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Archive: Jan 2014

  • Worker Centers Worry Union Rules Might Apply

    Posted on Jan 30, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York Times recently covered the debate over “worker centers,” the latest incarnation of union front groups. Worker Centers like Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and OUR Walmart — a subsidiary organization of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union — continue to exploit a loophole in labor law. The National Labor Relations Act […]

  • AFL-CIO Issues Wish List to Obama

    Posted on Jan 28, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Tonight President Obama will give his State of the Union address, and some of his deepest-pocketed backers at the AFL-CIO have outlined their hoped-for initiatives from the President’s speech. Along with an immigration reform bill and more public sector union make-work spending, the nation’s largest union federation asked for two very specific favors: a minimum wage […]

  • What’s that, Randi?

    Posted on Jan 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since we launched our new campaign exposing the American Federation of Teachers and its contributions to America’s education decline, we’ve had several testy exchanges with AFT President Randi Weingarten. When we kicked things off with a full-page ad in The New York Times, Randi initially took to Twitter to let us know her displeasure. Then, appearing later that evening on […]

  • New Billboard in Times Square Calls out AFT

    Posted on Jan 09, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Union Facts calls out the American Federation of Teachers with Times Square Billboard and 60-Second Radio Ad in New York City

  • Bill to Protect Union Whistleblowers Proposed

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    Among the favors federal law offers labor unions that it does not offer other groups is an exemption from employee “whistleblower” protection laws. If union employees or junior officials find financial misconduct and bring it to the attention of union officers, those employees can be fired, sometimes without explanation. (The particulars depend on the employees’ […]

  • What the IAM’s Battle in Seattle was Really All About

    Posted on Jan 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Whenever there’s a labor union negotiating a contract with a major manufacturer, we all accept that their negotiation is defined by their competing interests. But with the recent case of Boeing’s contract with the International Association of Machinists, the more significant competing interests were actually within the union itself. National leadership at the IAM simply […]

  • Teachers Unions Caught in Shady Political Scheme

    Posted on Jan 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last November, unions including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its Boston local (the Boston Teachers Union or BTU) heavily backed Marty Walsh in the city’s mayoral election. (He won.) Part of that support was a $480,000 ad buy by the AFT national headquarters that the BTU swears it didn’t know about. The money […]

  • Teamster Official not on the Same Team

    Posted on Jan 06, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s no secret that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have a history of corruption. Although you won’t find this information on the Teamsters’ website, according to contemporary news accounts, five of the last eight Teamsters National Presidents have been indicted for a variety of offenses. This is not all in the past nor is it limited to […]