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Category Archive: Union Spending

  • Union Political Spending Hits Record Highs

    Posted on Oct 25, 2016 by Team

    Big Labor is always more active in an election year, supporting the Democrats and liberal causes in line with a pro-union agenda. But 2016 is something else entirely. As The Wall Street Journal reports: According to the most recent campaign-finance filings, unions spent about $108 million on the elections from January 2015 through the end of August, a 38% jump […]

  • The SEIU’s Broken Promise?

    Posted on Oct 14, 2016 by Team

    Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), often boasts about her commitment to a $15 minimum wage and unionized fast-food industry—two alleged remedies for “the crisis of low wages.” Yet when it came to endorsing Hillary Clinton, Henry and other SEIU officials were more than willing to ignore Clinton’s skepticism of a […]

  • Big Labor Stoops Low in Wisconsin

    Posted on Oct 06, 2016 by Team

    Wisconsin was Big Labor’s Waterloo in 2012, when a heated recall election upheld Scott Walker’s governorship. His 2014 reelection victory only compounded the suffering of union bosses long opposed to Gov. Walker’s pro-employee reforms. Now they’re seeking payback—and the state Senate. Watchdog has more: Three-dozen unions have already dumped nearly $220,000 into campaign coffers benefiting seven Democrats […]

  • United Steelworkers Boss Busted for Embezzlement

    Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by Team

    Union bosses know a thing or two about the wrong side of the law. David R. Sager, the former president of the United Steelworkers Local 5000, is now under federal indictment for embezzling more than $185,000 from the union’s strike fund. Law360 has more: “A 29-count federal indictment has been unsealed charging David R. Sager of Gibsonburg, […]

  • New Jersey Teachers Unions Hold Back Students

    Posted on Sep 20, 2016 by 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 […]

  • Johnny Doc, Where’s the Brotherly Love?

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016 by Team

    One of America’s most powerful union bosses has some serious legal problems. John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, is currently under federal and state investigation. Why? Dougherty’s own finances, as well as the union’s donations to political campaigns and “allegations of a pattern of intimidation.” When it comes […]

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

    Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by 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 […]

  • SEIU Faces Largest Decertification Vote in History

    Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Team

    A group of Minnesota home health care workers have embarked on a campaign to decertify the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota that currently represents them. Launching their decertification effort on Monday, they seek to extricate roughly 27,000 home health care professionals across the state from the SEIU. If successful, it would be the largest decertification vote in history. […]