingarten likes to claim people who call her out are ultra-right-wing Tea Partiers, education privatizers, or agents of libertarian activist-philanthropists Charles and David Koch. In an interview with the Washington Post, Randi claimed that “the Koch brothers and deep-pocketed conservative activists” are behind “an anti-public education agenda of vouchers, privatization, and attacks on teachers […]

  • Trumka Bringing Card-Check II to a Congress Near You?

    Posted on Jun 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    After Big Labor’s push for the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) failed in 2009-2010, Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO have been trying to concoct a new way to harvest more union dues and stop their long-term decline. We’ve seen union bosses hide behind fake grassroots “worker center” front groups, threaten management’s right to […]

  • Skepticism Abounds on NYC Teachers Union Deal

    Posted on May 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The conventional wisdom on the recent deal between New York City and Michael Mulgrew’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is that it was a good compromise for both parties. Mulgrew agreed to some concessions on work rules and the UFT got some (but not all) of the “back pay” it wanted. However, when the UFT […]

  • OUR Walmart: Still UFCW in “Worker Center” Costume

    Posted on Apr 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Annually, labor union federations and private-sector unions must publish an annual report to the Department of Labor (known as the LM-2) pursuant to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.  And even though one of the first acts of the Obama/Solis pro-union DoL was gutting Bush-era reforms that made unions more transparent, they still contain useful […]

  • New York Governor Hits Randi’s Henchmen

    Posted on Mar 26, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic Governor of New York, has had his hands full with agitation by the American Federation of Teachers Local 2, the United Federation of Teachers. Cuomo sits more on the “reform” side of the internal debate in his party between the teachers unions (who have the ear of City Mayor Bill de […]

  • AFT Chicago Local Pushes Left-Wing Teaching

    Posted on Mar 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Remember Karen Lewis? She is the radical President of the Chicago Teachers Union, American Federation of Teachers Local 1, which made national headlines in 2012 for going on citywide strike. (Our thoughts on that action aren’t subtle: You don’t block the schoolhouse door to stop reform of one of America’s lowest-performing school districts.) Lewis is […]