He made the trains run on time and controlled the Unions

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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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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How About More Work for Less Pay?

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Build the economy, Work More, Get Paid Less 

The work of government must still get done but the Governor is proposing more shut down days. I can't wait until the legislature adds more to the three the Governor (our friend) is proposing.

American workers both public and private are working smarter and doing more in the same amount of time. Last year alone, productivity rose over 8 percent in the 3rd quarter.

Even with the largest gain in productivity in years, employers continue layoffs and load more work on fewer workers. At the same time pay checks are flat lined, workers are under pressure wondering if they will see the next pink slip.

Nationally, there are more than 15 million workers unemployed, with the real figures probably closer to 21 million.

If the economy as a whole is to benefit, rising productivity must benefit not only the CEO, but must benefit the American worker. For over a decade productivity gains have not been accompanied by wage increases.

Nationally employees are constantly threatened with outsourcing, and in Maine they are told they should be grateful just to have a job while company profits are siphoned out at ten, twenty, even 60 thousand dollars an hour by the system of interlocking board directorates.

In Maine, State Employees have been aware of the rising health care premiums, for years. We have negotiated the retention of our benefits by foregoing raises. Last year the legislature listening the rabid right, said we had maintained too much, and made an attack on health care and benefits ignoring the fact that these benefits had been paid for in advance.

Our Unions and our politicians must hear us! We need those politicians we voted for to do something for the men and women working more and getting paid less. They cannot ask us to solve these financial problems alone, we have been the target of right wing idiots and talk show host for too long. We have paid enough. Our Unions must start an offensive and stop trying to pacify the right. It has never worked and it will never work.

The layers of management, contracting out, and political patronage must be the next targets. One department, OIT has laid off some contractors. This is a great first step, bad for those laid off employees but the fairest solution when there is existing talent to do the work.

These are exactly the conditions that demonstrate the need for the EFCA and strong Unions. Using collective bargaining, Unions negotiate for workers rights and fair wages and benefits. When each of us can be threatened with financial ruin only by working together can we have any power.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Narrow and Contested Victory for NUHW in California

In a narrow victory, on Friday, caregivers at Santa Rosa Memorial hospital, led by former SEIU member Sal Roselli, voted to join (NUHW) the National Union of Healthcare Workers, possibly ending a six-year struggle.

                                                Sal Roselli

The six year fight was not only between the workers and management, but was marked by protracted legal battles between SEIU and NUHW. The fight between the two million strong SEIU and the almost non-existent NUHW  drew national attention last year after political leaders and religious leaders rallied with caregivers at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, the founding order of St. Joseph Health System, which owns Memorial.

After several years and under growing pressure from the community, the hospital agreed to negotiate with workers’ representatives to establish ground rules for a free and fair union election.

It was a narrow victory, but after six years and massive efforts by SEIU the win was telling. The vote was 283 for NUHW, 263 for No Union, and 13 for SEIU.

On Friday night SEIU, as of 7:00 p.m. was trying to stop the labor board from certifying the results. In question were Seventeen ballots cast by workers not on the board’s list of eligible voters.

SEIU wants those ballots counted in case the “No Union” would be enough to trigger a runoff. 263 against, add 17, if all the votes were for “No Union”, you get 280, I am not sure how this would still not be a loss for SEIU.

If there are any labor law readers out there, please comment on how this would work.

April 2009. A majority of Memorial caregivers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for an election to join NUHW. The election was delayed more than five months to resolve “blocking charges” filed by SEIU. Thelabor board denied the charges and SEIU then gained a spot on the ballot.

The rival Unions could not reach an agreement on ground rules which delayed negotiations. During the delay, hospital management mounted an aggressive, and possibly illegal anti-union campaign.

Religious leaders, the North Bay Labor Council, and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich asked SEIU to negotiate ground rules, but were rebuffed.
NUHW has filed labor Board charges against both the hospital and SEIU. SEIU has counter charges still pending against NUHW. This won't be over quickly as SEIU sees this loss as the first dominoe in a long line.

SEIU gauged the lack of support for wearing the purple correctly and sent employees mailers and visited them constantly at home and at work, urging them not to vote for NUHW, claiming the rival Union was not in their best interest.

If this election victory for NUHW with 600 workers is certified it will have little effect on SEIU, but if next month when more than 2,300 Kaiser Permanente professionals in Southern California vote whether they want to remain with SEIU or quit and join NUHW, SEIU loses it opens the door to further pending elections that could potentially affect elections affecting up to 100,000 workers at facilities across California.

It seems such a waste of resources. We are Union members and we should have been able to negotiate something that did not lead to this internal warfare. SEIU is having continuing success in California taking on the government over furloughs, shut down days, and lay offs. Just think how much more could have been done if we could remain united.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Three More Shut Down Days, Retirement Fund Raid, and 44 Job cuts

Governor Baldacci Presents Plan to Close $438 Million Budget Gap

December 18, 2009

Governor's Office

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today released the details of his plan to close a $438 million budget gap created by declining State revenues.

“We are beginning to see signs that the economy is recovering,” Governor Baldacci said. “But unemployment remains high, consumer confidence is low, incomes are down and people remain uneasy. This national recession has been the longest and most severe since the Great Depression, and we feel it at home and at work.”

The plan closes a $209 million gap in fiscal year 2010 and a $174 million gap in fiscal year 2011 created when the Revenue Forecasting Committee revised its projections on Dec. 1. It also accounts for $25 million carried forward from fiscal year 2009. In addition, the budget appropriates $30 million for increased costs within State government.

Earlier this year, the Governor and Legislature addressed a $569 million budget gap with the passage of a revised $5.8 billion State budget. Since Dec. 1, 2008, State revenues for the current budget have been reforecast down by $1.1 billion.

With the revisions submitted today, the two-year budget will fall to $5.5 billion. Funding for education, including higher education, accounts for 50.5 percent of the General Fund. The Department of Health and Human Services, including MaineCare, represents 28.6 percent. The remainder of State government represents 20.9 percent.

“These are unprecedented times,” Governor Baldacci said. “We must balance the State budget at the same time that the recession is placing increased demands upon government to assist families in need.”

The 2010-2011 budget is the first in at least 35 years to be smaller than its predecessor. For context, in 2004 General Fund appropriations totaled $2.64 billion; in 2011, the budget is now proposed at $2.66 billion.

The Governor’s plan includes reductions across government, a placeholder for increased federal assistance and the use of one-time tools to bring the budget into balance. No tax increases, new fines or fees are included in the budget revisions.

“We must reduce spending, but government still has a responsibility to its people,” Governor Baldacci said. “While we are making significant cuts, we are also working to mitigate them by giving local governments and schools the tools to lower costs.”

The plan reduces funding for:

• K-12 and higher education;

• The Department of Health and Human Services, including rate reductions for many MaineCare service providers;

• All State departments and agencies;

• Municipal Revenue Sharing;

• Critical access hospitals by reducing the reimbursement rate from 109 percent of MaineCare allowable costs to 101 percent;

• The Legislature and Judiciary.

The plan also:

• Adds three State government shutdown days (one in FY 2010; two in FY 2011);

• Increases scrutiny of assets as part of MaineCare eligibility and reduces eligibility income levels for Circuit Breaker;

• Creates a new tax collection program to recover old debt owed to the State;

• Utilizes excess reserves to the retiree health system without impacting benefits or system solvency;

• Recognizes $13.5 million in savings from the hiring freeze implemented by the Governor and savings from lower Workers’ Comp rates;

• The Maine Department of Transportation will reorganize its workforce, making it more adaptable and flexible;

• Supports the continued consolidation of county jails and State correctional facilities through the Board of Corrections;

• Consolidates and reorganizes the workload within the mental health program in DHHS to better utilize medical staff;

• Restructures Child Development Services within the Department of Education from 15 regional sites to nine;

• Establishes a process to reorganize the four natural resource agencies (Agriculture, Conservation, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Marine Resources) and to reorganize the Department of Economic and Community Development;

• Reorganizes the bureaus within the Department of Agriculture from four to three.

“We must continue to streamline and reduce the size of State government,” Governor Baldacci said. “We cannot use limited resources to support unnecessary administration. Instead, every dollar possible should be directed toward providing services to the people of Maine. We all must recognize that we can’t afford the comfortable structures of the past. We must be willing to chart a new course.”

In addition, the plan transfers balances from Other Special Revenue accounts to the General Fund and shifts the due date or timing of payments for several State-funded programs to achieve one-time savings.

“We have used one-time tools to mitigate cuts in education, public safety and health and human services,” Governor Baldacci said. “This budget revision makes important structural changes to government that will produce ongoing savings, but it would have been much too severe to close the entire gap with cuts alone.”

In addition, the budget revisions include $3.5 million to flat-fund the Board of Corrections at 2010 levels in 2011 and $1.75 million to partially reimburse municipalities for the State share of disaster assistance.

The plan includes a $35 million placeholder for an anticipated increase in federal support for MaineCare.

“I have spoken directly to the Vice President and the White House economic team about this issue. They have assured me that this is a priority for the President,” Governor Baldacci said. “I believe our estimate is conservative, and that the President and the Congress recognize the need to extend the higher match rates originally adopted as part of the Recovery Act for at least six months. If, however, Washington does not act, I am prepared to take the necessary steps to keep the budget in balance.”

Further supporting the placeholder, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a jobs bill Wednesday night, which includes a six-month extension of the MaineCare funding, in addition to other aid to states. Negotiations are ongoing in the U.S. Senate.

The budget revisions include 44 position eliminations. Since 2003, the State government workforce has been reduced by nearly 1,000 positions, not counting approximately 150 positions that were frozen as part of a retirement incentive created in the spring.

“Unemployment is already a major concern,” Governor Baldacci said. “We worked hard to limit the number of layoffs. Unfortunately, it was necessary to increase the number of government shutdown days by three. State workers have been asked to do a lot. They’re being asked to do more.”

In the last seven years, State government has gotten smaller and more efficient.

Reduced school administrative districts, the unification of county jails and the State corrections system through the Board of Corrections, consolidation of administrative and IT functions within State government and the consolidation of the Department of Health and Human Services are saving millions of dollars for taxpayers while delivering higher quality services.

“My budget proposal includes hard choices and shared sacrifice,” Governor Baldacci said. “It’s a road we have been down before. But we have never lost sight of our core values, and we won’t lose sight of them now. We will maintain the essentials and support job growth. And when our economy begins to escape the shackles of this recession, we will be better positions for recovery.”

The text of the budget can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/budget/

The Governor’s prepared remarks for the release of the budget today follows.
Good afternoon.
We’re having these budget get-togethers a little too often.
And the news, it seems, gets a little worse every time.
As we approach the holiday season, the details of our country’s economic plight are front and center.
And the impact goes beyond the numbers and the bar graphs we’ve all become accustomed to.

Unemployment and economic uncertainty are taking an increasing toll on our economy and on our families.
It has devastated people looking for work, and hangs like a dark cloud over people who are working.
Consumers are worried about their jobs and their health care.

Businesses are moving with caution and aren’t investing.
Incomes are down.
This national recession has been the longest and most severe since the Great Depression, and we feel it at home, and at work.

Since just last year, Maine’s revenues have been re-forecast down by $1.1 billion dollars.
Most recently, projections for the rest of 2010 and 2011 were reduced by $383 million dollars.
Taken with a liability from 2009 and with increased funding demands within State government, we must close a gap of $438 million dollars in our current budget.

As I worked on developing this plan, I considered a list of priorities that would help guide my decision making.
My plan would work to lessen the impact on education, public safety and health, and our most vulnerable citizens.

Given that education and health and human services account for about 80 percent of the General Fund budget, there’s no way those areas could avoid serious reductions.
But I sought to reduce the impacts and give communities greater flexibility to reduce their costs and to focus their resources on the classroom where they do the most good.

I wish I could say we have eliminated all the hardships in this budget, but we’ve not.
There are difficult cuts, and we will have to continue our efforts to make government leaner and more efficient.

I also wanted to avoid including things in the budget that could unnecessarily hurt job creation or hamper economic recovery.
My plan does not increase taxes, fees or fines. I do not believe that working families and businesses can afford a greater burden.

I’ve always said that a good job is the best social service program, and the family is the best social service agency.
I have tried to find a path forward through these challenging times that protects both.

We are beginning to see signs that the economy is recovering, but states haven’t escaped the grips of recession.
Like Maine, more than 30 states are seeing revenues below projections for this year.

Earlier this year, Maine passed a $5.8 billion dollar two-year budget.
It was the first time in at least 35 years that a two-year State budget was smaller than its predecessor.
With the revisions I am submitting today, the budget will fall to $5.5 billion dollars.

To put that in perspective, seven years ago my first budget was about $5.4 billion dollars.
During that same time, we have increased funding for education by hundreds of millions of dollars – even though we have seen student enrollment drop by about 20,000 students.

We have restrained the rest of State government.
With today’s revisions, education spending now accounts for more than half of the General Fund of the State budget.

Health and Humans Services is 28.6 percent.
And the rest of State government is 20.9 percent.
Our priority remains our State’s children, our neighbors who need help, and public health and safety.

During these unprecedented times, we must balance the State budget at the same time that the recession is placing increased demands upon government to take care of people and families in need.

While funding for Medicaid has been held almost flat and well-below the national average for growth, the program is serving 20,000 more people.

Other programs, like food assistance and unemployment, have grown, and more and more people have fallen on hard times.

But we have no choice. We must reduce State spending further.
Today’s budget revisions include cuts across all agencies and departments in State government.
It reduces municipal revenue sharing, makes changes in provider rates, and adds three additional government shutdown days – taking the total to one per month.

The budget revisions contain a roadmap forward to achieve efficiencies through greater cooperation and consolidation of natural resource agencies.
It realigns the Department of Economic and Community Development to make the agency less centralized and more responsive.

It streamlines the delivery of Child Development Services in the Department of Education from 15 sites to nine.
The Maine Department of Transportation will reorganize its workforce, making it more adaptable and flexible.

It reduces the number of bureaus within the Department of Agriculture from four to three.
And it includes an internal consolidation within DHHS to better utilize medical staff within the mental health program.

These efforts build upon our successes in other areas.
We have already achieved increased efficiencies and savings through:
• The consolidation of the Department of Health and Human Services;
• The consolidation of administrative and IT functions within State government;
• The unification of the administration of county jails and the State corrections system through the Board of Corrections;
• And through school administrative district reform.

But we must make government more efficient.
We cannot use limited resources to support unnecessary administration.
Instead, every dollar possible should be directed toward providing services to the people of Maine.

I’ve been down this road before, and I know that change is difficult and is often met with opposition.
But we all must recognize that we can’t afford the comfortable structures of the past. We must be willing to chart a new course.

We know we can do it.

Consider the Board of Corrections.
Prior to its creation, county jail costs were growing at an average of 9 percent annually and the State adult corrections budget was growing at 5 percent.
Under the unified system, county jail budgets grew by 1.8 percent in 2009 and half of 1 percent in 2010.

Saving property taxpayers millions of dollars.
And there were even bigger reductions in the adult corrections budget.
The Board of Corrections has saved millions of dollars in state and property taxes.

And it deserves continued support, which is why my budget includes $3.5 million dollars to fund the in 2011.
With this funding, the Board can continue to make the changes necessary to keep our corrections system as a model for performance and government efficiency.

Even as we have worked to reduce costs, we have also maintained our focus on quality. All of Maine’s State prisons are highly rated and accredited by the American Correctional Association, an impressive accomplishment.

While my budget contains many difficult cuts in spending, I have also used several one-time tools to reduce the impact of closing a $438 million budget gap.
We will achieve significant budget savings by utilizing excess reserves in the retiree health plan that we have built up in earlier years.

The proposal does not threaten the solvency of the fund and will not impact retiree benefits.
We have also included a $35 million dollar placeholder for increased federal support for Medicaid.
I have spoken directly to the Vice President and the White House economic team about this issue. They have assured me that this is a priority for the President.

In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night that includes additional Medicaid funding and other assistance to states.
I believe our estimate is conservative, and that the President and the Congress recognize the need to extend the higher match rates originally adopted as part of the Recovery Act for at least six months.

If, however, Washington does not act, I am prepared to take the necessary steps to keep the budget in balance.
This is a prudent, responsible and measured approach that avoids causing unnecessary harm and anxiety.

We also will shift the due date or timing of payments for some State programs, which will help avoid worse options.
I have proposed significant ongoing budget reductions that will begin saving money now and save even more in the future.

These one-time tools are a better alternative than additional, painful cuts.
I began today talking about the impact high joblessness is having on our people and on our economy.
Unemployment is a major concern, and we have worked hard to limit the number of layoffs included in this proposal.

The budget revisions include 44 position eliminations, and also recognize $13.5 million dollars in savings from the hiring freeze I implemented.
Since 2002, the State government workforce has been reduced by nearly 1,000 positions, not counting the retirement incentive created in the spring.

We have shutdown days, and State workers have lost merit raises, longevity pay and must now contribute to the cost of their health insurance.

State workers have been asked to do a lot. They’re being asked to do more.
These men and women make easy targets for critics and skeptics alike.
But they are the police on the beat, the search and rescuers, the first responders and compassionate care givers.

They keep us safe, help to create and protect jobs, and make sure that government is working for the people.
You can talk about government in a lot of ways, but essentially it is how we, as a people, deliver upon the promises we have made to one another.

Regardless of political party, we all want a good education for our kids, to help our neighbors who are struggling and to expand economic opportunity.

Those are the basics. We have to protect them.
My budget proposal includes hard choices and requires shared sacrifice.
It’s a road we have been down before.

But we have never lost sight of our core values.
And we won’t lose sight of them now.
We will maintain the essentials, and support job growth.

And when our economy begins to escape the shackles of this recession, we will be better positioned for recovery.
We will have a leaner, more efficient government built upon a foundation of fiscal responsibility.

The days and weeks ahead will be difficult. The politics of an election year will be hard to avoid.
But I know that if we are able to put aside partisanship, as we have in the past, and focus on the job at hand, we will be able to do the work we were elected to do.

Thank you.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

We have them outnumbered, run away, run away!

Spirit of the Democratic Party

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With the economy, the Democrats playing dead for Lieberman and the near certainty that everything that brought us the Obama victory is being thrown out by the Congress I have not been posting.

The health care bill that may be passed by Congress will be nothing more than a give away to the insurance companies unless the House stands firm. Enough of the National crap.

I know giving up won't do any good. Giving up is the excuse of the weak.

I can't do anything on the national stage but what is coming down in Maine is too close and too scary to ignore.

Local issues are coming up that will affect the State, State employees, and Union members throughout the State are the coming targets again.

The governor will be Baldacci will announce his plan Friday for filling an estimated $400 million hole in the state budget, and we can expect to have the legislature trying to cut budgets and spill blood behind closed doors.

Just remember that at least two of the candidates for gov. currently in the legislature, Libby (D) and Peter (R) both stated publicly that they promised to respect the collective bargaining rights of Union employees and they both swore that no more cuts would be forced on us without coming to the table.

There are some rays of light. I know from direct knowledge that someone has started laying off contractors, not State Employees and the same work is still getting done and done less expensively.

You can help yourself. When you hear you are needed to call the legislature, to show up at a meeting of the legiscritters, don't turn your head. You, me, we, can make a difference. Don't be a no show.

They want your vote, they want your help. I don't want promises, I want to see them keep their word.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Taxing Benefits Instead Of Millionaires?

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Harry Reid,

A hero or a danger to Union benefits?  Is the Senate planning on taxing Union health care plans and letting Wall Street Millionaires off the hook?

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Truth is Out There. Whos Truth?

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This post contains large amounts of a direct mailing from NUHW, the new, or rogue, labor Union, depending on your point of view. Even though they are 180 degrees opposed to what many SEIU members believe and support the coincidence in what was done by SEIU in response to Democratic support of NUHW is the exact opposite of what was decided by the MSEASEIU. 
I expect this post to p.o. some of the people I work with, many I call friends. Open discussion can only be a friend to Union Democracy, please take this in that spirit.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The cop who saved the day is a black man, not a white woman.

The cop who saved the day is a black man, not a white woman.

More military lies or just military incompetence?

This just in from the Daily Kos

The female cop who rushed into gunfire is no less a hero, for trying, but the truth is coming out.
The real hero was a black male.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tell Limbaugh and Beck This is A Union Member

Sgt. Kimberly Munley

Sgt. Kimberly Munley is a hero, she did her job with no hesitation and risked her life to stop a massacre.
Thirteen Dead, thirty wounded at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5.

She walked into the scene and did her best, she shot the alleged assailant, Maj. Nidal Hasan, four times, and was shot in return. She is recovering from her wound and is in stable condition.

Her Union, AFGE, has a site where you can send your best wishes to Sgt. Munley. Just click here and send a Union sister a message. All messages will be collected and AFGE will deliver the messages to Munley on Friday, Nov. 20.

Munley, 34, is a member of AFGE Local 1920 and the mother of a three-year-old. She and her partner were the first to arrive at the Scene of the massacre, where Hasan allegedly opened fire.

AFGE President John Gage said Munley “acted with great heroism.”

Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, commanding general at Fort Hood, told CNN that Munley’s actions stopped Hasan cold and saved lives.

He said Munley is a “trained, active first responder” who acted quickly after she “just happened to encounter the gunman.”
Editorial comment: Officer Munley is one of ours. I wonder how Glen Beck feels about this Union member?

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Picket for Workers at Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility

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This article has been reprinted from the Local 771 MSEASEIU website. I have taken some liberty with the formatting and presentation.

No pay raise in a year, management wants to make that four years.A three year contract with no raises is management's idea of a contract offer. (I wonder if they will guarantee their rates for residents for three years?)

The workers have the support of the town and on Monday, they picketed.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Election scheduled at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in California, SEIU agrees to election after community pressure

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Tuesday, December 3, 2009

After pressure from workers, religious leaders, and the local labor council SEIU agrees to elections.

Santa Rosa, Calif.—Six months after trying to have Union elections the employees at Santa Rosa Memorial hospital get to choose between rival NUHW and SEIU-UHW or to have no Union.

The employees have been trying to form a union with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The National Labor Relations Board today scheduled the union election for Dec. 17 and 18.
SEIU has spent a great time and effort resulting in delays to this election, claiming generally that the election would be unfair to the employees.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Candidates talk with State Employees Union

Peter Mills and Libby Mitchell both promised to appoint State Employees to a commission to find cost savings in State Government

 There is more below the fold

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Horrors vs Bureauracracy

The witching season is almost here. I have heard State Employees called names, but I bet they wouldn't call this employee names.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Is It Time To Shoot the Dog?

The discussion forum copied after the highly successful AMG, http://unionmaine.informe.com, is probably in it's last days.

I wanted to provide the same type of format that the right has found so highly successful and give "the good guys" a place to talk. There were some posts, there were a lot of readers who lurked but never said anything.

You can follow the link above and read "Time to go?" and vote on whether you want a place like that to exist. This site, UnionMaine, is still successful in getting readers (I am a geek, I keep statistics) so I will continue to post here but it may be time to put the other site down.

You make the decision.

Do we shoot the dog?

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Democrats trying early for Union support

Come To Maine, See The World

October 25, 2009
Several of the prospective Democratic candidates for governor may be coming to the MSEASEIU convention next week.

Candidates will come to the Samoset resort not just to court the 8,500-dues paying members of MSEASEIU that are State employees.

They are trying to reach the large block of voters that are in other MSEASEIU locals, and the estimated 40 to 50 thousand voters that are family and friends of Union members. 

 Even though the primaries and then the “real” elections are months away, Politicians know Union members vote. 

Along with the candidates for governor several candidates for the house and the Senate are expected also. This was not a closed affair and any candidate from any party was welcome to speak.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Under Trusteeship," by Ellen Dillinger

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New Hampshire State Employees Facing Layoffs

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New Hampshire
State Employees are facing lay offs. I am feeling the hurt for our New England brothers and sisters.

Local 1984 is in action, offering help to those being laid off but what grabbed my attention today was the long term planning that has gone into their contract. When being laid off at an age where you can't retire any employee is worried about health care.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NUHW Admits Failure in San Francisco

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Some in our Union are calling to disaffiliate from SEIU, others are calling names and being hateful about what is an honest disagreement.

NUHW logo

If you want to condemn someone for their opinion then you have no place being in a Union and you have no idea of what a Democracy is.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Did Republican Senators really Vote FOR rape?

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  Thirty Republican Senators are stood up bravely in defense of rape, in defense of the bottom line.

30 White, male Republican Senators are fighting against Sen. Franken's amendment because it will hurt the bottom line and change labor law.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Public Option finding support.

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Congress is working to pass a health care bill while still trying to stay fed by the pharma lobbyists. Several polls show growing support for a government-run health plan. A public option now wins majority support from the public.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

As Maine Goes Bans Intelligent Discussion

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Scott Fish of As Maine Goes is (in my opinion) a thin skinned, cry baby, whining, hypocrite, on his good days.
Scott, reinstate Gerald and I will make it a headline post.

Today Gerald from DirigoBlue was banned from as maine goes. The thin skinned host was not able to take what he is so willing to dish out by proxy to those on his hit list.

I (the editor of UnonMaine) was previously banned from amg and was only allowed back when the password retrieval system was updated. (Warning! Geek Talk!) Obviously the new system did not inherit the properties of banned.

Please consider whether as a reader of amg who knows this site does not ban anyone whether you can support a site that can not face debate.

Today I was banned from As Maine Goes (+)

by: Gerald Weinand

Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 16:28:30 PM EDT

Today I was banned from As Maine Goes. My offense? This post to a thread I began, The new S4MM ad: more ommissions of important facts:
Aren't any of you upset that your friends Bob Emrich and Scott Fish are playing you for dupes? That they try to make Deb Allen out to be some crazed agent with an agenda, when what she really is is a teacher doing the job she was hired to do? That for the second time they trot out a teacher from a private school without identifying her as such? Haven't you all had enough of this BS?
By not providing the whole truth, Stand for Marriage Maine are lying. To you, and to every one that sees that ad. They are using some of the money you gave them to do so.
Sad, really.
While not telling his readers that I have been banned (my account has been deactivated), Scott Fish, the owner of AMG, wrote:
Gerald - How many times have I personally posted on your web site? Answer: None. How many times I have posted on your web site that you are a liar duping your site readers? Answer: None. Separate from Q1 or any other issue - I'm not, on my own web site, going to be falsely called a liar, I'm not going to have motives attributed to me that have no basis in truth or reality.
Fish (who also screens all those wanting to post there), didn't like that I had accused him of participating in attempts to deceive our fellow Mainers. But I don't think that was the entire reason - allowing me to post there was like allowing an enemy to operate behind the front lines.
And there is no way that Frank Schubert was going to allow that to continue, not when his scams are so easy to refute.
I have been expecting it, and surprised that it has taken so long. Fish is certainly welcome to post here at Dirigo Blue, much like Dan Billings does. I don't pre-screen those that want to join the conversation here.
Evidently at AMG, they only want one side to be heard.
Gerald Weinand :: Today I was banned from As Maine Goes
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I apologize to Gerald at DirigoBlue for the complete copy of his post. This violates fair use but the import of a right wing site being able to and willing to ban debate while whining about being picked on was both too important and too funny to pass up.

Gerald........I will erase this post if I have used anything in any way you disagree with. I will also post a full retraction and apology for anything you feel was inappropriate.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SEIU keeps up the fight for State Employees

This is cross posted from SEIU1000.org

 There are a lot of stories about SEIU suing California, fighting for California, and getting Congress to do something for California. SEIU has had tremendous success and put in an amazing amount of effort and money into California.

Read the rest of this post and then you write the rest of the story.

Friday, October 9, 2009

What is your pet peeve? Weekend break.

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I won't be putting up a post for a few days. I am taking a break and taking some guns to go target shooting. No, I don't put all of my targets on the right, but I can't help it if the Darwin award winners crowd to that side.

So, what would you like to hear about? Are you happy, POed, curious about politics, or Union affairs?

The next posts will be up to you. Drop a comment and pick a topic. This is my version of open line Friday, except I won't cut you off if you say something I don't like.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Was that a Fox Fair and Balanced Healthcare interview?

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In an interview with Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Fox News's Shepard Smith argued FOR a public option.

"Over the last 10 years health care costs in American have skyrocketed. Regular folks cannot afford it, so they tax the system by not getting preventive medicine,"

(Editor) Remember: Don't get sick, and if you do, die quickly. Republican Health care plan.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Should we Stay or Should we Go?

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Members of MSEASEIU have put forward a resolution to disaffiliate from SEIU.

(Defined as: to terminate an affiliation, tell them to piss off, or even break up and promise to "stay friends". 

The Resolution comittee allowed this resolution on the ballot. Will the membership get a chance to vote?
Will MSEASEIU go up in flames?

Monday, October 5, 2009

York County Workers Need Our Support. Women laid off for Union Activity

Seal of York County, Maine
I received this email tonight. We need to support our Union Brothers and sisters in York County.

Surprisingly only active Union employees have been laid off. It must be a coincidence.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

What Are State Employees And MSEA-SEIU Members Doing About The Economy?

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Union Employees in Maine live in Maine, pay taxes in Maine, and care about Maine. Any attempt to separate Union Mainers from the rest of the State is only an excuse to lie, and to deny the benefits of a good job with respect to the rest of the State.

Governments and government employees, unlike the popular image, do have ideas, good ideas to save money, to serve the public in better faster ways.

Friday, October 2, 2009


This is cross posted from an AFL-CIO E-mail. We are not alone, labor is strong and we will take this fight for our families and our friends to congress.
Thank You, to the AFL-CIO for not letting Maine or the U.S. down.

Last Wednesday nearly 50 leaders and members from locals all over the state gathered for a training on how to defeat Tabor II and the gutting of the Excise Tax. AFSCME, APWU, IAFF, IAM, IATSE, IBEW, IBT, SMWIA, UNITE HERE, USW, IAM, and others were all represented.
The turnout reflected the breadth and depth of concern among working Mainers who will be devastated if Tabor II or the Excise Tax question pass this November. Question 4 (Tabor) and question 2 (Excise Tax), if passed will strangle public services while we are in the worst economic climate since the great depression.
To fight back union leaders and members were equipped with the tools and the knowledge, at Wednesday's training to get the message out that Tabor II and gutting the Excise Tax are no good for Maine.
The highlight of the training was a teleconference presentation given by Carol Hedges of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute from Colorado. She detailed how Tabor had devastated the Colorado economy and urged Mainers to fight back. We're rejected versions of TABOR twice before it's time we finally put it down for good.
In Solidarity,
Ed Gorham, Maine AFL-CIO President
Matt Schlobohm, Maine AFL-CIO Political Director
Don't forget to Check Out the Maine  Employee Free Choice Act blog at http://employeefreechoice.typepad.com/me/ and our friends at DirigoBlue.com and http://www.unionmaine.blogspot.com/.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Republican Plan. Stay Well, Die Quickly

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Democratic Representative offers offer spinal transplant to Reid and Pelosi

Finally a Democrat with guts! I am ready to upchuck with the Democratic Party’s lack of courage and willingness to lie down for the dollars. If the Democrats lose the next elections, they will have no one to blame but themselves.

The Senate Finance committee showed us their real masters when they voted against the Public Option.

For years, the Democratic wimps and CODs (corporate owned Democrats) in congress have backed off and shown their bellies when Republicans or lobbyists call them names. The Republicans best friends in the next elections will be the Corporate Owned Democrats.