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If Walmart is going to halt labor unrest with punitive “plumbing problems” its workers could plumb the same depths

Walmart has reportedly closed a smattering of its stores across the country citing "plumbing problems". The mega-retailer's media cohorts are reporting the mystery but won't say that the closures coincide with stores which have been hardest hit by labor unrest. It turns out, Walmart has opted to close its doors where employees have most successfully organized "Fight For Fifteen" actions. By suddenly closing the stores Walmart preempted further organizing and punished the upstarts by laying off all the store's employees with only a few hours notice. Walmart claims the plumbing problems will take a half year to fix. I think what remains of Walmart's workforce has been given a wonderful opportunity to retaliate in kind. What of these plumbing problems? Are Walmart's other stores showing signs of plumbing problems too? Might a larger wave of plumbing problems be induced? I think Walmart's union-busting advisors have loosed a weapon that will prove more consequential for Walmart than its wage-slave victims. Foisted on their own petard, I believe is the expression. Petard in this case is substituted by toilette. Walmart customers can even get in on the act, err, investigation, for free. Come to Walmart empty handed, find a bag of cement

Goddamnit! 100 years on, KRCC plays soldier to butcher Ludlow miners again

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- This is what happen when apolitical wits want to dribble their sardonic apathy on a subject of historic import. Or as they see it, unimport. The 100-year anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre passed in April, with considerable media attention and unfortunately the requisit controversy that comes of celebrants numbering equal parts decendents of the perps and not the miners. You'd think KRCC might have heard the dissonance in April, the attempt of National Guard to rewrite the history in accordance to today's culture of military-worship and the ensuing protestations, but no. Tonight a locally produced radio show called "Wish We Were Here" aired a one-hour episode about "Ludlow" on public radio franchise KRCC. Noel Black, Jake Burnell and Andrea Chalfin put the program together and relied on the same revisionists which dogged the official commemorations.

Pueblo museum excises Mine Workers Union from Ludlow Massacre exhibit!

PUEBLO, COLORADO- 2014 marks one hundred years since the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. A variety of commemorations are planned before the formal anniversary on April 20. I attended one such event on Wednesday, a lecture by a CSU professor to footnote the "Children of Ludlow" exhibit at El Pueblo History Museum. I'm always excitied when attention is paid to Ludlow, a subject regularly left out of American schoolbooks, but I was disappointed to find key elements of labor history excised from the museum's narrative. Literally. The United Mine Workers of America, the organization central to the strike, which supplied the tent city, and which even today maintains the memorial site, was mentioned only once, IN FINE PRINT! The Ludlow miners voted to strike because the mining companies refused to recognize the UMWA. Unmentioned. The horrors of the atrocity were not tempered, in their explicitness perhaps we think them enough, but there was also the apologist suggestion that some culpability belonged to the miners. I questioned one curator who admitted they were at pains to keep the story "balanced" and that the squeakiest wheel thus far has been the National Guard. Apparently the Guard is offended that its role will

We all hate bad teachers, and so do teachers. Chicago Teachers Strike is about improving education

No one hates bad teachers more than fellow teachers. What a vile media construct to assert the Chicago Teachers Strike wants to force bad teachers on the public school system. The strike is a bid to strengthen the union and public education. Who better to fight privatization, standardized testing and the deliberate mis-education of common students than teachers? 36976

Colorado police brutality retrospective: the 1934 Relief Strike Battle, UP story “Girl Radical Leads Mob in Denver Riot”

If one image captures the "Relief Strike Riot" of October 30, 1934, it's of Patrolman CV Satt who continues to fire his service revolver after he's felled by a bottle thrown by a striking picketer. Although Colorado newspapers were anti-union, their accounts vary enough to reveal the escalation of violence for which the DPD was responsible and for which they and the newspapers I'll bet have never apologized. This article will be the first of a series to unearth the newspaper accounts which documented the events of Oct. 29 through Nov. 3, 1934, mostly because the police tactics and media defamation are remarkably similar today. 35899

Reformist US labor unions plan to suck life from Occupy movement this spring

Here it is, the big push this spring by 'Labor' to try to suck the life out of the US Occupy Movement and push us all back into the Democratic Party behind Barack O'bomber man and a second term of Republican Lite NOTHINGNESS. The 99% Spring , a big blob of empty rhetoric by the usual Vote Lesser of Two Evils suspects. Americans deserve much better than this and deserve something better than the Democratic Party Right Centrism we always get from this disintegrating Labor crowd.

In India- a general strike called by a Right Wing party paralyzes the country

India has two major parties, one of which is much like the Far Right Republican Party here in the US, and the other much like the Right Centrist Democratic Party we here in the US are currently burdened with having administering the White House on behalf of the corporate super rich. And just like the two corporate parties of the US have no solution to any problems at all, the same is true of the big two corporate parties of India, the now governing so-called 'United Progressive Party' and the The Bharatiya Janata Party of the Far Right grouping for the Indian ruling class and its cronies. Info about the general strike can be found here National Strike Brings India to a Grinding Halt and the current discontent is fueled mainly by rising energy costs which has led to a situation of general inflation of consumer prices.

Say goodbye to 2011 and bad bad Walmart

OCCUPIED COLORADO SPRINGS- Occupy Walmart continues today at Platte and Chelton. JOIN US. Why Walmart -- where have you been?! If the 99% can come together on anything, it's against capitalism's most despotic retailer. Judging by the support from traffic passing on Platte Avenue, 99% agree, this new year will not sustain such a greedy business model. Here are photos from Friday's protest. 29704

Why I Occupy Walmart

MY ENDGAME in occupying Walmart is to rally union members to the Occupy Movement. Union members, not unions. Taking the fight straight to Walmart, one of the most despicable, exploitative despoilers of the world's people and economy is something the big unions should have been doing thirty years ago. Maybe their members will finally see that they've been sold up the river by their supposed representatives. That neither local nor national unions are expressing solidarity with us on the sidewalks of these super centers is proof that the only wages and working conditions they've been protecting are their own.

Organize, but think outside the school

I love this graphic, it's clever, it's instructional, sort of. It offers at least the illusion of parity in a big fish eats little fish world. Because you know, it's not going to work unless one of the little fishies is packing a spear gun.

Ikea factory workers organized by IAM, who will unionize the retail employees?

Ikea factory workers in Danville, Virginia, voted to unionize. Did they do it alone? No, they joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Upside for Ikea, its customers can pretend their prefab furniture is tooled by rocket scientists). If Ikea retail employees follow suit, maybe there's hope for organizing the poverty-wage employees of America's largest private retailers: Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, so what current retail unions are recruiting their membership to flier offending locations, circulate among the workers and initiate organizing campaigns?

Morons at AFL-CIO say AT&T/T-Mobile merger will benefit union workers

That's the problem with unions. Collective bargaining is key to making capitalists heed the people, but the big unions are co-opted by back- peddling idiots. Aka, counter-revolutionaries. The AFL-CIO praised this merger because the unionized AT&T will absorb the non-union T-Mobile workforce? Yeah, what's left of the jobs. Increased monopolization means streamlined payrolls, more pressure to force concessions, and less leverage. In offering this endorsement of a proposed antitrust offense, the AFL-CIO takes its members for chumps. Remember the UFCW betraying the P-9 meatpackers, or the SEIU taking out the nurses' union? Of course the Democratic Party is chiming in, claiming a merger will help gays, by the same tortured moron math. Americans need their unions, their own political party, and advocacy groups, but they have to start with taking a guillotine to the top. Finding his pro-corporate support uncharacteristic GLAAD members unmasked their leader. This can be a one-strike litmus test. Favor AT&T, mistaken or not, you're out.

Scott Walker, Koch-Licker Supreme, strikes again

In a measure not just skirting state constitution, but directly contravening it, the Anti-Workers Rights law was published Friday. Not even bothering anymore to hide their vicious agenda to deprive workers of freedom. The only "right" workers will have is to work. At whatever wage the Big Pig Parasite Class decides is enough for them to survive on, even if it's far less than what it costs US to produce our labor. The Greedy-ass Rich Bitch corporate overlords would refuse to make less than a 20% annual profit, yet WE, the workers who put the money in THEIR pockets to begin with, are not allowed to decide what a fair profit for OUR labor, OUR product, would be. Nor even to decide for ourselves what "breaking even" would be, THEIR thieving Corporate Accountants and Corporate Attorneys will tell us and if we object, what? The traditional method for them to punish workers for being so "uppity" as to think of ourselves as Human Beings with rights, is to order THEIR Pigs to arrest us and THEIR so-called "justice" system to Imprison us, forcing US to work for THEIR corporations without any pay. If we object any further, they have THEIR Torture-freak "corrections" officers

A union worker, a citizen and a CEO …

Via UNAC's Ward Reilly: A unionized public employee, an ill-informed citizen, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the ill-informed citizen and says, "Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie."

“Invest in America” speak-out at Lame-Bone’s Office Tomorrow

Instead of his lame-ass "town halls" like the Tea-Party ones he held for health care, remember those? The one at a Country Club on the far edge of town that started after the bus stopped running on a Friday evening, no more bus service till Monday morning? Working Class need not apply? Then they filled the hall with a Republican Party strategy session before the "open to everyone" Town Hall? And the Republicans stayed for the "open" Town Hall, making sure nobody else could come in? Yeah... THAT old Pig tactic. This Speak-out is outside his Luxury Office Suite, where anybody with a million-dollar annual income and a campaign contribution check has easy access. Again, Poor people, workers... need not apply. Unless the Punk can prove that he actually does own one square inch more of the streets and sidewalks than any other citizen, there ain't Jack they can do about it. Bring stereo equipment, something with microphones and amps. Make sure every TeaBag sellout who works for him can hear what the REAL people have to say. 10:30 tomorrow morning, Thursday 24 Feb 2011, at Doug Lamborns congressional district office in Colorado Springs. MoveOn.org is sponsoring, and this is an info blurb: 23209

Egyptians support Wisconsin workers

I'll rally to support the Wisconsin unions, AND let's hope they too can rise above what immediately threatens them to see that the oppressed of the world have a common enemy.

Celebrity Leaders of the Anti-Peasant Crusade

Why is Lou Dobbs considered an "expert" on Immigration, but not Colbert? Now they're barking because Colbert testified in Congress as an "expert witness". And say that his only expertise was that he's a "Celebrity" Say whut? The problem they're having with his expertise isn't the shock to the senses that your first day of Field Labor is to ANYBODY. (It's why the Founding Fathers "hired" slaves to do it for them, because let's face it, if George Washington or Madison or Jefferson had to go out and cut their own damn tobacco and sugar cane (cotton wasn't a cash crop until later) they would have starved. Labor built the fortunes of the "Founding Fathers" the same way Labor builds the fortunes of the Capitalists today.) But they're claiming that his "expert" status was somehow due to his status as a Celebrity. So, what now, do they stop listening to that stupid John Wayne Record about how honorable it is to join the Army, travel to exotic places, meet interesting people, and Kill Them? 20078

“What would taxing the predatory oil, gas and coal companies mean to YOU?”

If they had asked the question honestly.... But they didn't and don't. By the way, that means the aforementioned Predatory Oil, Gas and Coal companies are still fighting, with the full blessings of Washington Insiders, any regulation on their practices or repayment of the debts they owe.   In a laughable smear against anybody who stands in the way of their Rape of the ecology and economy of the entire world, they have one Highly Trained Goof-Ball barking like a good little slave-doggy about the "Washington insiders" who are allegedly not deep in Oil Company pockets. I guess, you know, that buying the air time for these commercials over the past 5 years or so of this particularly sleazy campaign, was less expensive than actually reforming their industries. It paid off big for Exxon, which didn't pay a dime of income tax last year on BILLIONS of dollars of mostly Taxpayer Subsidized profits. 18502

King Soopers v Unions, just a thought.

I've noticed lately they've got signs up all around the stores saying "Our People Make The Difference" and similar themes, to the effect that they value the workers, really they (say they) do. So why the continual Big Scary Hassle regarding any contract negotiations? I saw something on TV the other day about "How It's Made -- Awards" and the deal was about those plastic Award trophies that large corporations give out at the end of the year... instead of, you know, cash bonuses. I always prefer artwork, like small wallet sized engravings of Dead Presidents, just a personal note. 17682

Obama breaks truth to widows: Miners died as Corporate Slaves, get used to it

Not really. He said they died in pursuit of a better life. But since the Coal Companies and other Corporate owners of West Virginia aren't going to actually invest anything in developing some other way for the people who live there to survive, and the people have not nearly enough opportunity to build their own enterprises, it IS a cycle of corporate slavery. 16258

Massey orphan, suddenly fatherless, says Coal equals Freedom

AFTER the Massey Company took her daddy's life with their Union-Busting activities, AFTER they got rich off her Daddy's work and her Daddy didn't... (edit: the comment following was sloppy editing on the part of the "news" service, she blurts out that Fascist Anti-Earth Propaganda about working in the coal mine being the key to economic recovery and compared her Daddy dying to "fighting for freedom." The rest of it is Gospel.) The Massey company, their only concern is that the mine is out of production for a while so they don't get Richer off the sweat and blood and toil and deaths of "their" workers. They continuously refused to provide safety upgrades, "Too expensive." Miners are cheaper than safety equipment. 15807

You can’t even trust Goobers anymore

By "goobers" I mean Goober Peas. That staple of American Diet in more ways than you can possibly imagine unless you're allergic to them, Once Again being recalled due to bacteria that exist naturally in the digestive tracts of Carnivores. In this case, like the LAST recall, which was only last year, about this time, it's Salmonella. 15039

Scabs have been getting welfare since Spring

Technically, its legal. And not any more or less Morally Repugnant than stealing the bread from the mouths of our Fellow Workers and their kids, and selling their future, their childrens futures, the futures of their fellow workers and the children thereof into Perpetual Wage Slavery. 9744

King Sooper UFCW members hang tough

COLORADO SPRINGS- King Sooper UFCW Local 7 members vote this week. Local activists are ready to join their brethren at the picket line. If the supermarket giants persist in their efforts to deny workers benefits and living wages, they might be surprised to see how far customers will be willing to go to support their friends in the business. 8138

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