Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: AFL-CIO (page 2)

  • Reform Teacher Tenure, Says…Whoopi Goldberg?

    Posted on Aug 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The radical leadership of teacher unions like American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten are fighting a desperate rearguard action to protect the cushy status quo of de facto jobs-for-life for that fraction of incompetent teachers who (in the words of one union representative) “shouldn’t even be pumping gas.” Liberals and Democrats are asking their partisan […]

  • AFT Puts Pensions at Risk for Radical Politics

    Posted on Aug 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York Times came out this week with a deep investigation into the problems faced by New York City’s public employee pension fund (NYCers). The fund is struggling to match projected returns promised to employees and retirees with actual returns, and city services are already beginning to suffer as general revenue supports the fund. […]

  • Micro-Unions Return to Gut Employee Rights

    Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of their ongoing efforts to weasel their way into workplaces and curtail employee rights, labor unions have aggressively pursued the creation of “micro-units”—subdivisions of a workplace that a union can organize one-by-one. Since the Obama-stacked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in the precedent-eviscerating Specialty Healthcare case that micro-units were hunky-dory, it was […]

  • Unions’ Weird Old Survival Trick Coming to a Congress Near You

    Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    An MSNBC report indicates that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) intends to introduce legislation to make union organizing a “civil right.” While Ellison’s legislative language has not yet been introduced, he expressed the desire to make it easier for pro-union employees who felt that their rights were violated to sue their employers. Current law already allows […]

  • For Big Labor, Is Politics More Important than College?

    Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Among the adversaries of labor unions’ politics and power plays, few inspire quite as much hatred from union bosses as libertarian businessmen-philanthropists Charles and David Koch. Unions have fought desperately against the Kochs’ efforts to fund pro-business candidates and causes, even when it traps them in hypocrisy when they buddy up with left-wing financiers (see: […]

  • Desperate UAW Digs in for Chattanooga Fight

    Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you thought that a defeat for a union in a unionization election was the end of Big Labor’s efforts, you’d be wrong. Volkswagen plant workers who told the United Auto Workers to get packing are about to learn this, as the union has created a local to “represent” the workers despite the employees’ clear […]

  • Postal Unions Choose Status Quo over Customer-Friendly Reforms

    Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United States Postal Service (USPS), like many unionized organizations, loses money hand-over-fist and is saddled with unsustainable labor costs. In an effort to increase usage of USPS services and lower labor costs, the Postal Service is placing self-service kiosks in Staples stores. It’s a win for customers and taxpayers: Who could have a problem […]

  • 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 […]