– Dennis Kucinich
- The Hands that Feed Us: Most food industry workers earn low or poverty-level wages [The Pump Handle] (scienceblogs.com)
- Demystifying the Law: Wage & Hour Laws (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Guest view of Hilda L. Solis: ‘The great American worker is what makes America great’ (mlive.com)
- This labor day … waiting for change (blogs.berkeley.edu)
- A Bold New Labor Call for a ‘Maximum Wage’ (ourfuture.org)
- Campaign for living wage launched (radionz.co.nz)
- Labor Day Letter to President Obama (nader.org)
“Today’s union families ought to follow the example of those who came before us. Talk to your children about why some politicians want to use us as scapegoats. Tell them why attending a union meeting at night is important. Make sure they understand the importance of standing up for what’s right.
“Tell everyone from your children to your neighbors to your newspapers that privatization can be stopped and collective bargaining can be restored. Tell them why we must defeat politicians who want to hurt working families. Our union’s political strength — the Green Machine — has long overcome our adversaries and, working together, it will continue to be the force of change. We’ve proved our determination in the past, and we will do so time and again.”
OK… defeating politicians who want to hurt working families. That means defeating huge corporations and tax-eating billionaires. Are you ready? Can we do it?
Everybody say “Yeah!“
- AFSCME, SEIU going back to the table to talk to Gov. Tom Corbett’s labor negotiators (pennlive.com)
- State employee unions and Gov. Tom Corbett administration remain optimistic that labor agreements are within reach (pennlive.com)
- Pa. state workers union heads back to the bargaining table this morning (pennlive.com)
- Union leader makes strong argument against public sector collective bargaining (quinnscommentary.com)
Shepherdstown is celebrating May Day today… May Pole and other activities plus a parade at 11:00 AM are in store for all of us here.
Some years ago, May Day was known as the worldwide celebration of Communism and related Labor Movements… but I believe that this is why the US Govt. set our Labor Day as the first Monday in September instead of May 1 to take the focus off any Socialist Labor movement (the U.S. Congress even designated May 1 as Loyalty Day in 1958 due to the day’s perceived appropriation by the Soviet Union). Most of the world looks at May 1st as International Workers’ Day and uses it as a time for labor protests.
And we dance around May Poles. Go figure.
UPDATE 1:20 PM:
The May Day Parade was fun… I just got back. Sat in front of Mellow Moods coffee house with my camera and watched it go by.
Here’s a clip, but you might want to read the whole thing:
Watching Dylan Ratigan’s Morning Meeting I heard White House reporter Chuck Todd comment on the fact that there are 6 people looking for every 1 job available (while meanwhile the banks are showing record profits.)
Either jobs aren’t a number one priority at this point, or profit triumphs over work.
Anyway… I wish the five other guys who are looking for work at the jobs I’ve been going after would take a couple of days off.