What the GOP Really Thinks of the Union Worker

Here’s what Henry Payne and the GOP really think of the Union worker. It just shows the disdain these people hold for the middle class. You all make to much money they say. This is the mentality you are voting for when you vote Republican. As if a decent wage, a decent pension, and good healthcare were to much to ask for. Get a clue people.
Henry Payne

Cameras, Cameras, Everywhere

    Hey, What are You Doing with that Finger? The new DIAD has a built in camera. What’s that camera for? According to all the scuttlebutt the company is putting the camera in the DIAD for additional proof of delivery.
     It will allow the driver to photograph the actual delivery point in troublesome areas giving the company more ammunition in the fight over Non-Delivery claims. Of course, who used to go out to analyze deliveries when a claim was made? Supervisors.
     Again the new technology is about reducing management, not attacking drivers. Although I’m sure managers, and supervisors will attempt to use it to speed up drivers, the reality is, they will be looking for ways to justify their existence since technology will be used to replace them. It really makes the driver worth another plug nickel in my view.
     The latest fear besides the DIAD camera is the “In-Cab” camera. I have not been able to determine that there is an actual plan to install cameras in the cabs, but all of the drivers are convinced that it’s coming. Of course I have been hearing that kind of speculation for years, and have even had to investigate complaints from drivers that secret cameras have been put in trucks to spy on the drivers.
     Given todays technology, cameras are a real possibility. Why would the company want them in the cab? Well let’s see, do you pick your nose? Do you scratch your ass while driving?
      Really an in cab camera could be used to monitor cell phone usage, distracted driver situations, texting, etc. The company already has the driver wired to see if they are using seat belts, and if the bulkhead door is closed.  
     The third thing would be safety procedures such as “three points of contact”. Again monitoring that from afar would be the job of a supervisor that again would be in jeopardy of losing their job because of technology. Any low life can watch a monitor, so why pay supervisors a huge amount of money to watch drivers pick their noses.
     What should a driver do about cameras? The first thing would be to get informed on the protections provided in the contract regarding new technology and how it can be used in the disciplinary process. The next thing would be to talk to your steward and find out if your paranoia is actually based in fact, and not in fear. Also, get involved in the upcoming contract negotiations to be sure that your rights are addressed in the new contract.
     Finally, realize that technological changes in the company are less about disciplining drivers, than about getting rid of a top heavy, non-productive, expensive management system. Remember, managers produce nothing of profit to the company. That’s why every manager, or supervisor seems so desperate to survive.
     It’s all about the bottom line.

Bill of Goods

     Have I Got a Deal For You!We are all basking in the beginning glow of the 2012 Election cycle. After a long Republican primary season we have been blessed with more crap than any a–hole can deal with.
     We need to know that now is the big sale. Big Sale? Yes, now we are about to be told anything, so that we will buy the boatload of crap about what these politicians claim they will do for us. We need to look at the facts.
     The fact is, none of these guys intend to do anything for the middle class, working person in this country.       
     These politicians plan to continue to sell our jobs overseas, and give the companies that do so, a huge tax benefit.
     These politicians plan to pay down the national debt with money from Social Security and Medicare, all the while giving tax breaks to the top 1%.
     These politicians plan to take away hard fought women’s rights regarding birth control, rights to healthcare access, rights to equal wages, rights to protections under the law in rape cases, etc.
     These politicians plan to continue the fight to give control of our government to the corporate entities in the world, yes that’s world. That means giving our government control to whomever has the most money, and that means from outside the U.S. as well as inside. They continue to fight against people’s right to vote, yet fight for “corporate personhood”. “Corporations are people my friends”, remember that one?
     So when it comes time to pull that lever remember, you have seen what these politicians truly have to offer the working people of this country. Remember that the last bastion of freedom is in the power you hold as a voter.
     First of all, you must exercise your right to vote. Second you must make decisions on the people that are out there to represent you, not just sell you a “bill of goods”, so they can further the agenda of the “corporate big money” in this country, and outside of it.
Don’t be sold a “Bill of Goods”