Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: Teachers Unions

  • 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. […]

  • AFT Locals Riven by Division, Dodgy Elections

    Posted on Jun 16, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), led by Randi Weingarten, has a history of misdeeds by its local unions. Some past local officials have gone to prison for years for corrupt practices. Now, two local AFT unions are riven by internal political squabbles, with Detroit’s union president facing recall and the local for Orange County, […]

  • Want to Kill a City? Ask Unions.

    Posted on May 15, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Recently, Baltimore, Maryland was racked by days of protests that surged into one night of violent rioting after a man died under suspicious circumstances—ruled by prosecutors to be an alleged criminal homicide—while in police custody. The focus on the city led many, including The Wall Street Journal’s William Galston, to ask why Baltimore has remained […]

  • 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. […]