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Category Archive: AFSCME

  • 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 […]

  • Union Bosses Talk Wage Inequality, Rake in Six-Figure Salaries

    Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Six of America’s most powerful union bosses appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, decrying income inequality and advocating for reckless minimum-wage hikes. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged voters to “stand up to Wall Street” and “build a new era of shared prosperity.” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), praised the “[fight] for […]

  • Unions Squabble about New Super PAC

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Some of America’s major labor unions have decided to form a (surprise, surprise) pro-Democrat super PAC for the 2016 election. Led by the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and National Education Association (NEA), the so-called For Our Future PAC is projected to raise about $50 million to boost the […]

  • Despite Government Efforts, Union Density Slips Further

    Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In December, a reporter for Politico proposed that a series of Obama Administration actions were proof of “Labor’s big comeback.” We were skeptical, to say the least: Year after year of reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that an ever-shrinking percent of employees bother to actually join unions. Now we can add […]

  • Hypocritical “Union Shop” Flails in Defense of Union Funding

    Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We recently questioned the timing of the Center for Media and Democracy’s decision to allow itself to directly take funding from unions. A reporter with Watchdog.org contacted CMD head Lisa Graves for comment, and received a curious reply. We’ll let Watchdog explain: Graves called the undisclosed union donations “a small percent of its overall funding.” […]