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Category Archive: SEIU

  • Investigation of Boilermakers Reveals “Lavish Spending Practices and a Lack of Accountability”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    There’s wasteful spending and then there’s the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. According to a recent Kansas City Star investigation, the 58,000-member Boilermakers union has earned quite a reputation for “fine dining, stays in posh hotels, and expensive hunting retreats,” while union officials and their relatives take home hefty six-figure salaries. In 2016, President Newton Jones’ total compensation climbed to […]

  • Wall Street Journal Highlights SEIU’s Fight for $15 Boondoggle

    Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, CUF Executive Director Richard Berman explained how the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Fight for $15 has failed to recruit new union members. Citing the SEIU’s recently released 2016 financial filings, Mr. Berman finds that the union has spent at least $90 million on the campaign since its launch in 2012. However, […]

  • SEIU Wastes $19 Million on the Fight for $15 in 2016

    Posted on Apr 03, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has released its 2016 financial disclosures with the Department of Labor. (You can see them here.) The numbers aren’t pretty. An analysis by the Center for Union Facts (CUF) reveals that the union spent more than $19 million on the Fight for $15 in 2016. CUF estimates that the total cost is […]

  • Trump Budget Axes Union-Funding Harwood Grant

    Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    President Trump’s budget sent shockwaves throughout Washington, D.C., especially the Department of Labor (DOL). It slashes the DOL’s funding from $12.2 billion this year to $9.6 billion next year—a 21 percent cut. Only the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department would see greater cuts if Congress approves. On the chopping block is the DOL’s Susan Harwood Training Grant […]

  • New Ad Highlights SEIU Hypocrisy

    Posted on Feb 13, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is waging a war on Labor Secretary-designate Andy Puzder—despite the thousands of unfair labor charges filed against the union. On Monday, the Center for Union Facts highlighted the SEIU’s hypocrisy with a full-page advertisement in The Wall Street Journal. Check it out:  

  • Big Labor Heaves Partisan Attacks at Labor Secretary Pick

    Posted on Feb 08, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses are leading the charge against Labor Secretary-Designate Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants. Back in December, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement: “With the intended nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor, [President] Trump has once again shown how out-of-touch he is with what working Americans need.” More recently, the […]

  • Union Membership Keeps Tumbling

    Posted on Jan 27, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on union membership. It’s more bad news for Big Labor, which has seen a half-century decline in its membership rolls. In 2016, only 14.6 million employees were union members—a drop to about 10 percent of the workforce. There are 240,000 fewer union employees now than […]

  • SEIU’s 2017 Resolution: Waste Less Money

    Posted on Jan 09, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    With a new administration coming in January, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) thinks the sky is falling. The memo comes from the union’s top leadership. In SEIU President Mary Kay Henry’s words: “Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of […]