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  • Despicable Teacher Union Tactics Draw Blowback

    Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    There is a saying among lawyers that if both the facts and the law are against you, the correct strategy is to jump up and down and bang on the table. Facing a public that is increasingly skeptical of her failed education status quo, it seems Randi Weingarten has adopted that model. But her latest […]

  • Dubious AFT Ally Hit With Fine for Beantown Shenanigans

    Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last year, Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) funded a shady political scheme to ensure that its man in Boston—Marty Walsh—won the city’s mayoral election. To refresh, AFT national slipped $480,000 to a New Jersey-based PAC (recall, Boston is not in New Jersey) which then bought advertisements under the name “One Boston” to hide […]

  • Reform Teacher Tenure, Says…Whoopi Goldberg?

    Posted on Aug 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The radical leadership of teacher unions like American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten are fighting a desperate rearguard action to protect the cushy status quo of de facto jobs-for-life for that fraction of incompetent teachers who (in the words of one union representative) “shouldn’t even be pumping gas.” Liberals and Democrats are asking their partisan […]

  • AFT Puts Pensions at Risk for Radical Politics

    Posted on Aug 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York Times came out this week with a deep investigation into the problems faced by New York City’s public employee pension fund (NYCers). The fund is struggling to match projected returns promised to employees and retirees with actual returns, and city services are already beginning to suffer as general revenue supports the fund. […]

  • Unions Negotiating with NYC Fill Mayor’s Slush Fund

    Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this year, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT)—an affiliate of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—got almost all that it wanted—including billions of dollars in “back pay”—in its negotiations with New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio over a new contract. UFT heavily backed de Blasio’s election with $250,000 in “independent expenditures” […]

  • Teachers Union Fighting Campaign Disclosure

    Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions in Massachusetts have tried before to obscure their involvement in political races: The Boston Teachers Union (BTU), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) led by Randi Weingarten, was criticized by the Boston Globe for a shady political scheme designed to elect BTU’s favored mayoral candidate. Now, Massachusetts legislators are trying […]

  • Randi’s Union Too Far for the Washington Post

    Posted on Jul 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We noted a growing schism between teachers unions and their formerly reliable Democratic Party allies recently. Add another usual Big Labor backer saying Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has gone too far: The Washington Post editorial board — which had demanded a “compromise” card-check bill in 2009 — is not happy with the […]

  • Postal Unions Choose Status Quo over Customer-Friendly Reforms

    Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United States Postal Service (USPS), like many unionized organizations, loses money hand-over-fist and is saddled with unsustainable labor costs. In an effort to increase usage of USPS services and lower labor costs, the Postal Service is placing self-service kiosks in Staples stores. It’s a win for customers and taxpayers: Who could have a problem […]