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  • California Students Find New Way to Battle Teachers Unions

    Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, teachers unions’ cushy status quo suffered a major setback, in California of all places. That’s odd in part because the teachers unions—specifically NEA affiliate the California Teachers Association (CTA), but also the AFT affiliate California Federation of Teachers (CFT)—have massive political power in the state. The two unions spent a combined $39 million […]

  • Feds Continue Labor Favors

    Posted on Feb 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — now legally constituted and still very union-friendly — reaffirmed its “quickie elections” rule. The original rule was thrown out by the D.C. Circuit Court because the Board lacked a proper quorum to make rules. After the Senate confirmed a full slate of members to the NLRB […]

  • Big Labor’s Expanding Battleground: Corporate Boardrooms

    Posted on Aug 27, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor is always trying to weasel its way into policymaking through backdoor channels. From pressuring Democrats into changing U.S. Senate rules to advance its chosen labor law arbiters to protesting for a potentially self-enriching higher minimum wage (despite the average private-sector union member earning more than three times the federal minimum wage), the modus operandi is always the same: […]

  • Newsflash: Benefits of Union Membership Declining by the Year

    Posted on May 01, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Unions have always turned to the same trump card when trying to convince employees to unionize: Unions members make more money. It’s a compelling and appealing argument. But it’s also becoming less true by the year. Bloomberg BNA has released a new report demonstrating that the wage gap is growing smaller—and mainly because union wages […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup

    Posted on Mar 06, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    New York Times: Powerful Leader of Mexican Teachers’ Union Is Arrested Elba Esther Gordillo, also known as “La Maestra,” stands accused of embezzling $200 million from the funds of the Mexican teacher’s union. The New York Times reports that leader of the largest labor group in Latin America is incredibly powerful –“a bombastic figure viewed […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup: Academy Awards Edition

    Posted on Feb 26, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    On the Waterfront: Terminal operator sues longshoremen’s union for racketeering The Newark Star-Ledger reports that American Stevedoring, a former operator of shipping terminals in Newark and Brooklyn, has alleged that officials of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) are involved in organized crime. The company sued the ILA and its leadership for $160 million for what American Stevedoring says […]

  • News Roundup: 2-22-13

    Posted on Feb 22, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Wall Street Journal: Business, Labor Groups Find Little Accord on Immigration The agreement involves “guiding principles” that both sides have agreed to, but is not the comprehensive plan that was hoped for. Anchorage Daily News:  Labor lawyers try to rip apart mayor’s proposal to rein in unions Labor speaks out against the Anchorage proposal that would reform […]

  • It’s Official: Doing Union Work On The Job Takes Time

    Posted on Feb 20, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    As The Washington Examiner reports, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has finished calculating the time and costs of federal union “official time” for fiscal year 2011. “Official time” or “release time” is the time that union officials spend on dealing with union representational matters while they are being paid by the employer–in this case, the federal government. The numbers […]