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Archive: Aug 2012

  • In Camden, Not Fighting Crime Pays

    Posted on Aug 29, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Although Camden, New Jersey has fewer than 80,000 residents, it is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the nation. And this year, the homicide rate is on pace to beat the single-year record of 58. So it came as a shock when Mayor Dana Redd announced that the city would abolish its police force and instead create a county-run police division. It’s less of a […]

  • Public sector unions bite the hand that feeds them

    Posted on Aug 28, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    The growing debate over public sector unions is not going away anytime soon. In this morning’s New York Daily News, Professor Michael Marlow of California Polytechnic State University explained how public sector unions (like toll collectors or government clerks) in particular impose massive costs on the electorate. Marlow notes that although unionized employees now make up only seven percent of the private […]

  • Who’s the Boss? New Book Warns About Public-Sector Unions

    Posted on Aug 24, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Shadowbosses by Mallory Factor is one of the most-talked-about books about labor unions in quite some time. And for good cause — Factor’s book is a must-read. The book is great for those who are new to the subject, as well as people in-the-know who will still learn a lot about union corruption and the influence that Big […]

  • The State of State Affairs

    Posted on Aug 23, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the spotlight on the presidential race and the union politics surrounding the Democratic National Convention, Big Labor’s influence at the state level has been overlooked as of late. But recent stories bring state politics back to the fore. When the discussion is about spending $1 billion or $4 billion dollars on all political activity, the numbers are […]

  • Public Sector Unions Pile On Dollars For Dem Governors

    Posted on Aug 21, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    It would be an understatement to say that public sector unions and state governors, including Democrats, haven’t been getting along as of late. So why are those unions among the biggest donors to the Democratic Governors Association (DGA)? For the current election cycle, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, […]

  • Have union bosses earned their raises?

    Posted on Aug 17, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    We recently asked if you deserved a raise. What about union bosses? The Washington Examiner took a close look and found out that they received pay increases that were generous, to say the least. The list of the top 25 highest-paid union leaders highlighted a staggering haul. Their average total compensation in 2011 topped $550,000. The Examiner’s Mark Tapscott writes: Between 2000 and 2011, […]

  • Labor convenes in the city of brotherly laments

    Posted on Aug 16, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    A few thousand union members spent their weekend in Philadelphia at an event they called “Workers Stand for America,” better known as their shadow convention. The event was meant to be the answer to the Democratic National Convention, since it is being held in North Carolina, a right-to-work state with the lowest unionized workforce in the […]

  • Threats and Violence: Look for the Union Label

    Posted on Aug 10, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    A recently released report on several state laws that protect violent labor union organizers from prosecution is incredibly telling. Egregious conduct, ranging from making a “credible threat to cause serious bodily injury” to engaging in stalking that causes a person to “fear for his or her safety or the safety of a third person; or suffer other […]