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Category Archive: DOL

  • SEIU Wastes $19 Million on the Fight for $15 in 2016

    Posted on Apr 03, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has released its 2016 financial disclosures with the Department of Labor. (You can see them here.) The numbers aren’t pretty. An analysis by the Center for Union Facts (CUF) reveals that the union spent more than $19 million on the Fight for $15 in 2016. CUF estimates that the total cost is […]

  • Trump Budget Axes Union-Funding Harwood Grant

    Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    President Trump’s budget sent shockwaves throughout Washington, D.C., especially the Department of Labor (DOL). It slashes the DOL’s funding from $12.2 billion this year to $9.6 billion next year—a 21 percent cut. Only the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department would see greater cuts if Congress approves. On the chopping block is the DOL’s Susan Harwood Training Grant […]

  • Labor Secretary Lies About Lineage?

    Posted on Jul 26, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been a rough few weeks for U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Not only was Perez—the architect of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) job-killing overtime rule—passed over as a vice presidential candidate, but the secretary also sparked a firestorm of controversy. Why? Because of his ancestry—or, rather, what he said about it. In stump speeches and […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2016

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO releases an annual “Executive PayWatch” report, purporting to show that CEOS are raking in stupid money while employees get peanuts. The statistical gymnastics that the union federation uses to claim CEOs are making 335 times what the “average worker” makes are extreme, as the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry (among others) has explained in detail. […]

  • New “Persuader” Reporting Gives Unions Another Election Advantage

    Posted on Mar 24, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Department of Labor completed a labor favor that has been years in the making. The Department finalized and issued its “persuader rule,” a policy that requires employers to disclose indirect assistance they received in crafting a campaign to recommend that employees not unionize. (Prior precedent had required employers to report only consultants […]

  • SEIU Fronts Find New Federal Ally

    Posted on May 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    From the moment President Obama was elected, labor unions have demanded what former AFSCME boss Gerald McEntee memorably called “payback” for putting millions of dollars behind his election efforts. This week, “payback” came in the form of a new director of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), David Weil. Weil is a former […]

  • Proposed Management Reporting Rule a Costly Gift to Union Bosses

    Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Obama Administration has made no secret of its efforts to stall the decline in union memberships not by reforming unions but by curtailing employee and management rights. The Department of Labor alone has reduced union transparency by abolishing certain reporting requirements and cut the number of investigations into union financial impropriety. Former Secretary of […]

  • Hearings on Labor Nominee Perez Start

    Posted on Apr 19, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently began its hearings on Thomas Perez’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. Many are asking questions about Perez’s record, but our Executive Director writes in POLITICO that Senators should be very interested in his and the Labor Department’s agenda: The Senate’s HELP Committee should have no […]