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  • For Big Labor, Is Politics More Important than College?

    Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by Team

    Among the adversaries of labor unions’ politics and power plays, few inspire quite as much hatred from union bosses as libertarian businessmen-philanthropists Charles and David Koch. Unions have fought desperately against the Kochs’ efforts to fund pro-business candidates and causes, even when it traps them in hypocrisy when they buddy up with left-wing financiers (see: […]

  • Luddite Unions Pick Cabbies over Consumers

    Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by Team

    Back in Industrial Revolution-era England, the Luddites were a group of artisans who engaged in sabotage against factories they felt were taking their jobs. They lost, but don’t tell Big Labor: In cities across the nation, taxicab drivers backed by various national unions are protesting new internet-based car-hire services such as Uber. Consumers tend to […]

  • Big Labor’s Expanding Battleground: Corporate Boardrooms

    Posted on Aug 27, 2013 by Team

    Big Labor is always trying to weasel its way into policymaking through backdoor channels. From pressuring Democrats into changing U.S. Senate rules to advance its chosen labor law arbiters to protesting for a potentially self-enriching higher minimum wage (despite the average private-sector union member earning more than three times the federal minimum wage), the modus operandi is always the same: […]

  • New York City Workers’ Union Boss Puts “Big” in Big Labor

    Posted on May 28, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Local 983 of District Council 37, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) AFL-CIO, pays its president, Mark Rosenthal, over $156,000 per year, according to the New York Post. It seems like members might not receive much work for all that dues money. The Post alleges: The 400-pound president of Local 983 of […]

  • News Roundup: Hayes Moves On

    Posted on Jan 08, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Former NLRB Member Joins Ogletree Deakins  Former National Labor Relations Board member Brian Hayes, whose term with the Board ended last month, is now a shareholder of Ogletree Deakins, a law firm that often represents management in labor disputes. Hayes has been named co-chair of the Traditional Labor Relations Practice Group. Hayes said about the move: “This is […]

  • A New Direction for AFSCME?

    Posted on Jun 13, 2012 by Michael Moroney

    On the heels of the Wisconsin recall, the 1.3-million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is about to participate in another heated election—its own. At stake: the political direction of the organization during its next chapter. After 31 years, retiring President Gerald McEntee has built up a reputation as a leading liberal […]

  • Some Good News From the States

    Posted on Dec 29, 2010 by Center for Union Facts

    Last week we discussed the dire situation of several states’ pension funds. But while many states are headed for stormy waters, today brought two very positive developments that indicate labor unions’ stranglehold on state governments may be loosening. First from Pennsylvania: Three of the largest state employee unions wanted to remove one of the more […]

  • Refuting the Union Spin on Public Employee Pensions

    Posted on Dec 22, 2010 by Center for Union Facts

    It’s being called a “one-sided report” by the AFSCME. The AFL-CIO says it “could have been written by anti-worker, anti-union New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.” As far as we’re concerned, those are fantastic reviews. The report in question is a 60 Minutes piece from Sunday that broke through the union spin and told the truth […]