Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Mar 2008

  • Center for Union Facts: Big in Chicago!

    Posted on Mar 31, 2008 by Jon Berry

    This morning’s Chicago Tribune features a lengthy article profiling our “Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers in America” contest, which the Club for Growth called “brilliant” this morning as well. Here’s an excerpt from the article, which interviews Center for Union Facts executive director Richard Berman: Buying off bad teachers is part of his effort to improve […]

  • Dues Money at Work

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    With a $75,000 settlement in hand, Stan Mims certainly got his money’s worth for membership in the Alabama Education Association. The Birmingham school board wanted to fire him, but his AEA-paid lawyer’s threatened lawsuit against the board produced an agreement whereby he would resign instead of being fired and would also receive five months of […]

  • Nomination of the Week: Teaching to the Test

    Posted on Mar 26, 2008 by Jon Berry

    At, the nominations keep rolling in for our “Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers” contest. Here is this week’s highlighted nomination, sent in by a concerned parent: Two years ago [nominee] was caught in an internet chatroom, sitting at her desk, while the children were left to do whatever they wanted. The only punishment for this […]

  • Giant Sign of the Times (Square)

    Posted on Mar 20, 2008 by Jon Berry

    In case our mobile billboard wasn’t enough, the Center for Union Facts has also unveiled an enormous seven-story billboard in Times Square. The billboard tells New Yorkers and tourists about the “Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers” contest we’re running (click here to read about some pretty egregious New York City examples). We’ve already received some pretty […]

  • Nomination of the Week: The Drunk Gunman

    Posted on Mar 19, 2008 by Jon Berry

    As nominations for our “Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers” contest continue to roll in, we’ll be blogging some of the highlights. (Click here to see some previously featured entries.) This week’s featured nominee pulled up, drunk, to the drive-thru window of a fast-food restaurant. After ordering, he became angry that he wasn’t getting his food fast […]

  • Goes Mobile

    Posted on Mar 18, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    In case the labor bosses over at the National Education Association or American Federation of Teachers missed our full-page ad in today’s New York Times, we also have a mobile billboard doing a circuit between their well-appointed headquarters here and Washington, DC.

  • in Print!

    Posted on Mar 17, 2008 by Jon Berry

    This morning the Center for Union Facts landed an op-ed in the pages of the Washington Examiner laying out the reasons why we’ve launched and our “Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers” contest. Here’s an excerpt from the piece, signed by CUF Executive Director Richard Berman: Who would support an education system that cripples America’s ability […]

  • Worst Union-Protected Teachers? Some Recent Entries

    Posted on Mar 14, 2008 by Jon Berry

    We’ve received more than three hundred nominations since our “Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers” contest launched at on Tuesday. Just to give you a hint of what’s been coming our way, here are a few of the entries we’ve received so far (edited for privacy and clarity, of course): Music teacher. Takes personal cell phone […]