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Category Archive: Teachers Unions

  • 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 […]

  • Strike Fear into Children Any Halloween with CUF’s Randi Mask

    Posted on Nov 03, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Readers of the Halloween edition of the New York Post who needed a last-minute costume got a gift from us—a mask of “the scariest union leader in America.” And whose mug was available for hole-punching? There were a few choices we could have made: a former AFT local treasurer accused of sex crimes; the Fazio […]

  • 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: […]

  • Randi Distracts Philly from Real Reforms

    Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Philadelphia’s state-appointed school board (called the School Reform Commission) recently suspended the expired contract that city’s local of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has been working under for two years. The district hopes to redirect $43.8 million over the next year directly into classrooms from the move; reportedly, $15 million will be doled […]

  • Former Teachers Union Officer Charged with Sex Crimes

    Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    At the Center for Union Facts, we often track instances of union officials engaged in illegal activity—most often stealing their members’ money. But in an extremely disturbing case out of California, a former official in Local 2022 of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers has been charged with child sex abuse. John Arthur Loyd, a […]