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Category Archive: Union Spending

  • 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 […]

  • Teamsters Boss Asks for Member Money to Fight Corruption Charges

    Posted on Apr 26, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    You read that right. Rome Aloise, a Teamsters vice president who earned more than $383,000 in total compensation last year, is defending himself from a corruption probe launched by the union itself. And, yes, he’s seeking donations from blue-collar employees to cover his legal bills. The Washington Free Beacon‘s Bill McMorris has more: “Rome Aloise, an […]

  • Investigation of Boilermakers Reveals “Lavish Spending Practices and a Lack of Accountability”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    There’s wasteful spending and then there’s the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. According to a recent Kansas City Star investigation, the 58,000-member Boilermakers union has earned quite a reputation for “fine dining, stays in posh hotels, and expensive hunting retreats,” while union officials and their relatives take home hefty six-figure salaries. In 2016, President Newton Jones’ total compensation climbed to […]

  • Tax Dollars Instead of Dues: How Your Taxes are Paying for Union Business

    Posted on Mar 30, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to a new report, government employees spent nearly 3.5 million hours conducting union business in 2014—a 20 percent jump since 2008. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) found that the average rate for these services was $41.34 per hour, costing taxpayers $162.5 million in total. The Federal Government’s labor management relations program has grown into a […]

  • New Jersey Taxpayers Fund Union One-Percenters

    Posted on Jan 30, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor’s hypocrisy is borderline unbearable these days. Look no further than the Garden State, where the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) top brass habitually decries income inequality while collecting six-figure salaries. The American Enterprise Insititute’s (AEI) Mike Lilley has more: “At an August 8, 2016, protest in Trenton organized by New Jersey’s largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association […]

  • Union Membership Keeps Tumbling

    Posted on Jan 27, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on union membership. It’s more bad news for Big Labor, which has seen a half-century decline in its membership rolls. In 2016, only 14.6 million employees were union members—a drop to about 10 percent of the workforce. There are 240,000 fewer union employees now than […]