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Category Archive: DOL

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • SEIU Wastes $19 Million on the Fight for $15 in 2016

    Posted on Apr 03, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has released its 2016 financial disclosures with the Department of Labor. (You can see them here.) The numbers aren’t pretty. An analysis by the Center for Union Facts (CUF) reveals that the union spent more than $19 million on the Fight for $15 in 2016. CUF estimates that the total cost is […]

  • Trump Budget Axes Union-Funding Harwood Grant

    Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by LaborPains.org 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 Secretary Lies About Lineage?

    Posted on Jul 26, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s been a rough few weeks for U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Not only was Perez—the architect of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) job-killing overtime rule—passed over as a vice presidential candidate, but the secretary also sparked a firestorm of controversy. Why? Because of his ancestry—or, rather, what he said about it. In stump speeches and […]