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Category Archive: Union Spending

  • 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 […]

  • Union Bosses Spend $530 Million on Political Advocacy

    Posted on Dec 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    After months of combing LM-2 disclosure forms—the annual union financial reports required by the Labor Department—the Center for Union Facts (CUF) has found that labor unions sent nearly $530 million to Democrats and liberal special-interest groups from 2012 to 2015 for political advocacy purposes. 99 percent of Big Labor’s $530 million advocacy budget—funded primarily by […]

  • IAFF Boss Protests Union Totalitarianism

    Posted on Dec 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    One union boss has raised concerns about the AFL-CIO ballot for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair after AFL-CIO Executive Committee members were given only one name to choose from. Union members were told they could either vote for Rep. Keith Ellison, abstain, or “make no endorsement at this time,” prompting Harold Schaitberger—president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)—to speak […]

  • Mary Kay Henry Ignores Members, Plays Politics

    Posted on Nov 03, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    It wasn’t long ago that Mary Kay Henry, president of the Services Employees International Union (SEIU), hinted at the growing disconnect between union leadership and union membership. As we pointed out, Henry commented on the presidential primary debates by claiming that the “64 percent of our public members identify as conservative and are much more interested […]