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Category Archive: AFT

  • Progressive Leader Calls Out Chicago Teachers Union’s Push To Keep Schools Closed

    Posted on Feb 24, 2021 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions across the country have fought to keep schools closed, and students stuck at home during the pandemic. Despite a growing body of research that shows schools can reopen safely, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has been one of the loudest voices against reopening. But even Democrats — usually union allies — are getting […]

  • SEIU Scraps Health and Safety Program. Too Much Politics?

    Posted on Jun 21, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    According to Jordan Barab, a former Labor Department official under President Obama and longtime union staffer, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is scrapping its health and safety program. The SEIU—America’s largest labor union and one of its most politically active—is laying off its last health and safety official, Mark Catlin, next month. As Barab […]

  • WSJ Editorial Board Slams Teachers Unions

    Posted on Jul 18, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    A few days ago, The Wall Street Journal‘s Editorial Board slammed the New York-based United Federation of Teachers (UFT), which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers. The Editorial Board specifically criticized the UFT’s efforts to reinstate poor teachers “who couldn’t be fired but no one wanted.” Here’s how the editorial began: For decades the United Federation […]

  • Union President Pay Watch, 2017

    Posted on May 17, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of labor unions, recently released its annual Executive Paywatch report. It’s a routine attempt to, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka puts it, expose the “greed of corporate CEOs.” The report alleges that the average S&P 500 CEO earned $13.1 million in total compensation in 2016, while the typical U.S. rank-and-file worker […]

  • New Ad Exposes Randi Weingarten

    Posted on Jan 17, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses like Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, are attacking Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for supporting education reform. On Tuesday, the Center for Union Facts hit back with a full-page advertisement in Roll Call, exposing Weingarten for her dismal record. The New York Post covered the ad here. See it for yourself:

  • Unions Defend Abusive Teachers

    Posted on Jan 05, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Lost in the holiday news cycle was a bombshell USA Today report on sexual abuse in American classrooms. Investigative reporter Steve Reilly helped uncover “more than 100 teachers who lost their licenses but are still working with children or young adults today,” while “government officials at every level stand by and do nothing.” Among them is a New Jersey teacher […]

  • Teachers Buck Union Leadership

    Posted on Dec 01, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    September 2016. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: “What we’re seeing in terms of our members is that when you talk to them, they get it and they are overwhelmingly supporting her and it’s [really] a matter of getting them out to vote.” Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of […]

  • NAACP Joins Teachers Unions in Blocking Education Reform

    Posted on Oct 20, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently went out of its way to disenfranchise minority youth, ratifying a resolution calling for a halt in the growth of charter schools. The decision came as a surprise to many education experts, with Jacqueline Cooper, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, stating, “It is inexplicable…” The NAACP’s aversion is a […]