Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO (page 2)

  • About That Big Labor Union Victory

    Posted on Jun 30, 2015 by Team

    It’s an emerging Washington pundit-class genre: Big Labor’s big comeback. But as with many Beltway memes, there’s often less than meets the eye. And so it is with the latest round of stories. A couple of weeks ago, we saw the following three headlines after a trade bill lost a procedural vote (from Politico, The […]

  • AFT Locals Riven by Division, Dodgy Elections

    Posted on Jun 16, 2015 by Team

    The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), led by Randi Weingarten, has a history of misdeeds by its local unions. Some past local officials have gone to prison for years for corrupt practices. Now, two local AFT unions are riven by internal political squabbles, with Detroit’s union president facing recall and the local for Orange County, […]

  • Democrats Say Unions Crossing the Line on Trade

    Posted on Jun 08, 2015 by Team

    Unions and Democratic Party politicians are infamously loyal to one another. Labor PACs consistently send about 90 percent of their contributions to Democrats—even as roughly 40 percent of union households consistently vote Republican—and Democrats supply labor favors in return. But when labor and Democrats disagree, unions can savage their allies as brutally as they would […]

  • New Hampshire AFL-CIO Allegedly Disenfranchises Members

    Posted on Jun 03, 2015 by Team

    America’s labor unions are not fans of private votes, as their support of the anti-democratic public “card check” representation procedure clearly demonstrates. And their support of “union democracy”—internal procedures to allow members a say in the union’s governance—is rhetorical at best. The latest example comes from New Hampshire, where the state AFL-CIO declared its President, […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2015

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by Team

    Last week, the AFL-CIO released its annual report that claims to compare how much average employees make compared to business chief executives. The union federation alleged that CEOs make over 300 times what the “average worker” makes. Mark Perry at the American Enterprise Institute, among others, has chronicled the numerous flaws with this argument. Unions […]

  • Want to Kill a City? Ask Unions.

    Posted on May 15, 2015 by Team

    Recently, Baltimore, Maryland was racked by days of protests that surged into one night of violent rioting after a man died under suspicious circumstances—ruled by prosecutors to be an alleged criminal homicide—while in police custody. The focus on the city led many, including The Wall Street Journal’s William Galston, to ask why Baltimore has remained […]

  • NLRB Judgment Adds to Machinists’ Woes

    Posted on May 04, 2015 by Team

    They say that “April showers bring May flowers,” but the forecast for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) continues to be overcast. After an April that left the union’s organizing campaign at Delta referred to the Justice Department for allegedly forged authorization cards and saw the union pull its petition for a union election at […]

  • Poll: Union Approval Remains Low

    Posted on Apr 30, 2015 by Team

    Unions trade on claims of their wide public support, but even those boasts are getting narrower and narrower. A few labor flacks touted the findings of a recently released Pew Research Center poll about Americans’ views on unions, but in truth it mostly bears bad news for the union movement. Unions’ favorability, a clear majority […]