Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Category Archive: Teachers Unions

  • 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 […]

  • New Details Reveal Big Labor’s Aggression in Colorado

    Posted on Feb 16, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    About a month ago, we covered Jeffco United, a union-backed nonprofit organization which led the movement to recall three conservative board members in Colorado’s Jefferson County. While the group claimed to be unaffiliated with any particular labor union, it was soon revealed that $283,500 or 99 percent of its funding came from unions—the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C. doled out $150,000. […]

  • 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 […]