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Category Archive: Political Money

  • Teamsters Employee Allegedly Embezzles with a Side of Hypocrisy

    Posted on Feb 02, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    An interesting item crossed the wires: Politico reports that the Teamsters Union’s court-appointed Independent Review Board (IRB) filed a subpoena for some Uber transportation account records. Court records show that the IRB believes that a Teamsters headquarters employee (who makes six figures in total compensation, according to DOL filings) was using the union’s credit card […]

  • Big Labor Spends Big Money—On Big Pleasure?

    Posted on Jan 26, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Why spend money on collective bargaining when you can buy movie tickets and luxury handbags? For Big Labor, it’s a valid question. Union bosses spent millions of dollars in member dues on activities completely unrelated to collective bargaining in 2015. The National Review reports: On 2015 filings, six private-sector unions together reported that they had spent nearly $347,000 at […]

  • SEIU Boss (Finally) Acknowledges Silenced Conservative Members

    Posted on Jan 12, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we noted last week, Big Labor is already preparing for a possible big blow in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case that could allow millions of public-sector employees to opt out of mandatory union dues. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is no exception. Appearing on David Axelrod’s radio show last week, Mary Kay Henry, president […]

  • Union-Backed Nonprofit Breaks Colorado Law

    Posted on Jan 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions are ringing in the New Year with a lot of politics—and a little lawbreaking on the side. They’re doing it by funding a Colorado-based nonprofit group called Jeffco United, which claims to support education reform on behalf of school-age children. Jeffco United has received more than $265,000 in total from national and local teachers unions since its inception in […]

  • New Analysis: Dues Money Goes to Causes That Union Members Don’t Support

    Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union political spending is widely discussed but poorly understood. Much is made of the millions of dollars in contributions that union PACs make, of which roughly 90 percent go to Democrats while roughly 40 percent of union families support Republicans. Unions argue that this isn’t an issue because those contributions are opt-in. However, unions also have […]

  • New SEIU Demonstrations Betray Electoral Motives

    Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), backed by the “workers organizing committees” and worker centers that it funds, are demonstrating against fast-food restaurants they hope to organize today. And while in the past the SEIU wanted to appear at least somewhat distant from the demonstrations the union has funded to the tune of $50 million, […]

  • Rival SEIU Bosses Split over California Ballot Strategy

    Posted on Nov 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The SEIU has spent tens of millions — a Reuters report on SEIU filings with the Labor Department put the number at $24-$50 million — on its fast food unionization and $15 minimum wage campaign. The latest battleground is California, where the SEIU has begun a signature collection effort to put a statewide $15 minimum wage […]

  • Progressives Love Labor Unions, Until This One Thing Happens

    Posted on Aug 11, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Liberal websites and progressive outfits—many of which receive some of the $100+ million directed from unions  to the left-wing infrastructure annually—are big promoters of the union agenda. But like unions themselves, when the realities of collective bargaining are brought to their own doors, even the most pro-labor groups can bust unions in ways that make […]