Posts Tagged ‘E.M. Ployd’

Jun
2011
16

LIUNA’s “Netroots and Work Boots” Rally Will Encourage Investment in the Middle Class, the Economy

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via LIUNA… Minnesota members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) will team up with bloggers and activists from the 2011 Netroots Nation conference to fight back for good jobs by calling on leaders in Washington to invest in the basic needs of America and Minnesota, including roads, bridges and water resources....
May
2011
20

VIDEO: Mike Rowe Speaks to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

VIDEO: Mike Rowe Speaks to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Last week, Mike Rowe published a piece in POLITICO that warned of “the consequences of not closing the skills gap.” Rowe talked about his grandfather and how he’d learned over a half dozen trades. He envisions a future where, if this kind of knowledge and training were held in the highest esteem once again, the [&hellip...
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May
2011
18

“The Insulators Have Been Green Since ????” — We Party Patriots T-Shirt Contest

“The Insulators Have Been Green Since ????” — We Party Patriots T-Shirt Contest
During a recent visit with the Insulators Union (International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers), union leadership brought to our attention some old journal entries from the union’s monthly publication which highlight what is at the core of the insulating industry: saving energy and saving people money. What was...
May
2011
18

A Post Your Boss Hates: How to Build a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Out of Office Supplies

A Post Your Boss Hates: How to Build a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Out of Office Supplies
You read that right, nerds. Someone has provided a step-by-step guide to building a model Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Jet out of every day office supplies. DIY time-killing website Instructables has…uh…struct again with this follow up to the wildly popular (among bored people) Building the Starship Enterprise From Useless Office...
May
2011
17

MEDIA BUY-US: Are Sunday Talk Shows Leaning Further Right Than Ever Before?

MEDIA BUY-US: Are Sunday Talk Shows Leaning Further Right Than Ever Before?
In These Times writer Mike Elk had some strong words for NBC’s Meet the Press anchor, David Gregory, following an interview on Sunday in which Newt Gingrich was allowed to make unchallenged assertions about the ongoing Boeing v. National Labor Relations Board dispute: While Meet the Press host David Gregory vigorously challanged Newt...
May
2011
17

Hearing Chamber of Commerce Footsteps, Nebraska Gov. Threatens Veto of Labor Board Reform

Following new amendments put forth by various wings of Nebraska’s Chamber of Commerce, the state’s Republican Governor, Dave Heineman, threatened to veto a Commission of Industrial Relations (CIR) reform proposal that has been advanced through the “officially nonpartisan legislature” by Democratic State Senator Stephen...
May
2011
17

200-Pound Prehistoric Fish Caught With Rod and Reel, Breaking Trinity River Record

200-Pound Prehistoric Fish Caught With Rod and Reel, Breaking Trinity River Record
The Fort Worth Weekly reports that Joseph Williams has caught the largest “fish” ever in the Trinity River, a 200+ pound alligator gar. He did so using a rod and a reel. Cleveland, Texas resident Joseph Williams was using a rod and reel recently when he caught an alligator gar in Athens that was 7 [&hellip...
May
2011
17

New Hampshire Republican: “I Was Wrong On Right-to-Work”

New Hampshire Republican:
Yesterday, Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill. He recognizes that the title and description of the bill is misleading and is meant to hide the true intent and the dangers enactment would facilitate. Mark Hounsell served as a New Hampshire Congressman from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the Republican party. During that time [&hellip...
May
2011
17

Indiana Supreme Court Strips Citizens of Right to Resist Unlawful Police Entry

Indiana Supreme Court Strips Citizens of Right to Resist Unlawful Police Entry
In a decision that undermines an idea that dates back to the Magna Carta (!), the Indiana Supreme Court “overturned long-standing precedent and stripped citizens of the right to resist unlawful police entry to their homes.” The decision followed a discrete event in which a man resisted and beat a police officer who was trying [&hellip...
May
2011
16

White House Holds Up Trade Agreements Over Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

White House Holds Up Trade Agreements Over Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
The Obama Administration is making a last-ditch attempt to put a cherry on top of their crappy free trade sundae. The Seattle Times reports that the White House is now refusing to submit the three approved FTAs — with South Korea, Colombia and Panama — unless the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) is expanded. “We [&hellip...
May
2011
16

Vietnamese Welders Shipped Out, Shook Down

A New York Times expose last week revealed the grave mistreatment of Vietnamese welders, duped into coming to the United States only to be fired and left broke through a calculated multi-national kind of human trafficking scheme. The workers considered a return to Vietnam, but received threats from the labor company who had sent them [&hellip...
May
2011
15

Michigan Democratic Party “Sitting on the Sidelines” During Rick Snyder Recall

Michigan Democratic Party
The fabulous Michigan website Eclectablog has been hunting down the truth about Rick Snyder, the Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager fiasco and assorted Right-Wing wrongs like a rabid basset hound of late. His coverage has gotten him traction with the Rachel Maddow blog. Now, he’s taking on the Democrats, claiming that he and others...