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Category Archive: Political Money

  • Big Bill’s Cousin Johnny Funneling Hidden Campaign Cash?

    Posted on Jun 04, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last year, Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York City, thanks in large part to hundreds of thousands of dollars in union “independent expenditures” — election spending not formally coordinated with a campaign, and funded by member dues. Now, it appears that Big Labor’s network of outside spending was even broader (and better disguised) […]

  • ERA Does the D.C. Rounds

    Posted on May 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of its week-long series on Big Labor’s struggles, the Washington Examiner took a look at the Employee Rights Act (ERA), a piece of legislation that would grant individual employees more rights in the workplace. It’s past time the ERA got a hearing in Washington, as its provisions are supported by wide majorities. Each […]

  • Two-Faced Randi Fights, Spends Political Cash

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    If cognitive dissonance were a disease, Randi Weingarten had better hope her health insurance covers it as a preexisting condition. Last week, Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), led a protest against a pro-charter school conference in Lake Placid, New York. Her chief complaint: well-funded special interest groups are corrupting New York’s education system. […]

  • Congressman Shacks Up with SEIU

    Posted on Apr 22, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) describes “organized labor [as] the strongest voice in our nation for the needs of working families.” Now Honda has reportedly taken his affection for Big Labor to a new level: cohabitation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Honda located his 2014 re-election campaign office inside the headquarters of the Service Employees International Union Local 521. Honda can’t […]

  • 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 […]