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Category Archive: Political Money

  • Media Matters Lawyers Up Against Its SEIU Allies

    Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve caught unions (like the SEIU and the NEA) battling hard against the unions of their unionized staff. Their left-wing “nonprofit” allies seem no different: Left-wing media critics Media Matters for America are lawyering up and heading to the National Labor Relations Board to demand a secret-ballot election rather than a card-check agreement with SEIU […]

  • Union Hypocrisy on Political Cash Exposed

    Posted on Apr 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that “aggregate limits” — maximum totals on contributions to all candidates and party committees combined — on individuals’ election contributions were unconstitutional in a case titled McCutcheon v. FEC. This ruling annoyed Big Labor, which enjoys 10 of the top 14 spots in the ranking of organization contributors to […]

  • Randi’s Underlings Spend $4.8 Million Influencing New York

    Posted on Apr 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers—the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and NYC’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT)—are big-time political players in the Empire State. Randi Weingarten, the AFT’s national president, first rose through the ranks—and first waged war on school reformers—as president of the UFT. Lobbying disclosure filings from […]

  • Missouri Advances Paycheck Protection

    Posted on Apr 03, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Missouri State House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would provide public-sector employees the right to opt out of automatic deduction of dues and agency fees paid to unions. Although Missouri public employees are not currently protected by a “right to work” law that allows them to refrain from paying any dues […]

  • Unions Fight To Keep Political Cash Advantage

    Posted on Mar 26, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions used to be the leading source of organizational political contributions. A quick look at the Opensecrets list of “heavy hitters”—the top outside donors since 1989—shows that of the top 15 donor organizations, 10 are still labor unions. And Opensecrets only counts federal PAC contributions (which are opt-in); unions also maintain sophisticated state- and local-level […]

  • The Political Elephants in the Room

    Posted on Mar 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve pointed out before that unions’ ability to effectively compel members—including members who don’t support the unions’ political preferences—to support the politicians of the unions’ choosing makes them political power players. Now, our Executive Director is telling Pennsylvanians that Trumka’s money is coming to influence their election, a large bloc of members’ opinions aside: Last […]

  • The New York Times Flubs Union Political Funding

    Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With money in politics looking to be a major theme in Democratic Party messaging for the fall election, their friends are finding themselves trying to explain away the fact that over the past quarter-century the largest spenders on federal political candidates are (largely) labor unions, which are overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning. That has led many to get […]

  • UNITE HERE Reaps Wages of Partisanship

    Posted on Mar 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Culinary Local 226, an affiliate of UNITE HERE representing Las Vegas casino workers, is threatening to take its 10,000 members out on strike. The reason? The casinos and the union can’t agree on how to pay for putting Local 226 employee health plans into compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known […]