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Category Archive: Teachers Unions

  • Paycheck Protection for California Teachers?

    Posted on Apr 09, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    California courtrooms—site of a major victory for school reformers against teachers unions’ defense of tenure—could soon be home to a big debate over employee rights. An education reform group (along with four public schoolteachers) has sued the state’s two teachers unions, affiliated with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). EdSource reports […]

  • Illinois Taxpayers Fund Teacher Union Lobbyist Pension

    Posted on Mar 24, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    What if one day of teaching could earn you a five-figure-per-year taxpayer-funded pension? One retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist is trying to turn this pipedream into reality. Retired lobbyist David Piccioli taught as a substitute for one day, which under Illinois’s extremely generous union-backed state pension rules entitles him to $31,485 per year from […]

  • Do You Feel as Lucky as a Union Boss?

    Posted on Mar 18, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, our AFTFacts.com project challenged teachers and New York Post readers to test how their salary stacks up to that of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Noting that on St. Patrick’s Day (and every other day) Weingarten is “Seeing Green” from her $557,000-plus salary and expenses package, we’re showing the following ad: You […]

  • Randi’s Pet Charter School Closes

    Posted on Mar 03, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Back in 2005, then-United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Randi Weingarten, now president of the national American Federation of Teachers (AFT), opened a (unionized) charter school in Brooklyn. She stated its purpose: “Our schools will show real, quantifiable student achievement and with those results, finally dispel the misguided and simplistic notion that the union contract […]

  • Detroit AFT Chooses Radical Path

    Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In 2010, the Chicago local of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) was taken over by its most radical caucus (led by left-wing union boss Karen Lewis). The result was a citywide teachers’ strike in 2012 that shuttered classes and inconvenienced parents for over a week, even as Chicago public schools continue to struggle. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Vermont Childcare Employees Reject Randi

    Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this year in Vermont, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) successfully  lobbied the state legislature to create a new pool of potential union employees out of home-based childcare providers in the state. The goal? Like the SEIU, which recently got smacked down by the Supreme Court for compelling home-based healthcare aides who didn’t join the union to pay dues, the AFT hoped to established a […]

  • New York Teachers Union Boss Booked for Alleged $200,000 Theft

    Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Clifford Garner, the president of the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers—Local 01871 of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers—was arrested this week on charges that he stole $200,000 from the union and over-billed the college (where he is an English professor) for expenses. Prosecutors stated in a press release that Garner allegedly stole $200,000 […]