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Category Archive: Union Spending (page 2)

  • 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 […]

  • Union Political Spending Hits Record Highs

    Posted on Oct 25, 2016 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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, […]