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Category Archive: Teachers Unions

  • New Jersey Teachers Unions Hold Back Students

    Posted on Sep 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In New Jersey, thousands of students languish on waiting lists for charter schools, desperate but unable to leave failing public schools. The main reason? Teachers unions, which have spent of millions of dollars attacking charter schools—and those who support them. Governor Chris Christie recently admitted as much, insisting that union bosses are keeping students trapped […]

  • Union Bosses Talk Wage Inequality, Rake in Six-Figure Salaries

    Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Six of America’s most powerful union bosses appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, decrying income inequality and advocating for reckless minimum-wage hikes. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged voters to “stand up to Wall Street” and “build a new era of shared prosperity.” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), praised the “[fight] for […]

  • Boisterous Teachers Union Silences Conservative Members

    Posted on Jul 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Education Association (NEA) is not one to keep its anti-reform agenda quiet. That was made clear at the union’s annual labor conference this week, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—who received an early endorsement from the NEA—was recruited to speak. When Clinton praised charter schools—saying that “when schools get it right, whether they are traditional public […]

  • EXPOSED: Local Teachers Union Protects Abusive Teacher

    Posted on Jun 21, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    What does it take to fire a really bad teacher? Apparently, a lot. A Project Veritas video revealed two union officials with the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT)—a New York affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers—brainstorming ways to protect an abusive teacher played by an undercover journalist. The planted (white) teacher, who hypothetically struck a minority […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2016

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO releases an annual “Executive PayWatch” report, purporting to show that CEOS are raking in stupid money while employees get peanuts. The statistical gymnastics that the union federation uses to claim CEOs are making 335 times what the “average worker” makes are extreme, as the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry (among others) has explained in detail. […]

  • Courts Give Randi and Allies Big Gifts

    Posted on Apr 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    States are fed up with an education system that leaves American students behind their peers abroad. As a result, they have been taking on union-backed policies of “tenure” that give teachers, almost regardless of ability, effective jobs for life. Unfortunately for students, appellate courts in California and North Carolina have just handed teacher union bosses […]

  • Supreme Court Hands Employee Rights a Big Loss

    Posted on Apr 01, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    In January, we reported on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case which took public-sector labor law under serious consideration for the first time in decades. Fast forward a few months and a verdict has been reached: The Court split along ideological lines and came to a 4-4 decision, upholding the status quo and sparing union bosses a […]

  • Chicago Teachers Union Wastes Millions of Dollars

    Posted on Feb 24, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    For the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), collective bargaining is just the beginning. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago’s premier teachers union collects more than $25 million a year in member dues from roughly 28,000 teachers and administrators. How it spends the money goes far beyond run-of-the-mill pay and benefit negotiations with employers. Eight CTU employees, including CTU President […]