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Category Archive: Teachers Unions

  • Big Labor Spends Big Money—On Big Pleasure?

    Posted on Jan 26, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Why spend money on collective bargaining when you can buy movie tickets and luxury handbags? For Big Labor, it’s a valid question. Union bosses spent millions of dollars in member dues on activities completely unrelated to collective bargaining in 2015. The National Review reports: On 2015 filings, six private-sector unions together reported that they had spent nearly $347,000 at […]

  • Detroit Teachers Union Loses Control, Schools Close in Chaos

    Posted on Jan 22, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    When last we checked in on American Federation of Teachers Local 231, the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT), Randi Weingarten at AFT national headquarters had attempted to restore order after the chaotic reign of former union president Steve Conn by placing the DFT in trusteeship. Instead of order, that move has brought chaos, with Conn’s […]

  • Teacher Union Case Carries Employee Rights to Supreme Court

    Posted on Jan 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Monday of next week (January 11) marks a major milestone in the effort to bring employee rights in the workplace to teachers and other public-sector employees. The Supreme Court will hear a case titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., brought by California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs (and other teachers) against her National Education Association-affiliated […]

  • Union-Backed Nonprofit Breaks Colorado Law

    Posted on Jan 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions are ringing in the New Year with a lot of politics—and a little lawbreaking on the side. They’re doing it by funding a Colorado-based nonprofit group called Jeffco United, which claims to support education reform on behalf of school-age children. Jeffco United has received more than $265,000 in total from national and local teachers unions since its inception in […]

  • Teachers Unions Waste Millions on Luxury Purchases

    Posted on Dec 16, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Life is good if you’re a union boss. A new report by The Seventy Four revealed that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Education Association (NEA), and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) spent almost $6 million in dues money on luxury hotels, overseas travel, and car services from 2011 to 2014. Read more below: Between 2011 and 2014, the […]

  • Left-Wing Group Does Randi’s Bidding on Charters

    Posted on Oct 22, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a left-wing advocacy outfit based in Madison, Wisconsin, has called itself a “union shop” in reference to its unionized staff. But it’s a “union shop” in more ways than just that—in a conveniently-timed reversal of a previous position, CMD takes money from labor unions, too. (CMD doesn’t disclose these union […]

  • What about the 38 Percent?

    Posted on Aug 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    As the presidential nomination contests heat up, there has been considerable interest in a brewing labor revolt within its traditional Democratic power structure. Self-declared socialist Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has energized labor unionists in support of his bid for the Democratic nomination, receiving informal “endorsement” votes from state AFL-CIO federations in South Carolina […]

  • High Court Takes Challenge to Randi’s Forced Dues

    Posted on Jul 01, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Supreme Court just agreed to take a major labor union case for its 2015-2016 sitting, titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. At stake is the power of public-sector unions like Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to collect forced dues—so-called “agency fees”—from non-members forced to accept their representation in at least 25 states. […]