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Retired Teamster Protest, this Thursday

When: Thursday, April 14  1:00 PM to 4 PM
Where: Sidewalk on the south side of 6th Street between Dakota Avenue and Main Avenue, occasionally walking south on both avenues in front of Representative Noem’s office and Senator Rounds’ office.
Restrictions: All participants must stay on the sidewalk. Do not interfere with any vehicles or pedestrian traffic. No waving of any signs out over the street.  No sound amplification devices.  Must obey City and State Laws.
Bring your signs, family, friends and any teamster members. If you are unable to stand you may bring a chair.
They will be protesting proposed changes in the Teamster’s pensions.


Enjoy your Labor Day

While I could go on for hours about how the common worker bee only gets ONE DAY a year dedicated to them for their trials and tribulations, I will instead leave you with the words of Mr. Bragg;

There is power in a factory, power in the land
Power in the hands of a worker
But it all amounts to nothing if together we don’t stand
There is power in a union

Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities and the farmlands to trenches full of mud
War has always been the bosses way, sir

The union forever defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters from many far off lands
There is power in a union

Now I long for the morning that they realize
Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us
But who’ll defend the workers, who cannot organize
When the bosses send their lackies out to cheat us?

Money speaks for money, the devil for his own
Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone
What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child
There is power in a union

The union forever defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters, together we will stand
There is power in a union

Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

The Day the Middle Class Died

Credit: Flickr user labornotes

Michael Moore writes a great column, sad, but great;

From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, “When did this all begin, America’s downward slide?” They say they’ve heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent’s income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant that no matter how “lowly” your job was you had guarantees of a pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if you were unfairly treated.

Young people have heard of this mythical time — but it was no myth, it was real. And when they ask, “When did this all end?”, I say, “It ended on this day: August 5th, 1981.”

America, from now on, would be run this way:

* The super-rich will make more, much much more, and the rest of you will scramble for the crumbs that are left.

* Everyone must work! Mom, Dad, the teenagers in the house! Dad, you work a second job! Kids, here’s your latch-key! Your parents might be home in time to put you to bed.

* 50 million of you must go without health insurance! And health insurance companies: you go ahead and decide who you want to help — or not.

* Unions are evil! You will not belong to a union! You do not need an advocate! Shut up and get back to work! No, you can’t leave now, we’re not done. Your kids can make their own dinner.

* You want to go to college? No problem — just sign here and be in hock to a bank for the next 20 years!

* What’s “a raise”? Get back to work and shut up!



Food and Clothes Drive for Republican Sean Duffy

Food and Clothes Drive for Republican Sean Duffy.

Congressman: I struggle on $174,000 a year. Constituent: That’s three times what I make!

“I struggle to meet my bills right now… The benefits that were offered to me as a congressman don’t even compare to the benefits that you get as a state employee. I just experienced that myself. They’re not nearly as good.”

— Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), quoted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, defending his congressional salary and benefits to a constituent who responded, “But $174,000 — that’s … three times what I make.” 

GOPers Demand Sean Duffy Salary Tape Be Pulled From The Internet

Maybe unions need to get old skool on politicians?

Back in the day, Governor Walker would either be missing a finger or some knee caps. Nowadays, all the Peacenik Union members protest in the street and sing Kumbyah. While I don’t have a problem with non-violent protest, in fact I consider myself a pacifist, I often wonder when the Unions are going to wakeup and realize protesting isn’t working, in fact, behind closed doors I’m sure Walker and his corporate buddies are laughing at you.

Am I suggesting you should beat them with baseball bats? While that probably remains an option, I would say probably not the best option. Remember, right-wing extremists are the one’s who freak out and shoot people when they don’t get their way.

You need to fight fire with fire. Hire lawyers. And lots of them. Block these greedy motherfuckers every chance you can.

It amazes me how people like Walker can paint middle-class workers as ‘greedy’ because they simply want to earn a living wage, while giving tax breaks to corporate giants who don’t really ‘labor’ that hard for their money.

I guess I wouldn’t have a problem with tax breaks if the middle class was prospering to.

Time to break some knee caps or at least some wallets.

Roger Hunt should have to take this walk of shame

Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman has to take the walk of shame after accusing union protesters of being ‘slobs’

City of SF spending hypocrisy

Apparently Mr. Bragg hasn’t met Mr. Huether

All kinds of money for frivolous shit like monkey crappers, events centers, ski bunny hills, but no raises for the people who maintain our city?! I think this comment says it all;

In general, the municipal employees union was happy with the one-year contract and understands the economic climate. However, it does have concerns with some recent city spending, Magnuson said.

“We are starting to see other money spent in other places, and that’s disturbing to us. We feel that the mayor may be putting money away for the events center and not taking care of employees,” he said.

I wonder if the unions are now regretting their donations to the Huether campaign? Well? Are you?

Gee, I wonder what mayoral campaign these two ‘Union Leaders’ were helping out?