Archive for August, 2011

We Salute Tim DeChristopher

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Tim DeChristopher is a young man with great courage.  He is a climate activist who while studying in Utah attended a gas lease auction for public lands.  He bid $1.8 million on 14 parcels of land.  He didn't have the money to pay of course.  He did it as a ...

Say no to Walmart

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

After reading this  Labor Notes story about what it's like to work at Walmart.  I'm glad I stopped shopping there. How Walmart Trains Managers By Adrian Campbell Montgomery Created Aug 31 2011 - 3:07pm The brave Walmart workers who belong to OUR Walmart [1] say fear is the main thing stopping their fellow ...

That wasn’t the fat lady. It was #Chris Christie in drag.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hey Verizon bosses, this fight ain't over it's only just begun. That wasn't the fat lady you heard singing it was Fatso Christie in drag.  The fat slob governor and Verizon's effete elite exec Lowell McGreedy are neighbors who live in, that cesspool of ruling class vermin, Mendham, NJ. [caption id="attachment_392" ...

Verizon Bosses say, “Divide and Conquer.” We say, “Please Don’t Duck.”

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_340" align="aligncenter" width="446" caption="Verizon ad tries to divide workers"][/caption] With the "great power" of their "superior" intellect and  imaginations -- diluted, unfortunately, by blue blood inbreeding -- the Verizon bosses have  reached into their billion dollar bag of tricks and come up with a brilliant plan --  divide and conquer.  ...

Reviving the Strike is the only way to build a Vibrant Labor Movement

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Here's a Labor Notes review of a new book  Reviving the Strike by Joe Burns.  Also watch interview with Thom Hartman from YouTube.  Burns argues that we must go back to the traditional strike where labor shut down production even if that requires mass civil disobedience against unjust labor laws. [youtube]![/youtube] REVIEW: ...

Hedge Funds way more Dangerous than Storms

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Don't worry about hurricanes.  Hedge funds buying up farmland all over the world are  way more troublesome than the weather.   You remember hedge funds.  They're some of the folks who brought us the "housing crisis."  These titans of industry are betting that food shortages will mean big profits, and so ...

March in Paterson Labor Day Parade Sept. 4th

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Paterson, NJ is a town rich in working class history.  In the early part of the 20th Century it was one of the most important textile centers in the US.  The 1913 Paterson Strike pitted 20,000 silk mill workers against the owners of 300 mills.  The strike was lead by ...

This Labor Day We Need Protest Marches, Not Parades

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I have to agree with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on this one.   This Labor Day we need to party less and protest more.  With the real unemployment rate at 17% and attacks on workers growing like cornstalks in farm country, we need to stand firm and say, "We won't ...

Verizon Strike Ends, For Now

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Here's another good article from Labor Notes. Jenny Brown |  August 22, 2011 CWA Local 9510 rallied in southern California August 17 in support of the strike. Photo: Unity at Verizon. After 15 days on strike, 45,000 Verizon workers will march into work on Tuesday after extracting an agreement from ...

Here’s a guy who understands how wirele$$ phones work

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

I vote for this guy to be the new CEO -- at least he knows how the network works. [caption id="attachment_310" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Verizon CEO elect"][/caption]