Posts Tagged ‘E.M. Ployd’

May
2011
12

A Protest of the M&I Shareholders’ Meeting In New York City? You Can Bank On It.

A Protest of the M&I Shareholders’ Meeting In New York City? You Can Bank On It.
Next week, the bank that helped elect Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP, M&I, is holding a special shareholders’ meeting in New York City after having switched from its intended location of Milwaukee, WI to stay away from the public eye and avoid certain protest. But fear not, demonstrators! A rally WILL STILL BE HELD [&hellip...
May
2011
12

Swiss Scientists: Cell Phones Are Responsible for the Declining Bee Population

Swiss Scientists: Cell Phones Are Responsible for the Declining Bee Population
Led by researcher Daniel Favre, the alarming study found that bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode. The bees sensed the signals transmitted when the phones rang, and emitted heavy buzzing noise during the calls. The calls act as an instinctive warning to leave the hive, [&hellip...
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May
2011
12

“Transportation leaders should make access to jobs an explicit priority in their spending and service decisions, especially given the budget pressures they face.”

The Brookings Institute has drawn some interesting conclusions based on extensive research into the public transit systems of the nation’s 100 largest cities and released a brief: Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America” A couple of excerpts are below: About one-quarter of jobs in low- and middle-skill industries...
May
2011
11

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch Official Statement Vetoing Right-to-Work Legislation, HB474

By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on May 11, 2011, I vetoed HB 474. States should not interfere with the rights of businesses and their employees to freely negotiate contracts. That is unless there is a compelling public interest, and there is no compelling [&hellip...
May
2011
11

“This is about much more than ‘creating’ jobs. This is about the consequences of not closing the skills gap.”

TV construction personality Mike Rowe has penned an interesting piece in POLITICO in support of a renewed focus on skills training as a means of dealing with the American jobs crisis. As opposed to simply worrying about creating jobs, Rowe suggests, making sure people have the skills to complete the tasks that are currently not [&hellip...
May
2011
11

Dial 1-800-GOP-WISC to Report Infected, Poisoned or Otherwise Unsafe Drinking Water

Dial 1-800-GOP-WISC to Report Infected, Poisoned or Otherwise Unsafe Drinking Water
Republicans in Wisconsin have ignored 21 Democratic amendments and passed a bill that removes the requirement for municipalities to disinfect drinking water. The argument in favor of the bill is that communities should “make their own choice on this,” according to the bill’s author Eric Severson (R-Star Prairie). Here’s a...
May
2011
11

NH GOP Pressures Members to Flip-Flop, Baselessly Calls Governor’s Veto a Power Grab

NH GOP Pressures Members to Flip-Flop, Baselessly Calls Governor’s Veto a Power Grab
In New Hampshire, Governor John Lynch has promised for months to veto unpopular Right-to-Work legislation that members of the GOP majority have made a top priority despite a divided statehouse and an uncertain constituency. Now, the anti-union legislation’s most staunch supporters have launched a pressure-and-smear campaign to overcome a...
May
2011
11

GM to Create or Retain 4,000 Jobs With $2 Billion Investment in 17 Plants Across Eight States

GM to Create or Retain 4,000 Jobs With $2 Billion Investment in 17 Plants Across Eight States
General Motors has announced $2 billion worth of new investments in 17 of its plants across eight states. This will create or retain 4,000 American jobs, according to their spokespeople. New hires will make half of what current employees earn. The two-tier system will be discussed during contract negotiations beginning in the Fall. New York...
May
2011
10

Andrew Kroll’s Not-So-Happy Meal Ticket

Andrew Kroll's Not-So-Happy Meal Ticket
Yes, jobs are being created, but what kinds of jobs paying what kinds of wages? Can those jobs sustain a modest lifestyle and pay the bills? Or are we living through a McJobs recovery? Mother Jones writer Andrew Kroll has weighed in on the recent mass hiring by McDonald’s. The spring blitz saw 62,000 people [&hellip...
May
2011
10

Action Alert: DOS Taking Public Comments On Keystone XL Pipeline That Could Create 13,000 Jobs

Action Alert: DOS Taking Public Comments On Keystone XL Pipeline That Could Create 13,000 Jobs
United Association Director of Political and Legislative Affairs, Rick Terven, issued a call to action via Facebook concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline that is awaiting approval. The project will put as many as 13,000 people to work including thousands of Building Trades union members. “The Department of State (DOS) has asked for public...
May
2011
9

VIDEO: 1,000 World War II Veterans Die Each Day

VIDEO: 1,000 World War II Veterans Die Each Day
We have embedded this gorgeous and emotional video below, but we ask that you watch it HERE if possible to ensure that your view is counted towards the goal of 1,000,000 views which is less than 80,000 views from becoming a reality. The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight YouTube page reads: Every day, [&hellip...
May
2011
9

FL Beats Back Worker Gag Bill and Anti-PLA Law, Sees UI Benefits Reduced, Voting Restricted

FL Beats Back Worker Gag Bill and Anti-PLA Law, Sees UI Benefits Reduced, Voting Restricted
Florida’s Legislative session ended in the wee hours Saturday morning and the results were mixed. Many bills passed that will burden working families, while many others were beaten back, thanks in large part to a concerted, undying effort by labor supportive groups. Florida is a state divided, with some Democratic State Senators threatening...