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Category Archive: Center for Union Facts

  • 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 […]

  • Paycheck Protection for California Teachers?

    Posted on Apr 09, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    California courtrooms—site of a major victory for school reformers against teachers unions’ defense of tenure—could soon be home to a big debate over employee rights. An education reform group (along with four public schoolteachers) has sued the state’s two teachers unions, affiliated with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). EdSource reports […]

  • Union Settles Multi-Million-Dollar Civil Rights Suit

    Posted on Apr 07, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses talk a big game about supporting civil rights, but their practices don’t always match their civil rights rhetoric. Case in point: Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers union in New York agreed to a settlement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that will cost the union up to $12.7 million, […]