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Category Archive: Political Money

  • Stand for Employee Rights, Washington Examiner Editors Say

    Posted on Oct 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Washington Examiner restated its position that the Employee Rights Act (ERA), a widely supported piece of labor reform legislation currently before Congress, would expand the opportunities for employees to have their voices heard in the workplace. Discussing the injustice created by effectively compelling employees to support union political activism (opting out is […]

  • Union-Funded Liberal Group’s Weak Response to Employee Rights

    Posted on Oct 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner turned his attention to the Employee Rights Act (ERA), specifically its provision requiring unions to get opt-in permission before using member dues for political purposes. Our Executive Director offered some thoughts on the widely supported legislation: […] Rick Berman, whose Center for Union Facts has advocated for the […]

  • Attack Ads Brought to You by Big Labor

    Posted on Oct 01, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    In this season of attack ads and SuperPACs, the idea that politics are infected by money is rampant and Big Labor wants the TV-watching public to believe that it has their backs. But it’s no secret that unions are big players in national elections. Open Secrets reports that union political action committees hold 11 of […]

  • So Much for Solidarity: Teachers Union Provokes Fellow Union, Rank-and-File Members

    Posted on Sep 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions are no different than private-sector unions when it comes to investing member money on political issues. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its local affiliates have pumped over $585,000 into controversial civil rights leader Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN). But AFT’s New York City local president, Michael Mulgrew, is in hot […]

  • Dubious AFT Ally Hit With Fine for Beantown Shenanigans

    Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last year, Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) funded a shady political scheme to ensure that its man in Boston—Marty Walsh—won the city’s mayoral election. To refresh, AFT national slipped $480,000 to a New Jersey-based PAC (recall, Boston is not in New Jersey) which then bought advertisements under the name “One Boston” to hide […]

  • Unions Negotiating with NYC Fill Mayor’s Slush Fund

    Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this year, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT)—an affiliate of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—got almost all that it wanted—including billions of dollars in “back pay”—in its negotiations with New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio over a new contract. UFT heavily backed de Blasio’s election with $250,000 in “independent expenditures” […]

  • Teachers Union Fighting Campaign Disclosure

    Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions in Massachusetts have tried before to obscure their involvement in political races: The Boston Teachers Union (BTU), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) led by Randi Weingarten, was criticized by the Boston Globe for a shady political scheme designed to elect BTU’s favored mayoral candidate. Now, Massachusetts legislators are trying […]

  • SCOTUS Strikes Down $30 Million SEIU Scheme

    Posted on Jul 01, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down a major Service Employees International Union (SEIU) scheme to stanch the decline in workforce unionization. The high court ruled that SEIU could not require participants in an Illinois state Medicaid program to pay non-members’ representational fees (agency fees) to SEIU. The deal to unionize so-called “home health care workers”—including […]