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Category Archive: Union Spending

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2018

    Posted on Jun 04, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of labor unions, recently released its annual Executive Paywatch report. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler describes the report as “further proof of America’s income inequality crisis,” for which she blames CEOs who are “paying themselves more and more.” The report found that the “average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company” […]

  • Big Labor Sends $1.3 Billion to the Left

    Posted on May 18, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    New research from the Center for Union Facts shows that, from 2010 to 2017, labor unions sent more than $1.3 billion in member dues to liberal advocacy groups—without prior member approval. The recipients include the Democratic Governors Association, Clinton Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and a host of other left-wing groups. Despite union leadership’s political preferences, roughly 40 percent of union household members vote Republican in any […]

  • Big Labor Sends $1 Billion to the Left—Without Prior Approval

    Posted on Jan 18, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    New research from the Center for Union Facts shows that, from 2010 to 2016, labor unions sent more than $1.1 billion in member dues to anti-Republican advocacy groups—without prior member approval. It is the most comprehensive analysis of union advocacy spending ever done. The Clinton Foundation, Democratic Governors Association, and Planned Parenthood featured prominently, even though 40 percent of union household members vote Republican […]

  • UAW Scandal (Somehow) Gets Worse

    Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is in deep trouble. News recently broke that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has expanded its corruption investigation to include a member of General Motors’ board and the UAW’s training centers funded by all three Detroit automakers. According to the Detroit News: Investigators are interested in Joe Ashton, a […]

  • Big Labor’s $1 Billion Advocacy Budget

    Posted on Sep 27, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The 2018 election cycle is already underway. Experts estimate more than $3 billion will be spent on political advertisements alone. If history is any indication, labor unions will be intimately involved. The Center for Union Facts (CUF) has found that, from 2012 to 2016, Big Labor sent nearly $765 million in member dues to the Democratic Party and liberal special interest groups. This is in addition […]

  • Johnny Doc Gets Wiretapped

    Posted on Jun 28, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    For more than a year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wiretapped the cellphones of Philadelphia union boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, who runs the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98. As part of an ongoing investigation into union corruption, FBI agents also monitored Democratic City Councilman Bobby Henon and Local 98 political director Marita […]

  • Cash-Strapped Longshoremen’s Union Uses Ghost Workers

    Posted on Jun 08, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Ghost work. Call it Big Labor’s newest corruption scheme. According to news reports out of Florida, the Tampa-based International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1402 is allegedly paying “ghost workers” for dock jobs they don’t perform, at the expense of actual union members. ILA Pension Board Trustee Evan Cotten claims to have uncovered the problem last year by tracking […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2017

    Posted on May 17, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of labor unions, recently released its annual Executive Paywatch report. It’s a routine attempt to, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka puts it, expose the “greed of corporate CEOs.” The report alleges that the average S&P 500 CEO earned $13.1 million in total compensation in 2016, while the typical U.S. rank-and-file worker […]