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Quote for Labor Day Weekend

 

 

There can be no better way to honor the American worker then to support an increase in the minimum wage to a living wage of at least $10 per hour. That would be one Happy Labor Day.

– Dennis Kucinich

 

A Quote for the Evening… the Unions are not quite dead yet (Hooray).

“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.”

AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee

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!

When did Republicans change from favoring Labor over Corporations?

Back at its roots (Lincoln) Republicans had a view of labor that was positive and a view of Capitalism that was negative.

When did they reverse their views? When did they put greed ahead of people?

May Day

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.

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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.

Big News From HuffPo: White House Wins Labor Support For Health Care

This hit just before 6 PM… looks like we’re on the way to getting this Health Care compromise finished.

Here’s a clip, but you might want to read the whole thing:

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Leaders of the labor movement announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached a compromise agreement with the White House and congressional leaders to address union concerns with the health care reform bill.

Trumka
The most contentious issue facing the negotiators was the excise tax on high-cost, “Cadillac” insurance plans. The tax was not eliminated, as many union members had called for, but was scaled back so that it won’t hit as many labor households.
For an eight-year period, plans that are the result of collective bargaining – union plans – will be exempted from the tax.
“Let’s go on and actually pass this bill,” Anna Burger of the Service Employees International Union said in a conference call union leaders held with reporters to announce the deal. The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka cautioned, however, that full labor support is “subject to the final bill.”
The deal was reached with the White House, they said, but Congress is also on board.
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Now you tell me!

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.