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Category Archive: Center for Union Facts

  • Randi Distracts Philly from Real Reforms

    Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Philadelphia’s state-appointed school board (called the School Reform Commission) recently suspended the expired contract that city’s local of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has been working under for two years. The district hopes to redirect $43.8 million over the next year directly into classrooms from the move; reportedly, $15 million will be doled […]

  • Former Teachers Union Officer Charged with Sex Crimes

    Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    At the Center for Union Facts, we often track instances of union officials engaged in illegal activity—most often stealing their members’ money. But in an extremely disturbing case out of California, a former official in Local 2022 of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers has been charged with child sex abuse. John Arthur Loyd, a […]

  • Stand for Employee Rights, Washington Examiner Editors Say

    Posted on Oct 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Washington Examiner restated its position that the Employee Rights Act (ERA), a widely supported piece of labor reform legislation currently before Congress, would expand the opportunities for employees to have their voices heard in the workplace. Discussing the injustice created by effectively compelling employees to support union political activism (opting out is […]

  • Kids Left Behind as Randi’s Minions Walk Out in Waukegan

    Posted on Oct 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since last Thursday, members of Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, an affiliate of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT), have shut down schools in Waukegan, Illinois in an ongoing strike. The district has roughly 17,000 students, for whom parents must now make childcare arrangements. The teachers union is demanding across-the-board raises of […]

  • Union-Funded Liberal Group’s Weak Response to Employee Rights

    Posted on Oct 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner turned his attention to the Employee Rights Act (ERA), specifically its provision requiring unions to get opt-in permission before using member dues for political purposes. Our Executive Director offered some thoughts on the widely supported legislation: […] Rick Berman, whose Center for Union Facts has advocated for the […]

  • Attack Ads Brought to You by Big Labor

    Posted on Oct 01, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In this season of attack ads and SuperPACs, the idea that politics are infected by money is rampant and Big Labor wants the TV-watching public to believe that it has their backs. But it’s no secret that unions are big players in national elections. Open Secrets reports that union political action committees hold 11 of […]

  • Your Next Airline Delay May Carry the Union Label

    Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Nobody likes travel delays, and airlines—by virtue of the weather and mechanical breakdowns, to name just two—tend to have a lot of them. Enter labor unions, who are looking to hammer the hyper-competitive, low-profit industry (one estimate from 2011 found that the airline industry had lost a collective $60 billion since 1978) with more demands […]

  • Randi Rejected in Rhode Island

    Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, Democrats in Rhode Island chose their candidate for governor to replace outgoing Governor Lincoln Chafee, and they handed a major rebuke to the teachers unions in their choice. Gina Raimondo, the current state treasurer, won the nomination despite pushing a major pension reform during her term, which won her the enmity of public […]