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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • SEIU Organizer Allegedly Beats Up NYPD

    Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted before that unions are desperately trying to shake off their well-deserved reputation as “thugs.” Unfortunately for their rebranding effort, union bosses just can’t seem to get out of the old habit of physical violence, with an SEIU Local 32BJ organizing coordinator charged with numerous offenses relating to him allegedly assaulting New York City […]

  • New York Teachers Union Boss Booked for Alleged $200,000 Theft

    Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Clifford Garner, the president of the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers—Local 01871 of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers—was arrested this week on charges that he stole $200,000 from the union and over-billed the college (where he is an English professor) for expenses. Prosecutors stated in a press release that Garner allegedly stole $200,000 […]

  • UFCW Extortionist Plot Fails to Fool Feds

    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week on an appeal by several convicted former bosses of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 who were convicted in 2012 of various racketeering-related crimes. The appeals court upheld the convictions of former Local 348 officers John Fazio; Anthony Fazio, Sr.; and Anthony […]

  • 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 […]

  • Postal Unions Choose Status Quo over Customer-Friendly Reforms

    Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United States Postal Service (USPS), like many unionized organizations, loses money hand-over-fist and is saddled with unsustainable labor costs. In an effort to increase usage of USPS services and lower labor costs, the Postal Service is placing self-service kiosks in Staples stores. It’s a win for customers and taxpayers: Who could have a problem […]

  • AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History

    Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized […]

  • Union THUGs Face the Fuzz

    Posted on Feb 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last year, we reported on a concerning story out of Philadelphia. A Quaker meetinghouse that was being built by non-union labor was burned down, and local police found that it was “absolutely” related to a union labor dispute. Today, the federal Department of Justice announced it agreed. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of […]

  • Bill to Protect Union Whistleblowers Proposed

    Posted on Jan 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Among the favors federal law offers labor unions that it does not offer other groups is an exemption from employee “whistleblower” protection laws. If union employees or junior officials find financial misconduct and bring it to the attention of union officers, those employees can be fired, sometimes without explanation. (The particulars depend on the employees’ […]