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Category Archive: DOL

  • Report Gives Union Members Insight Into 20 Years of Labor Finances

    Posted on Jan 27, 2021 by LaborPains.org Team

    This month, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) released a new report that analyzes union financial data between 2000-2019. While OLMS has collected information on union spending annually for years, this report allows members to see overall trends in how unions use their resources — mainly members’ dues dollars.  The country’s major labor unions — […]

  • New DOL Rule Gives Workers a Say in How They Earn a Living

    Posted on Jan 11, 2021 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Department of Labor (DOL) rang in the New Year by finalizing a rule on independent contractor classification. The rule provides another way forward for freelancers after California’s disastrous AB 5 law decimated the incomes of hundreds of thousands of independent contractors in the state. Unlike AB 5, the new DOL rule doesn’t assume that […]

  • UAW Scandal Emphasizes Need for Updated Union Financial Reporting

    Posted on Dec 15, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yesterday, the Center for Union Facts submitted commentary on a proposed rule from the Department of Labor that would update the way labor unions report financial information to the federal government. The commentary notes that the changes proposed in the Federal Register’s notice of Proposed Rulemaking — published October 13, 2020 — would help weed […]

  • Sensible Labor Reform: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    Posted on Dec 17, 2019 by LaborPains.org Team

    Just in time for the holidays, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has delivered several rulings that should inspire Christmas cheer at workplaces across the country. Below are just a few examples: For starters, the NLRB has moved to accept a settlement to resolve “dozens of cases” brought against McDonald’s Corp. Pending approval by a […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: October Round Up

    Posted on Nov 26, 2019 by LaborPains.org Team

    This Thanksgiving, some union bosses have more to be thankful for than others. Below are the best labor rackets from last month — you might even spot some familiar UAW officials. In Michigan, Edward “Nick” Robinson, President of Auto Workers (UAW) Midwest CAP Council, was charged by information with one count of embezzling union funds […]

  • 60 Years of Union Transparency, Still Progress to be Made

    Posted on Oct 11, 2019 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been sixty years since Congress passed the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA) in an attempt to curb union corruption. Thanks to LMRDA, otherwise known as the Landrum-Griffin Act, private-sector unions are required to file annual financial reports. This means union members can see first-hand how much and where union officials spend […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Best of September

    Posted on Oct 02, 2019 by LaborPains.org Team

    Below are some of the best labor rackets from September. If you look closely, you can catch the latest guilty plea to come out of the federal investigation into corruption at the United Auto Workers. In Iowa, Theodore E. Watson, former business manager for Insulators Local 74, was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed […]

  • In Killing Obama-era Rule, A Victory For Workplace Privacy

    Posted on Jul 30, 2018 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been an eventful summer for unions. Following up on a win for workforce freedom in Janus, a final rule handed down by the Department of Labor (DOL) on July 17 will end an Obama-era ruling known as the “Persuader Rule.” The “Persuader Rule” was added to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) in […]