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Archive: Mar 2017

  • Tax Dollars Instead of Dues: How Your Taxes are Paying for Union Business

    Posted on Mar 30, 2017 by Team

    According to a new report, government employees spent nearly 3.5 million hours conducting union business in 2014—a 20 percent jump since 2008. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) found that the average rate for these services was $41.34 per hour, costing taxpayers $162.5 million in total. The Federal Government’s labor management relations program has grown into a […]

  • Trump Budget Axes Union-Funding Harwood Grant

    Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by Team

    President Trump’s budget sent shockwaves throughout Washington, D.C., especially the Department of Labor (DOL). It slashes the DOL’s funding from $12.2 billion this year to $9.6 billion next year—a 21 percent cut. Only the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department would see greater cuts if Congress approves. On the chopping block is the DOL’s Susan Harwood Training Grant […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $360,000 In Stolen Money and Other Shenanigans

    Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Team

    Another week and more stories of union bosses swindling their members’ dues money. Below are this week’s best rackets: In New York, Brian W. Scott, former President and Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503, was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison followed by two years of […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $2 Million in Stolen Money—Alleged and Actual

    Posted on Mar 15, 2017 by Team

    Curious where union dues go? Sometimes, they go straight into union bosses’ pockets. Below are this week’s best rackets: In Delaware, Lon Sullivan, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 644, was charged with one count of wire fraud in the amount of $8,647. He pled guilty to the charge and agreed to pay $96,809 in […]

  • Analyzing Big Labor’s Losing Right-to-Work Battle

    Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by Team

    Right-to-work legislation—which bans union membership as a condition of employment—is currently being considered in Colorado and Ohio. If enacted, it would make 30 states “right-to-work,” or 60 percent of the country where employees are free from mandatory payments of union dues. (Kentucky and Missouri embraced right-to-work earlier this year.) It’s Big Labor’s worst nightmare. When given the choice […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement and Forgery!

    Posted on Mar 07, 2017 by Team

    While union members pay millions of dollars of income in monthly dues to labor unions, union bosses continue to mishandle their members’ money. Below are this week’s best rackets: In Ohio, Aaron Contreras, former Secretary-Treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was sentenced to 16 months of incarceration and three years of supervised release, and he was ordered to make full restitution of $42,700. Why? In […]

  • AFL-CIO Lays Off Union Members

    Posted on Mar 01, 2017 by Team

    The vaunted AFL-CIO—the self-proclaimed “voice for working families”—is laying off a whole lot of workers. As Bloomberg‘s Josh Eidelson reports, “The AFL-CIO is dismissing dozens of staff members as part of a restructuring amid continuing declines in union membership and fresh political threats to labor rights.” The federation’s spin was predictable. “We will have to end support for some […]