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Category Archive: Unfair Share

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

    Posted on Mar 30, 2017 by LaborPains.org 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 […]

  • Union Members Speak Out Against NYC Construction Union

    Posted on Apr 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, the Center for Union Facts’ released a new video and a new radio ad featuring members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B—a member union of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC)—who are suing the union for racial discrimination. Averil Morrison, Janenne Gonzalez, and Delisa Jones, three of […]

  • Construction Union Faces Federal Trial for Alleged Race Discrimination

    Posted on Dec 14, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted the fact that New York City construction unions’ black members make 20 percent less than white members. We’ve pondered why that might be, and a federal lawsuit that received a pre-trial hearing last week gives us considerable insight into how the locals represented by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York may […]

  • Construction Unions’ Pay Gap Dodge Only Raises More Questions

    Posted on Dec 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since we began our campaign to draw attention to the disparities in pay between African Americans and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction industry, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has been flailing in response. They’re relying on tired, old ad hominems against us, but we’re more interested in […]

  • Who’s Taking a Bite Out of Black Construction Workers’ Pay?

    Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We have investigated the distressing gaps in pay between black and white workers in New York City’s unionized construction trades. This week, we took our efforts to educate the public on the income inequality in the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) to the streets, into the press, and onto the […]

  • Firefighters Union Boss Lives Large on Member Money

    Posted on Oct 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold A. Schaitberger’s expense account got the fine-toothed comb treatment from the New York Times. Citing internal documents that the Times obtained, labor beat reporter Noam Scheiber notes that the boss is a fan of the finer things in life: Then there are the meals. Mr. Schaitberger is a […]

  • High Court Takes Challenge to Randi’s Forced Dues

    Posted on Jul 01, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Supreme Court just agreed to take a major labor union case for its 2015-2016 sitting, titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. At stake is the power of public-sector unions like Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to collect forced dues—so-called “agency fees”—from non-members forced to accept their representation in at least 25 states. […]

  • News Roundup: 2-12-13

    Posted on Feb 12, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Washington Times: EDITORIAL: Bring up right to work The paper’s editors come out in favor of the National Right to Work Legislation proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). The Nation: Walmart Workers Are Back on Strike Over a New Wave of Alleged Threats Despite an NLRB settlement order, it appears that the UFCW is participating in […]