Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

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  • United Steelworkers Boss Busted for Embezzlement

    Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses know a thing or two about the wrong side of the law. David R. Sager, the former president of the United Steelworkers Local 5000, is now under federal indictment for embezzling more than $185,000 from the union’s strike fund. Law360 has more: “A 29-count federal indictment has been unsealed charging David R. Sager of Gibsonburg, […]

  • Johnny Doc, Where’s the Brotherly Love?

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of America’s most powerful union bosses has some serious legal problems. John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, is currently under federal and state investigation. Why? Dougherty’s own finances, as well as the union’s donations to political campaigns and “allegations of a pattern of intimidation.” When it comes […]

  • NYC Union Boss Arrested on Fraud Charges

    Posted on Jun 13, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses just can’t say no to luxury. Take Norman Seabrook, the longtime president of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA) who was recently arrested on fraud charges. His crime? Seabrook allegedly steered $20 million in union money to a hedge fund called Platinum Partners in return for tens of thousands of dollars in […]

  • Desperate Unions Resort to…Inflatable Rats?

    Posted on Jun 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In America’s largest cities, developers are turning to nonunion labor for residential, commercial, and institutional construction projects. Sounds harmless, right? Big Labor doesn’t think so. “It’s putting profits before people,” claims Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. (Meanwhile, New York construction unions are notorious for paying black employees less than their […]

  • 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 […]

  • Ex-Big Labor Lawyer Resigns Under Pressure from Government Post

    Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Washington Examiner’s Luke Rosiak reports that the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), George Cohen, is resigning in advance of a Congressional investigation of the Service’s spending habits. The Examiner notes that Congress is investigating “allegations of excessive spending, improper use of government purchase cards, conflicts of interest, contracting irregularities, and retaliation […]

  • New York City Workers’ Union Boss Puts “Big” in Big Labor

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Local 983 of District Council 37, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) AFL-CIO, pays its president, Mark Rosenthal, over $156,000 per year, according to the New York Post. It seems like members might not receive much work for all that dues money. The Post alleges: The 400-pound president of Local 983 of […]

  • UFCW: Anatomy of an Anti-Corporate Campaign Smear

    Posted on Jun 07, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    One of the most disturbing strategies union officials employ to gain new members is the anti-corporate campaign, which essentially smears a company’s reputation. The idea is to apply enough pressure to make the company cave and hand over its employees to the union. A common tactic in these campaigns is to have a small group […]