Democrats Excited to Bring Back the Republicans?

Vote for Hope?
Vote for Change?                                                         What our politicians see!
Vote for Healthcare Reform?
Vote for Employee Free Choice Act?
Vote for Cheaper Drug Prices?
Vote for Re-regulation of the Banking Industry?
Vote for Jobs?
Vote for the Economy?
Vote for the End of Gitmo?
Vote for the end of Iraq?
Vote for Improved Policy Decisions in Afghanistan?
Vote for Fairness in Media?
Vote for Supporting the American Worker?
Vote for the Support of the American People?
Looks like we’re batting zero so far!
The scariest part is it looks like there isn’t anybody on the people’s side.
The Democrats and Republicans all look the same.
 Corporatist=Corporatist be they Republican or Democrat!
When will our politicians be about the people? Not about the money?
   What do we do when there is no choice?
            The people woke up in the last election.
                                      Now the politicians need to open their eyes!


Governor Ritter, No Labor Support?, No Election

    Your last act of defiance What a surprise! Governor Bill Ritter has announced he won’t seek re-election in Colorado. He states family issues as his major reason for stepping down.
     I contend the lagging poll numbers, and the fact that he turned his back on the base, are the reasons he’s leaving. The base being the labor organizations that spent millions of dollars, and supplied boots on the ground, to get him elected. What did he do for labor? Vetoed any solid pro-labor legislation to be put on his desk. His days have been numbered ever since. He then turns around and puts Mr. Anti-Labor Senator Michael Bennet into Ken Salazar’s seat. Bennet is well known to oppose the Teachers Unions in the state of Colorado. He had a number of better possibilities such as Joan Fitzgerald, or Andrew Romanoff, but no, he went with an anti-labor guy.
     These guys live in a dream world. Who’s going to show up for them, when they turn into the very corporate jack-ass we voted out in the first place?
     The politicians on the National level are about to discover the same situation. We voted them in to represent the people, not the corporations, and who do they support? The corporations.
     As I’ve stated in the past, the last bastion of the people is the vote. Why do you think the corporations spend billions of dollars on the media outlets? To influence the less attentive ones of you that “you need to vote against your own best interest”. Media loves to influence the “low information” or “easily influenced voter”.
     Are you in either of those classifications? I doubt it if you are reading this site.
     Until we demand election reform, and/or take back our media outlets, we will continue to be a badly divided country. Our politicians are about the people that pay them, not the people that vote for them.
     Election reform or die!

First they steal Healthcare, Next Shot? Social Security

     Well the corporatists have successfully blocked the health care debate, and given us nothing. Now they are after the Golden Goose, Social Security. They want to reduce the American worker to the level of the Chinese cooly. Slave labor. The “haves”, and “have nots”. Most of you, regardless of your political persuasion, will be a “have not”. You will work till you die. Die young. Your children will work young and die young, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
                                           Better wake up soon.

Social Security theft through media control! Read it here!

United Parcel Service Holiday Helper Scam

Here is an interesting and entertaining first hand observation of what it’s like to be a Christmas Helper.

I applied and was hired as a Driver’s Helper and I will admit it was
told to me and all of us up front during an orientation meeting that
we might be working every single day. Be aware that there is not much
information as to the amount of hours one would be able to work and no
information I could find as to the rate of pay.

After the initial orientation you are notified that you have been
hired and are required to attend mandatory training. It is at this
time when we were told of all the great opportunities for working and
making some nice side money over the holidays. In fact we were told
that some new hires were actually taken from after the training and
put to work that very afternoon.

Now that United Parcel has you in training it is then and ONLY then
that you find out that you will be making a mere minimum wage. I work
out religiously in the gym five days a week, so the physical
requirements of the job did not hurt my feelings one bit. I get in a
work-out when I would be working. We then find out about the
appearance and clothing requirements. We have to have no-slip shoes in
black or brown and pants and certain color undershirts and a jacket
since it is obviously the winter season.

Upon completion of a nearly three hour training class we were all
informed that there were no pants and shirts available for the
“required” uniforms. The jacket was not thicker than a common wind-
breaker so since you were required to conform to the clothing
standards, you did not find out until the last minute that you would
have to go out with you own money and buy what amounted to about 80%
of the uniform with no reimbursement offered by United Parcel Service.

You were also told that if you wanted to work you had better be close
to a phone and available between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. each morning
Monday through Friday. We were told dispatch would contact us and tell
us where and when to meet the drivers.

Well friends, as it turns out the entire process turned out to be very
mis-leading and costly both in time and in money and here is why.

I had to buy thermal underclothes and pants as I had nothing in the
“required” colors and as stated before only a wind-breaker jacket was
furnished.

The first two days I stayed next to my telephone / cell for almost
eight hours waiting for a call for work. At about 9:25 a.m. on the
second day I was finally called and offered a measly four hours of
work in an area twelve miles from my requested area of work. All this
at minimum wage.

My theory is, is that UPS over-hires for Holiday Driver’s Helpers
thereby saturating the job pool. When it gets busy they have a bunch
of chumps like me to chose from and we all have to share in a smaller
piece of the pie as concerns hours available for work. When initially
we are told that we have the opportunity to work anywhere from eight
to twelve hours per day.

So in summary, it has been my unfortunate experience that:

If you want to spend your own money buying your own “required” uniform
clothing with no reimbursement and no actual uniform and:

If you want to spend your own “required” time without getting paid
sitting next to your telephone or cell phone waiting for a call that
may or may not come that day to report for work and:

If you want to find out that you are offered only a small number of
hours to work at minimum wage when it has been promoted to you that
you will be REALLY, REALLY, REALLY busy during the holiday rush then:

THIS PIECE-O-CRAP JOB IS FOR YOU!!!! ( If indeed you get to have much
of a job )

I calculated that even being fair to UPS and I was able to work even
six hours a day before Christmas Eve ( which you are “required” to
work ) that I would make a paltry four to five hundred dollars during
December 2009. What a joke. And UPS on their website advertises why
you should come to work for them rather than one of those boring
retail jobs. My son is working in retail part-time during the holidays
and gets steady hours and makes over a dollar more per hour than what
UPS pays.

I found the entire program to be extremely misleading and a borderline
scam. This is coming from someone who REALLY wanted to work. I turned
in the wind-breaker last Friday. To see what “Brown” can do for you, I
would advise you to FLUSH it as soon as possible as this really
stinks. Merry Christmas….NOT!!!

Playball – Placerville California

Bet You Didn’t Know

The AFL-CIO recently released a survey of the attitudes of American workers, entitled “Workers’ Rights in America: What Workers Think About Their Jobs and Employers.”
Stand up        Some of the findings are not surprising. For example, 98% of American workers agree that it is either essential or very important to protect employees’ rights to a safe and healthy workplace. What is more surprising–and what may lend some insight into why labor unions have been so ineffective in organizing new workers over the last thirty years–is how many U.S. workers think they have rights that simply do not exist.
        For example, 80% of workers believe they have a right to be free from retaliation from their employers for expressing their political views. After all, isn’t that what the right to free speech is all about?
        Fully two-thirds of Americans believe that their employers are legally prohibited from listening in on their phone calls. Doesn’t the Constitution protect the right to privacy?
        Sixty percent of Americans believe their employers are legally required to provide them with paid sick leave.
        As those of us in the business of defending workers’ rights know, of course, most of us do not have these rights. While the rights of free speech and privacy are supposed to protect us from governmental intrusion, they do not protect us from our private-sector employers. Anti-eavesdropping laws generally do not protect us from intrusions by our employers on work premises. Finally, employers are generally not required to provide paid leave of any sort, let alone sick leave. The survey also reveals that more than 90% of U.S. workers believe they should have these rights.
        Surprised? To get more information, go to the
AFL-CIO Steward Activist page and get involved. Your future and the future you make for your children depends on what you do today.

Hope, and Change

      We all voted. We went for the “Hope and Change”, candidate. Of course, silly us, we thought we’d get someone that would What our politicians see!represent our interests in the government. What did we find? More of the government as usual, “corporatists”, that support the wants and desires of their major contributors first. We showed the politicians we could support them financially, but our contributions could never match up to the contributions of the major corporations.
     When push came to shove, the politicians throw the little guy to the wolves.
     We do hold the one and only key that keeps us playing with a little power. It’s called the vote. When corporations are allowed to vote, the end of a free society will be upon us.
     Many of you do not realize that the corporations have been elevated to “person” status under the law. They are considered a “person”  entity when representing themselves in the United States courts. In other words they are extended the same rights as you, the real person.
     These realities have come home to roost in the current batch of legislative attempts. Health care reform has turned into a major boondoggle, benefiting the insurance mega-corps, not the individual. The banking reform has helped the banks, and the bankers, not the individual. Now the sell job is on, to get you and I to buy what they are selling as “good for us”. 
     So what’s the deal? The fact is that most of our politicians, whether right, or left, are truly owned by corporate money. To be a politician in this country means you have sold your soul to corporate money.
     How do we take back our government? Push for election reform. Until the people stand up and insist that election reform happen, it will never happen. The fox is guarding the hen house, and you and I are the losers. Our government will never again be about the people, and the people’s freedoms.
     Our media is the mouth of the corporations. Our money value is determined by the corporations. Our job availability is controlled by the corporations. The amount of freedom we have is controlled by the corporations.
     In the 80’s we watched as the airlines were gutted for their assets by “big corporate entities”. In the ‘oughts’ we have watched as the corporations are gutting our government for what we considered “our assets”. They are systematically stealing all of the money out of our treasury for their own benefit.
     What has been the cost to you and me? No health care. No improvement in social security. No improvement financially. No real improvement in our infrastructure. Working till we die. Dieing young. Keeping us afraid. Killing our families. Destruction of our assets. Destruction of our future.
     Write your legislators and demand election reform before it’s too late.
                                              The clock is ticking.

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Let’s Blame the Unions

How difficult will it be to enact labor law reform? The Republicans have dedicated themselves to portraying the Obama presidency as a failure and they oppose everything the Democrats attempt to do. Will it be any different with the Employee Free Choice Act?


     Senator DeMint Uses Botched Bombing to Attack Organized Labor


                Who’s Running the TSA? No One, Thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint 


WASHINGTON — An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.

The post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has held up President Barack Obama’s nominee in opposition to the prospect of TSA workers joining a labor union.

As al Qaida claimed Are you smarter than a DeMint? responsibility Monday for the thwarted attack and President Barack Obama made a public statement about it, Democrats urged DeMint to drop his objection and allow quick confirmation of nominee Erroll Southers, a counterterrorism expert, when the Senate reconvenes in three weeks.

Southers, a former FBI special agent, is the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department assistant chief for homeland security and intelligence. He also is the associate director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, and he served as a deputy director of homeland security for California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Two Senate committees have given Southers their bipartisan blessing. An acting administrator is in place pending his confirmation. Marshall McClain, the president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, said that the Senate should have acted sooner to confirm Southers.

DeMint said in a statement that the attempted attack “is a perfect example of why the Obama administration should not unionize the TSA.” He wants Southers to clarify his stand on unionizing the TSA, a shift that Democrats support.

Without collective bargaining, DeMint said, the TSA has “flexibility to make real-time decisions that allowed it to quickly improve security measures in response to this attempted attack.”

If organized labor got involved, DeMint said, union bosses would have the power “to veto or delay future security improvements at our airports.”
Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers

$24 Million Gift to United Parcel Service

                                               Fleecing of Illinois 
Quinn Gives $24 Million Gift to United Parcel Service (UPS) at Taxpayer Expense Despite State’s Fiscal Crisis

The $58 Billion company, United Parcel Service (UPS), is getting a taxpayer-funded $24 million gift from the State of Illinois to “modernize” a couple distribution facilities.





Would jobs really have been diverted elsewhere? Should a company with billions in profit and revenue be able to pay for their modernization?

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(The speaker for UPS in this video is former Rocky Mtn. District Manager George Brooks.)

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