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Category Archive: Violence

  • Teamsters Harass Celebrity Host with “Sexist, Anti-Muslim Slurs”

    Posted on Aug 10, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Don’t look now, but the Teamsters are (still) taking pages out of Jimmy Hoffa’s playbook. Our story takes us to Boston, where “Top Chef” filmed a segment back in 2014. Earlier this month, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi told a federal jury investigating a union extortion case that several Teamsters members harassed her on the way to […]

  • San Diego Union Boss Faces Damning Allegations

    Posted on Jan 24, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Meet Mickey Kasparian. In December, Mr. Kasparian—the president of the San Diego-based United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135—was sued by two former female employees. One of them alleged that the union boss pressured her into an ongoing sexual relationship. The other claimed that Kasparian fired her after she was incorrectly suspected of being “on the […]

  • AFL-CIO Boss Attends Fidel Castro’s Birthday

    Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s no secret that labor unions are fond of economic redistribution. After all, labor leaders take hundreds of millions of dues dollars from their members and give predominantly to left-leaning causes each year, even though about 40 percent of union households vote Republican. Union bosses defend this reverse Robin Hood arrangement—whereby union workers are compelled to pay for well-funded political advocacy—by claiming that they’re nonpartisan […]

  • Johnny Doc, Where’s the Brotherly Love?

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016 by LaborPains.org 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 Flex Muscle in Philadelphia—Literally

    Posted on Aug 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the 2016 election heating up, union bosses are busy promoting their agenda. And the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a perfect opportunity to flex some muscle. Take John Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: “For Dougherty, it was more like contact, as he hugged guests, […]

  • NLRB Allegedly Downplays Pro-Union Threats

    Posted on May 25, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we’ve explained before, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sounds like an impartial observer; but it’s really an unelected body of pro-union bureaucrats. And the NLRB doesn’t hide its true colors. This particular story takes us back to 2013, when nursing aides at Pennsylvania nursing company ManorCare of Kingston voted (very narrowly) to unionize the workplace. Shortly after […]

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Under current labor law, leaving a union is anything but easy—even in right-to-work states. Todd Lemire, a Michigan plant worker and union member of over 17 years, found that out the hard way when he decided to leave his UAW Local 600 this summer. Following the opt-out, Local 600 Tool and Die Unit President Bob […]

  • Pennsylvania Legislature Confronts Union Violence

    Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions have multiple exemptions from commonly applied laws that protect people from violence and intimidation. Perhaps nowhere in the country is that more the case than in Pennsylvania, where unions have a wide exemption from stalking, harassment, and threats of violence laws. The state legislature is looking to change that: The state legislature passed the […]