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  • The Price of An Election

    Posted on Nov 12, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Take a step into an alternate universe, just for a minute: Mitt Romney has just been elected the 45th President of the United States. Millions have been spent on the campaign, but one of the largest chunks comes from Corporation X. This large corporation starts to take claim for Romney’s win even before polls have […]

  • Hugging Thugs in Charlotte

    Posted on Sep 05, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an attempt to soften their image, labor unions are running a “Hug-a-Union-Thug” event in Charlotte, NC as the Democratic National Convention goes on. Union bosses think they’re being terribly clever: This year, rather than sponsoring convention events, the North Carolina State AFL-CIO said it would have a “Hug-a-Union-Thug” booth at a concert affiliated with the convention. […]

  • Who’s watching the watchmen?

    Posted on Aug 08, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Yale Political Science Professor Jacob Hacker and Yale law student Nate Loewentheil seem to have solved America’s woes in a mere 58 pages, Intro to Conclusion, with their plan for “Prosperity Economics.” It strikes common left-leaning themes:  government control is better than free markets; spending is a good thing; inequality finds no respite in social […]

  • Union Bosses Think They’re Better Than You

    Posted on Aug 06, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    What do you call a union member who doesn’t vote for Barack Obama? No, this isn’t a setup for a terrible joke. It’s the issue AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed in a recent interview with Reuters. So what are Trumka’s thoughts on the AFL-CIO members that didn’t vote for Obama in 2008? “Some of this I […]

  • Big Labor’s Think Tank: The Economic Policy Institute

    Posted on Jul 23, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you’re a regular reader of Labor Pains, you might wonder about the credibility of “nonpartisan” studies that talk about how wonderful being in a union can be. Your suspicions are well-founded. The source of many of these “studies”—the Economic Policy Institute, also known as EcPI–is essentially the research arm of the country’s largest labor unions. From mid-2004 to 2010, […]

  • The Revolving Door at the NLRB

    Posted on May 25, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO announced that former NLRB member Craig Becker is set to become co-general counsel of the labor federation. He will join AFL-CIO General Counsel  in leading the labor group’s legal team. “The strengths of these two extraordinary lawyers, Becker and Rhinehart, are a perfect complement, and together they will lead a powerhouse […]

  • Which Workers’ Rights Really Work?

    Posted on Mar 14, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Recently, authors Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit raised the idea of a “civil right to unionize” in a New York Times op-ed. For Kahlenberg and Marvit, it’s not enough that workers have the opportunity to organize if they think it is in their interests. AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka agreed. “Everybody should have the right to […]

  • Richard Trumka Yells at a Podium for an Hour

    Posted on Jan 24, 2011 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the economy still struggling, we imagine you’ve never thought to yourself, “What does Richard Trumka think of all this?” Well, you don’t have to. Trumka shared anyway in his speech at the National Press Club yesterday. There were plenty of highlights from his tirade, but one of our favorites was his conspiracy theory about […]