He made the trains run on time and controlled the Unions
Fascism is recognized to have first been officially developed by Benito Mussolini, who came to power in Italy in 1922. To sum up fascism in one word would be to say "anti-liberalism"................Socialism and Democracy. Political doctrines pass; peoples remain. It is to be expected that this century may be that of authority, a century of the "Right," a Fascist century."
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Here are small excerpts of comments taken from MaineToday
The paper is well worth reading if you want to know what the public is thinking.
You should join MaineToday and stay up with what the rest of Maine thinks. I only printed small bits because I was in the conversation.
This is your opposition. They are working with lies, hate, jealousy, and even some good intentions based on bad information. They leave comments, they talk to the papers, they talk to the legislature. Do you? Do your co-workers?
The worst is the intelligent and thoughtful comment made at the bottom of the page.
The reason it is so bad is that it is based on bad information. If we had received C.P.I. raises for the last 16 years we would not have a problem. We have actually gotten a pay cut
PLEASE READ FROM THE BOTTOM UP
NO, NOT HERE, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM :)
There was a time when unions were a necessity in this country, but those days are passed. Unions continue to ruin the economy in this country and states unions are the worst offenders.
The state has 1 secretary for every two workers.
Snow plow drivers getting paid through out the entire year even though it only snows for 4 months of the year?
I print the following link to the supposed proof that State employees are so highly paid because it proves nothing except we are not afraid of made up numbers. This is just more of the "I have a lousy job for a stinking company and you should suffer too!" type of thought. I hope you can get a real job, where someone respects what you do. I know you work hard for your family, if only your employer cared.
YOU deserve a good job, and benefits too!
State workers receive benefits packages that are 120 percent more than the private sector ($14,982 vs.$6,805)
State workers in social services are like garbage men, they do the job no one else wants, and you want to see your trash off your lawn right?
Government is not a business, and can't be run like one. There are many issues in this State, but putting down State workers just because they want to get a raise is unfair.
I won't defame state employees. Many I'm sure are hard working people like the rest of us. However, like the rest of us they should share the financial hardship this state's economic policies have created.
Many Maine workers have gone at least one year without a pay increase let state and local employees do the same. After that wage increases in line with the regional C.P.I. would be fair. Finally all state employees should be placed on Dirigo Health. If it's a cutting edge program like the Governor promotes, it should be good enough for government employees too.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
You think you have it tough? Is it too hard to organize for Union activity?
I know this picture is from China, but I put it in for the idea.
How would you like to face tanks, rifles, and do it in the middle of
Iraqi Oil Workers Declare Victory after Strike
The demands of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) that held pipeline strikes near
On 11 June, the IFOU met with the Minister of State for Parliament Affairs, who represents Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Promises al-Maliki made to the union in May were finally honored. A committee to deal with oil workers’ grievances was finally established. Grievances including salaries, work conditions, health and safety concerns, and demands to be involved in the future of
IFOU President Hassan Jumaa Awad Alasady said, the workers have won in demanding their rights.
On June 5 the Iraqi military surrounded the strikers and the
After negotiations with the union, both sides agreed to stop the strike and to use negotiations to resolve outstanding issues.
Basra-area pipeline workers, part of the 26,000-member IFOU, shut down oil pipelines leading to Baghdad on 4 June, and again on 5 June, after a decision by the country’s oil minister to break the Prime Minister’s promises to the Union.
Maybe dealing with Republicans isn't quite so bad. 2009 E.T.I.
The IFOU has thanked all of the Unions around the world that helped. sending messages of gratitude for all of the help and good wishes expressing solidarity with the oil workers and the IFOU.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
None of the gains were in Maine, but we can make the same gains. We know we need to have more members involved in protecting their families and their jobs. It is getting better. Hard to believe, but we are hearing more questions about how things work. I think we are hearing more from members because the message is getting through. The union is you, and your voice matters. Your opinions will be heard. Let's get more people involved. Pass on this blog address, and ask "What can we do, what do members want from the Union?". POST your ideas! If we get enough voices, we will be strong.
Know your enemy.
In Maine we get lied to, told we get too much already. We get told that the legislature with the help of the State's best economists can't figure out how to fund a raise or stop stealing gas money from employees. We pay the travel expenses for the State, we pay the insurance costs to drive our cars for the State, we pay the hundreds to fix our cars if they get trashed by a client, BUT we can't get cost of living raises. We are the targets of every politician looking to make a name on a right wing talk show or newspaper. We keep taking pay cuts. Sorry, sometimes I just lose it. AFSCME is making a run at a 25/55 retirement plan. Great for their employees but the money would come from the same money we need to fix the cliff. We don't talk to them, they don't talk to us, and meantime the State's negotiators are just rolling in the halls watching us waste all our energy in fighting each other.
Everyone is screaming about what the Union has not done for them. What can we do to get people involved? How do we reach out? We are doing good work with dedicated people.
We need a lot more ideas than mine. How about you email this post someone you know. Ask them to subscribe to this blog, if you haven't signed up, take a second. We can make a difference, one person at a time. Ask them to pass it on. If you are reading this I know you care about more than just yourself.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WITH A STRONG INVOLVED MEMBERSHIP
Mileage Rate Changes OREGON
January 31 2007
The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced that the private vehicle mileage reimbursement rate will be 48.5 cents per mile, effective February 1, 2007 for Federal agencies. Our intent in State Travel Policy is to mirror those federal rates. This change was published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2007
How many complaints about the State raising mileage rates will they get?
Please sign up and tell a friend.
Monday, June 18, 2007
We couldn't get cameras into the last meeting of the decertification crowd but these sketches were made by our source.
They think they are really going to be "Purple people eaters". Purple union money comes from the members.
Ask yourself where the anti union money comes from when there is no union and no dues. Does anyone think that some big organization is donating millions of dollars all over the country out of their warm, employee loving hearts?
These cartoons are courtesy of a great Union friendly site, Carol Simpson Designworks. They do artwork, design work, and much more. Please drop in and take a look.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
SUPREME COURT RULES NO POLITICAL FEES BE TAKEN FROM NON-MEMBERS. MSEA HAS NEVER TAKEN POLITICAL COSTS FROM NON-MEMBERS.
On July 14 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states may require public-sector labor unions to get permission from workers before using their union fees for political activities.
The 9-0 decision applies to government workers who have chosen not to be members of the union.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the court. Because it even would be constitutional for
The question was if it is enough for unions to give nonmembers the chance to opt out of their fees being used for political purposes - Under this standard, the burden is on the nonmember to object, and if no objection is heard, the union can assume consent.
The high court yesterday reaffirmed that standard, saying that it's OK for a state to put the burden on the nonmember. But the court also said that standard is a "floor," not a "ceiling" -- meaning that states may impose further restrictions on unions-------
The man who brought the case said the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the idea that unions have a constitutional right to spend nonmember dues on politics. THE FAIRSHARE FEE INCLUDES NO POLITICAL SPENDING.
Officials at the National Right to Work Foundation -- which helped bring the suit said the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to change the union rules.
They have no dues paying members. Where is the money coming from? Corporate generosity to union busting groups?
No one is being forced to pay Union Dues in Maine, they are being asked to pay for the expenses that the State has determined the Union must cover for all employees, Union members or not.
"Our fear was that if the Supreme Court had ruled the other way, the constitutionality of federal campaign restrictions on unions would be next," he said.Yeah,
He is afraid that the restrictions placed on the free speech of Union members might be removed. I am sure the same group believes in uncontrolled corporate speech.
The Supreme Court didn't rule that the teachers union had violated any law.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The figures speak for themselves. Keep reading, the punch line is at the bottom. "They say Unions are dying. Why would anyone rush out to say "I want to earn less". Because Unions have been painted as the devil, denying good wages to everyone else. The truth of the matter is that you have to consider the source. Republicans, Wall to Wall mart, big employers with a vested interest in keeping wages low.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
UNION MEMBERS IN 2006
The bold italics are my comments. Narsbars
To be fair there is information stating union membership has declined.
Why would membership decline with the facts shown here? Part of the reason
is George Bush, who has taken the right of unionionization from thousand of
--Workers in the public sector had a union membership rate nearly five times that
of private sector employees.
The union membership rate for government workers (36.2 percent) was substantially
higher than for private industry workers (7.4 percent).
Within the public sector, local government workers had the highest union membership
rate, 41.9 percent. This group includes several heavily unionized occupations, such
as teachers, police officers, and fire fighters.
Among major private industries, transportation and utilities had the highest union
membership rate, at 23.2 percent, followed by construction (13.0 percent). Within
the information industry, telecommunications had a 20.7 percent union membership
rate. Financial activities had the lowest unionization rate in 2006--1.9 percent.
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Union Representation of Nonmembers
About 1.5 million wage and salary workers were represented by a union on their
main job in 2006, while not being union members themselves. (See table 1.) Slightly
more than half of these workers were employed in government. (See table 3.)
In 2006, full-time wage and salary workers who were union members
had median usual weekly earnings of $833, compared with a median
of $642 for wage and salary workers who were not represented by
Do you think they could afford to pay fair share from the difference?
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The MSEASEIU said their critics were right!
The light dawned when the union realized that their critics were right. They had been political when there was no reason. To quote a spokesperson for the former union. "We realized that all anyone had to do was ask for a raise" there is no need for a union to affect the legislature.
At this point secrets the union has been hiding for years came out!
Bargaining, retirement, health care, and so called "benefits" have all been revealed to be costs to the employer! The deception must end!
The membership has overwhelmingly demanded that every State worker not only pay more for health care, they have decided that it will better the industrial outlook if they do away with health care completely.
A nation wide study funded by Wall to Wall mart and the Republican party blew the lid off a dirty little secret. Employees that are sick, cost money and if they were to just die, the fittest and hardest working employees would be left. By weeding out sick (slackers) it will free up the employer to pay wages as they see fit and the raises for increased production will be announced after a study period of no more than one to two generations.
The current union has also decided that by dissolving immediately the stress level on management, knowing that there will be no more grievances, will ensure that all management will be so happy the employees will never have to (or be able to) complain again.
After a further review of so called “benefits” it has been discovered that every “sick day” and “vacation day” are actually time when the employee is not at work! This was so shocking that employees stormed union headquarters demanding an end to the shame and demanding more work time and less play. The slackers still whining about family and children were immediately shouted down.
They whine “I want a life”. You have a life. You have a job. Some corporations cannot afford even a middle sized country. How can you be so selfish to want to buy new clothes every year?
As an extension of the new “If you’re sick go home and die” program the stress of money problems has been studied extensively.
In the past many employees have suffered, buying homes they need to maintain, buying new cars and worrying about payments, children become spoiled and demand food, clothes and school, and you worry more. Under the new compassionate pay program these opportunities for stress will be removed.
Now we know that the problem is money, what do we do about it? State employees have demanded that wages be cut on a yearly basis continuing the trend of the past eight years. The cuts must be increased! Once we are all able to file bankruptcy we will only need to earn enough to make sure that we pay our credit cards as not paying them would cause immense pain to McMansion owners and yacht storage facilities. Pay cuts tie nicely into the health care initiative. No worry, no stress, and you can work many more fulfilling years proving your worth by allowing corporate and rich tax rates to be cut.This leads to another huge savings! Under the new plan you won’t retire until you die, saving the endless worry about what to do in those years you would have been wasting lying around doing nothing. Members formerly sucking the public dry (collecting retirement) will be moved to the homes of current employees and will act as domestic servants giving them a purpose in life and allowing current employees to work even longer hours.
We are not done yet! Every year the state must tax the public to pay for huge numbers of state vehicles. The mostly left wing union says “I want to feel your pain” and has decided that as part of the employment contract all employees will use their own vehicles for any state work necessary with no payment for mileage.
Some people have doubts about the new program but our politicians have promised this new day will lower the state tax level so much that they will consider giving back some of the wages after they study the overall effects. They think there may be raises for state employees as soon as Hell freezes over. (Don't worry, there is no global warming.)
As its last act the MSEASEIU in recognition of the harm that organized labor has done sent a letter to congress in the names of all former members demanding a raise in gas prices, removal of all labor laws, and a complete dropping of all taxes on anyone that does not have to work for a living.
Maybe someday they can forgive us.
Maybe we are not so bad. Pennsylvania SEIU state employees got 22% over a 4 year contract.
“The reported contract cost of more than $2 billion over the four years is a big number. That translates into a 22.5% increase. The first-year cost alone is equivalent to a 2% increase in the state budget.
Only 484 more members needed.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
"For more union cartoons and information go to http://dillingertoons.net/ ."
This cartoon courtesy of dillingertoons. They have let me change the dialog balloons as needed.
Apologies to dillingertoons for anything that detracts from their excellent work. If you need any artwork or would like to see a great pro union site please visit.
A lot of people asked what was done in bargaining. I don't want to argue. I hope this brings some clarity to the process. P.S. For members of the bargaining team I have included two small nearly invisible jokes. Try to find them!!
Click on the cartoon to enlarge. 489 more members needed, sign up a friend!!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
FAIR SHARE! Sometimes you just have to scream. I work with a non-member that told me “I will join when I see the Union do something for me” Last year the non member got a four grade increase through the Union developed FJA process. I helped to write the FJA. I asked the non member to join today saying that the
We have full time members that show no more understanding of the
We may not have enough participation but I didn't see any Fair share members, AGEM supporters, AFSCME, or MSLEA, rallying or at hearing in the legislature fighting for us. So far the active members have carried the ball. They need help!
The SEIU national is sometimes perceived as giving orders to locals, but in
How about as a first move, you send the address of this Blog to two people you know, ask them to do the same, and you post your opinion.