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  • News Roundup: Fallout From Labor’s Falling Numbers

    Posted on Jan 23, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Fallout From Labor’s Falling Numbers You’d be hard pressed to miss the news that organized labor suffered one of its largest one-year losses in membership in years. While the AFL-CIO is out spinning, our executive director, Rick Berman, weighed in at the Washington Examiner: “The continued decline of union membership, even during four years of a labor-friendly administration, is a sign that […]

  • News Roundup: NBA Union Corruption Is A Slam Dunk

    Posted on Jan 22, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    NBA Players Association Releases Report On Union Director Professional sports players unions are unique, but their corrupt union leadership seems to be quite ordinary. An independent report released last week looked into the activities of the union’s executive director, Billy Hunter, following calls by player-president Derek Fisher to investigate Hunter and the executive committee. That, in turn, prompted a subpoena […]

  • Democrats’ Labor Piggybank Returns

    Posted on Jan 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    This summer, organized labor went out of its way to say it was no longer beholden to the Democratic Party’s agenda. But the checks coming in now show that the Democrats and labor never really broke up. The Hill reports that at least nine labor unions have donated to President Obama’s second inauguration, which took place today. Those ponying […]

  • News Roundup: Politicians On Labor’s Payroll

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    Rhode Island Legislators Literally On The Union Payroll Although plenty of politicians are effectively on labor’s payroll thanks to the massive amount of money that unions funnel into political campaigns, two Rhode Island state senators have taken things to a whole new level. Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and Senator Frank Ciccone both pulled in six figures from the […]

  • The Steadily Self-Destructing Labor Movement

    Posted on Jan 18, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    For years, we’ve contended that laws and other measures said to be “pro-worker” are in reality, only benefiting labor union bosses. It turns out that the last four years were the experiment that proves our hypothesis. With President Obama in the White House, and pro-union leadership at the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board, unions have […]

  • Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

    Posted on Jan 16, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    For years, the most notorious and important labor unions were in the private sector. But power within the labor movement has shifted from the private sector to the public sector, if only because public employee unions have taken the lead in raw membership numbers. Luke Rosiak at the Washington Times reports that government now pays the salaries of the majority of union […]

  • The Wheels Come Off NYC Union’s Bus

    Posted on Jan 15, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    New York City’s yellow school bus drivers are taking the concept of wanting what they can’t have to a whole new level. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181 has authorized a strike that it says will begin on Wednesday morning. The ATU is demanding that the city include special employee protections in the competitive bidding that […]

  • News Roundup: Labor Laughs Off Civility

    Posted on Jan 09, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Illinois Labor Crowd Finds Decapitation Hilarious Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was a big hit at the Illinois Labor History Society. As the keynote speaker at the Society’s “Salute to Labor’s Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today” event, Lewis recalled the labor days of yore by saying, “[W]e are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this […]