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  • Prop 22 Opponents Have a Bad Case of Sour Grapes

    Posted on Nov 06, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, Proposition 22 — a California ballot measure that allows certain gig workers to be exempt from the state’s AB 5 law — passed with 58 percent of the vote. Now, app-based drivers for gig companies including Uber and Lyft are able to retain their independent contractor status, instead of being reclassified as employees […]

  • Teachers Want to Get Back in the Classroom — If Only Unions Would Let Them

    Posted on Oct 27, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Despite pleas from parents and educators alike, teachers’ unions across the country have made one thing clear: Schools will only reopen at their say so, or not at all. The Fairfax Educators Association (FEA), a major teachers’ union in Virginia, is demanding that students stay out of the classroom until the end of the school […]

  • “Grassroots” Gig Workers Collective Exposed As UFCW Front

    Posted on Oct 22, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Update: After this post went live, the Gig Workers Collective posted a response on its Facebook page. The post describes an even closer collaboration with the UFCW than we documented below. The Collective acknowledged that the union “directly [paid] Facebook for our newly launched ads” and has been “granted…access to our facebook (sic) page.” The Collective […]

  • Former UAW Prez Williams Joins UAW Hall of Shame With Guilty Plea

    Posted on Oct 04, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week, former United Auto Workers (UAW) President Dennis Williams became the 15th person to be convicted in the ongoing investigation into union corruption. He is the 11th UAW official overall to plead guilty, and the second former president. As an ad we’re running today in the Chattanooga Times Free Press states: “[Volkswagen] employees have […]

  • UAW Moves Closer to Teamsters-Style Government Monitoring

    Posted on Aug 19, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    After a years-long federal investigation into corruption in the ranks of the United Auto Workers (UAW), more than a dozen people have been convicted — most of them former UAW officials. Now, the threat of a government takeover of the union is one step closer to becoming a reality. This week, the U.S. Justice Department […]

  • SPECIAL REPORT: CA Labor Groups Flack Unrepresentative Gig Survey They Helped Write

    Posted on Jul 09, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor unions are accustomed to campaigning for workers’ rights. This fall in California, the script is flipped: They’re opposing a ballot measure that cements the status of gig workers (think DoorDashers or Uber Drivers) as independent contractors. Labor’s problem is that gig workers don’t want what it’s selling; by a 4-to-1 margin, they want to […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Coronavirus Catch Up

    Posted on Jun 11, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    The coronavirus may have put some court proceedings on hold, but union bosses are finally seeing their own misdeeds catch up with them. Check out the latest labor rackets below: In Michigan, Gary Jones, former President of the United Auto Workers (UAW), pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle union funds and use […]

  • Union Membership Still on the Decline

    Posted on Feb 10, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released 2019 data on union membership, and it doesn’t look good for labor leaders. The numbers show that union membership dropped in 2019 to a record low of just 10.3 percent. That rate fell by .2 percent from 2018, and is almost half of what it was in 1983 (the […]