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Category Archive: Center for Union Facts

  • Unions Paid This Website $504,000. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

    Posted on Apr 17, 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, […]

  • Radical Labor Dragging Democrats Left of Obama

    Posted on Mar 27, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor is a key partisan constituent in the Democratic Party coalition, as evidenced by the fact that roughly 90 percent of union PAC contributions to candidates and an even greater percentage of union contributions to non-party ideological organizations go to Democrats and the Left. However, that doesn’t mean that Democrats always give unions what […]

  • Illinois Taxpayers Fund Teacher Union Lobbyist Pension

    Posted on Mar 24, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    What if one day of teaching could earn you a five-figure-per-year taxpayer-funded pension? One retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist is trying to turn this pipedream into reality. Retired lobbyist David Piccioli taught as a substitute for one day, which under Illinois’s extremely generous union-backed state pension rules entitles him to $31,485 per year from […]

  • Don’t Fear Recertification

    Posted on Mar 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    While unions who lose an organizing election can come back year after year until they win once and (effectively) forever.   The Employee Rights Act (ERA) would correct the structural imbalances in the organization process by requiring automatic recertification votes once half or more of the original certification voters had left the bargaining unit. This certification-related provisions […]

  • Do You Feel as Lucky as a Union Boss?

    Posted on Mar 18, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, our AFTFacts.com project challenged teachers and New York Post readers to test how their salary stacks up to that of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Noting that on St. Patrick’s Day (and every other day) Weingarten is “Seeing Green” from her $557,000-plus salary and expenses package, we’re showing the following ad: You […]

  • Stay Classy, Big Labor

    Posted on Mar 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been a rough week for union bosses and their political patrons: On Monday, Wisconsin enacted a right-to-work law that forbids the conditioning of employment on the payment of union dues or fees, meaning that half of the states now forbid the so-called “agency shop.” Union bosses, activists, and union-funded politicians are taking the news […]