Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO (page 2)

  • Meet the Latest Union-Front Spokesperson: “WORKER”

    Posted on Feb 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Over the weekend, a union-backed coalition in Michigan made an elementary mistake. “RAISE Michigan,” a front group for a conglomerate of liberal groups, worker centers, and labor unions, put out a statement announcing the beginning of a campaign to raise the Michigan state minimum wage and betrayed an unspoken truth about the new labor movement. […]

  • AFL-CIO Issues Wish List to Obama

    Posted on Jan 28, 2014 by J. Justin Wilson

    Tonight President Obama will give his State of the Union address, and some of his deepest-pocketed backers at the AFL-CIO have outlined their hoped-for initiatives from the President’s speech. Along with an immigration reform bill and more public sector union make-work spending, the nation’s largest union federation asked for two very specific favors: a minimum wage […]

  • Teachers Unions Caught in Shady Political Scheme

    Posted on Jan 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last November, unions including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its Boston local (the Boston Teachers Union or BTU) heavily backed Marty Walsh in the city’s mayoral election. (He won.) Part of that support was a $480,000 ad buy by the AFT national headquarters that the BTU swears it didn’t know about. The money […]

  • Judge Clears Detroit to Go Bust

    Posted on Dec 03, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In a much-anticipated decision this morning, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled against a group of labor unions and other creditors and allowed the City of Detroit to file for municipal Chapter IX bankruptcy. It gets worse for the city’s municipal unions, as Judge Rhodes put city workers’ pensions on the potential chopping block: In […]

  • What Do “Associate Voices” Have to Say About Working at Wal-Mart?

    Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an effort to try to fluff up its Astroturf campaign against the world’s largest retailer, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group OUR Walmart has a “grassroots” “Associate Voices” page. Here are some sample comments that Wal-Mart employees have left on the site. Many complain about particular managers or difficulty getting hours, but […]

  • “Dealing With” The Worker Center

    Posted on Nov 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has been trying to unionize Wal-Mart stores for over 15 years and had little success despite multiple incarnations of anti-corporate campaigns. The most recent in this series is a two-fer: Making Change at Walmart (an open UFCW project) and the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR […]

  • UAW’s Southern Strategy May Break the Law

    Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since things started to go badly for Detroit’s Big Three automakers (in large part because of unsustainable union contract demands), the United Auto Workers (UAW) has sought to unionize foreign-based “transplant” auto plants. These plants are located in the generally pro-business, individualist, and right-to-work South, making unionizing them difficult. The UAW has tried repeatedly to […]