Big Labor Gave Millions to Worker Centers in 2013

SEIU, AFL-CIO donated nearly $35 million to worker centers
McDonalds protestors picket for higher wages in Detroit / AP

Unions have pumped nearly $35 million into front groups that have skirted federal labor laws and agitated for higher pay and other Big Labor priorities in 2013, according to a new analysis.

Cease and Desist

NLRB orders UFCW to stop ‘restraining and coercing employees’ while protesting
Most of the Walmart black friday protesters did not work at Walmart

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against a major union for using front groups to stage disruptive Black Friday protests in a Michigan Walmart.

Critics: Walmart Protests Lack Actual Walmart Employees

Vast majority of those taking part in Black Friday protests paid activists
OUR Walmart protest on last year's Black Friday / AP

Union front groups are planning more than 1,500 protests at Walmarts nationwide on Black Friday despite lacking significant support from actual employees, critics say.

Labor Boss Loves Lefties

AFL-CIO President urges union to partner with far-left activist groups
AFL-CIO Presidet Richard Trumka with President Barack Obama / AP

The head of the AFL-CIO proposed the creation of formal partnerships with a variety of liberal special interest groups in the hopes that they will rally behind labor’s political agenda during the group’s national convention in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Obama NLRB Nominee Fought For Card Check Legislation

Former AFL-CIO associate general counsel nominated to labor board
President Barack Obama, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka / AP

One of President Barack Obama’s new National Labor Relations Board nominees dedicated her career at the AFL-CIO to doing away with secret ballots in labor elections—a tactic critics say would make it easier to unionize and expose employees to intimidation.

White House Withdraws NLRB Nominee Richard Griffin—Supreme Court Could Still Challenge Obama

AFL-CIO president met with the White House to handpick replacement nominees
Richard Griffin, Sharon Block /

The White House withdrew the nomination of National Labor Relations Board members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block as part of a deal to avoid the nuclear option in the Senate on Tuesday, but multiple legal experts told the Washington Free Beacon the Supreme Court could still go after President Barack Obama’s abuse of his recess authority.

AFL-CIO Boss to Harry Reid: Go Nuclear

Union bigwigs up pressure on Democrats to push nuclear option for NLRB noms
Richard Trumka / AP

Union bigwig Richard Trumka called on Harry Reid to “pull the trigger” on the nuclear option to push through two controversial members of the top labor watchdog.