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  • An NPR ‘Miss’ On Labor Unions and the Minimum Wage

    Posted on Feb 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    A recent National Public Radio (NPR) report looked curiously at the phenomenon of unions pushing for radical minimum wage increases (including in some cases a more-than-doubling of the current minimums). Correspondent Ben Bergman notes that few workers who make the minimum are unionized, and he asks what unions stand to gain from their campaigns. We […]

  • Hypocritical “Union Shop” Flails in Defense of Union Funding

    Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We recently questioned the timing of the Center for Media and Democracy’s decision to allow itself to directly take funding from unions. A reporter with Watchdog.org contacted CMD head Lisa Graves for comment, and received a curious reply. We’ll let Watchdog explain: Graves called the undisclosed union donations “a small percent of its overall funding.” […]

  • Anti-Walker Group Changed No-Union-Funds Rule Just After 2010 Elections

    Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a left-wing organization that is a critical cog in the Wisconsin liberal-progressive infrastructure network. The group has taken significant funding from major labor unions in recent years—in 2013, $118,000 in identifiable union expenditures to CMD amounted to 13.6% of the organization’s contribution and grant revenue. Prior to […]

  • Randi’s Political Money Fails to Buy Friends

    Posted on Jan 07, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s no surprise that Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) went hard in last November’s elections for Democrats and liberal candidates. Since Opensecrets records began in 1990, the federal AFT political action committee has directed 89 percent of its contributions to Democrats. (In 2014, the three of the few Republicans who received AFT contributions […]

  • AFL-CIO Throws Member Union under Liberal Bus

    Posted on Nov 26, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    When unions play politics, they throw a significant chunk of their membership under the proverbial bus. While 90 percent of union political contributions go to Democrats and an overwhelming percentage of identifiable contributions to political organizations go to liberal groups like the Center for American Progress, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Harry Reid’s Senate Majority […]

  • Selling Shares Isn’t Changing Jobs

    Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has supported—along with over 80 percent of the American public—the Employee Rights Act for some time. He recently restated his support for this package of labor reforms in an opinion piece that has run in numerous outlets, including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Detroit News, the Tampa Tribune, the […]

  • About Tuesday

    Posted on Nov 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With few exceptions, Big Labor took a “thumpin” on Tuesday night, flushing tens of millions of their members’ dollars down the tubes to stall labor reform and curtail employee rights. Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO had vowed to take out six Republican state governors whom he deemed a threat to his agenda. Unfortunately for Trumka, all but one were […]

  • Despicable Mailers from Randi’s Allies Land in New York State

    Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York State affiliate of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), received significant bipartisan criticism over the weekend for an unbelievably insensitive attack mail piece that its PAC VOTE-COPE sent in a New York State Senate race. You can see it for yourself (as shown to the Buffalo News) below: […]