Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO (page 2)

  • Democrats Say Unions Crossing the Line on Trade

    Posted on Jun 08, 2015 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 […]

  • Machinists’ Union Troubles Prove Need for Secret Ballot Votes

    Posted on Apr 22, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The International Association of Machinists (IAM) has had a lousy month. Two major organizing campaigns by the 569,000-member union have hit serious stumbling blocks, and the manner of flop demonstrates the need for the Employee Rights Act’s federal protection of secret ballot votes on whether to form a union. First, the IAM’s effort to organize […]

  • Unions Paid This Website $504,000. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In late 2013 and early 2014, the Internet suffered a plague of psychologically tested headlines (similar to the one in this post title), unleashed on an unsuspecting public by a “viral content” site, Upworthy. And while changes to the Facebook algorithm have reduced the site’s ability to jackhammer vapid memes into people’s heads, the site […]