Posts Tagged ‘E.M. Ployd’

May
2011
9

Fishing for Compliments? Scott Walker Gets Booed on a Boat.

Scott Walker has baited the workers of Wisconsin to such a degree that they’re taking their protests to amphibian levels, staging demonstrations from motor boats while the Governor attempts to enjoy a fishing trip. Not in this lifetime, buddy. You thought you and your long cast of cronies were going to tackle the budget by [&hellip...
May
2011
9

UA Local 91, Central Alabama Building Tradesmen Aid Tornado Victims in Clean Up Effort

UA Local 91, Central Alabama Building Tradesmen Aid Tornado Victims in Clean Up Effort
In late April, tornadoes swept through the state of Alabama, taking the lives of more than 400 people. The devastation has been graphic and deeply saddening as blood has flown through the beating heart of dixie. But union members have come to the aid of those who have seen their homes and lives smothered by [&hellip...
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May
2011
9

Canadian Bank CEO: Give the Poor a Tax Break

Canadian Bank CEO: Give the Poor a Tax Break
Despite Canada’s reputation for a strong social safety net, the country is becoming economically polarized. And the decades-old dominant economic dogma that growing wealth among society’s highest earners would trickle down to those less fortunate is being challenged by an alternative approach: Eliminate crushing poverty among the...
May
2011
8

Sunday, Video Sunday: PA Rally Clip from TWU and a European Raver Reacts to Bin Laden’s Death

Sunday, Video Sunday: PA Rally Clip from TWU and a European Raver Reacts to Bin Laden’s Death
On Tuesday, over 5,000 people gathered at Pennsylvania’s state capitol to protest Governor Corbett’s budget which includes cuts to education and the familiar “balancing the budget on the backs of workers” model. The Transports Workers Union (TWU) put together a video of the events (below). Photos from the rally are on...
May
2011
8

Out of Isolation and Into the Rank-and-File: Women Building the Nation Conference Attracts Record Draw

Out of Isolation and Into the Rank-and-File: Women Building the Nation Conference Attracts Record Draw
We also want pay equality. Women make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. Keep in mind that since 2008, two million women are the family’s principal breadwinner because of male unemployment, and without living wages, one in eight women are living in poverty. “Not content to see themselves locked at 2.5% of the [&hellip...
May
2011
7

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not (paying taxes) in Kansas any more.”

Earlier this week, we posted a Columbia Law School study that shows the tragic void America needs to fill in wage and hour standards enforcement. As the study was being circulated, Kansas’ legislature added a hurdle to such enforcement: they removed the penalty for first-time employee misclassification offenders. Without full detail, we...
May
2011
6

SAY IT AIN’T SO: 5 Democratic Congressmen Getting Money From ALEC?

SAY IT AIN’T SO: 5 Democratic Congressmen Getting Money From ALEC?
Maybe I haven’t been looking closely enough. Or maybe I’m overinterpereting the importance of this. Either way, it seems like it should be shared. There is something called the Blue Dog Coalition. It is a group of Democratic Congressmen who are fiscally conservative and have urged the President to take actions similar to those being...
May
2011
6

NH’s Right-to-Work (at McDonald’s) May Get Veto

NH's Right-to-Work (at McDonald's) May Get Veto
Shawn Cleary, Business Agent for Ironworkers Local 7 (representing parts of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire), has provided us some detail on the status of New Hampshire’s Right-to-Work legislation, the road to nowhere that has passed the state’s House and Senate. Though Governor John Lynch’s office has promised to veto the...
May
2011
6

Photoshop Phriday: LOL OMG WTF

Photoshop Phriday: LOL OMG WTF
The above image isn’t actually Photoshop’d. No, the folks driving this truck went the old school route, creating with their bare hands what has become the labor movement’s union art project of the week. Presumably, the truck above had just filled up at a local gas station, where prices had been skyrocketing to levels never...
May
2011
6

Chicago Teamsters Complaint on National Stage

Chicago Teamsters Complaint on National Stage
Workers said that the company called people who had been injured multiple times “repeaters” and that those people were more frequently monitored by supervisors. Chiacgo Teamsters Local 705’s effort to push back against United Parcel Service’s blame the worker approach to healthy and safety hit the national stage this...
May
2011
5

AL, FL, GA, LA and MS Do Not Have State Agencies to Enforce Wage and Hour Standards

AL, FL, GA, LA and MS Do Not Have State Agencies to Enforce Wage and Hour Standards
The most common method for identifying wage and hour abuse was individual wage claims filed by employees. Only Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New York and Massachusetts made significant use (more than 5% of enforcement work) of procedures other than individual complaint processes. The National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School has...
May
2011
5

Coolest Mountain Biking Video, Uh…Ever?

Coolest Mountain Biking Video, Uh…Ever?
If not, then at least this week. These four Canadian guys built plank ramps in the forest and created a route that leads them to jumps, over ravines and across bridges. The gorgeous route allows the foursome to split up and recombine while the camera somehow soars above and between the trees. A must-watch though [&hellip...