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Category Archive: AFSCME

  • Supreme Court Backlash Highlights Union Hypocrisy

    Posted on Jul 16, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has incensed union officials, who cite the nominee’s “pro-business stance” as cause for concern. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently warned that Kavanaugh “too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace.” He even claimed the nominee has a “dangerous track record of protecting the privileges […]

  • Janus Decision a Win for Workplace Freedom

    Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of plaintiff Mark Janus, a longtime American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) agency fee-payer. Because he did not want to financially support AFSCME, Janus argued that his $45 monthly fee was unconstitutional, infringing on his First Amendment rights. Janus’ also claimed that, since public-sector unions […]

  • SEIU Scraps Health and Safety Program. Too Much Politics?

    Posted on Jun 21, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to Jordan Barab, a former Labor Department official under President Obama and longtime union staffer, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is scrapping its health and safety program. The SEIU—America’s largest labor union and one of its most politically active—is laying off its last health and safety official, Mark Catlin, next month. As Barab […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Theft, Embezzlement, Oh My!

    Posted on Jun 13, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    Recent weeks have brought to light all sorts of union scandals, including theft, embezzlement, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and others. Thousands upon thousands of dollars in member dues were involved. The Labor Department has it all for you: On June 5th, 2018, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Sophia Love, former President of […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: The Indictments Continue

    Posted on Aug 24, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    In union America, corruption is just another day at the office. Here are this week’s best of the worst: In Michigan, Jerome Durden, former Financial Analyst at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), former Controller of the United Auto Workers (UAW)-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC), and former Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Leave the Light On […]

  • Two of the Craziest Labor Stories You’ll Ever Read

    Posted on Jul 11, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Life is never dull in union America. Earlier this month, George Botts, vice president of New York’s Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726, was caught falsifying time sheets. How’d he get caught? E-ZPass. According to the New York Daily News, Botts was recorded “paying tolls at the same time he was supposed to be performing union duties […]

  • Analyzing Big Labor’s Losing Right-to-Work Battle

    Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Right-to-work legislation—which bans union membership as a condition of employment—is currently being considered in Colorado and Ohio. If enacted, it would make 30 states “right-to-work,” or 60 percent of the country where employees are free from mandatory payments of union dues. (Kentucky and Missouri embraced right-to-work earlier this year.) It’s Big Labor’s worst nightmare. When given the choice […]

  • Christmas Craziness: Unwrapping a Connecticut Politician’s Conflict of Interest

    Posted on Dec 22, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As 2016 comes to a close, one state legislature is grappling with a conflict of interest between a state representative and a powerful labor union. Representative Joe Aresimowicz, Connecticut’s incoming House speaker, also work as the education coordinator for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). (AFSCME pays Rep. Aresimowicz more than $95,000 a year.) Aresimowicz was hired by AFSCME almost […]