Committees on House Education and Labor, Science and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming are the first four Congressional Committees to join Twitter.
Originally posted on Joe's Union Review
Sorry about the long introduction/overview of Twitter, figured some of my readers aren't familiar with it, or as I posted on Reddit "figured some of my readers wouldn't know what it was, I'm still trying to figure it out..."
I was feeling a little bad that my last post here about the new petition that ask's Keith Olberman to help the McDonald's hero getting screwed for $300,000 by being denied Worker's Compensation dropped like a rock the other day. Taking into account that it was the same day that President Obama made his Congressional address, with a Mr.Rodger's impersonator trying to attempt a rebuttal(oh, man I just wanted to break my TV) and Hilda Solis was finally, after the Repug's distractions of 66 days, confirmed as The Secretary Of Labor of The United States, I guess I kinda understood. Dropping like a rock should have been expected.
But, I'm back. Back with a little quip that made me feel good.
You asked for Keith Olberman to help the McDonald's hero being denied worker's compensation by McDonald's. This was not lost to the folks over at Brandmakers international. You asked for it you got it.
This is a update on "McDonald's refuses workers compensation for shooting victim: Be a hero on your own time"
Basically I put together another article for my site. I give an introduction to the grass roots workers advocacy organization Brandmakers International, who they are and what they do, I then get into the components of the what being a hero is all about, next is a little problem I have with those of us out there who are galvanized to the corporate protocol, who state "he should have just called 911", I added a little on why exactly corporations seem inherently evil, how although most food chains are getting killed and McDonald's sales have skyrocketed, and close with information about why we need, we need Keith Olberman to help out a hero. With the petition for Keith asking him to help.
"They do everything they can not to pay a client. That's what we have here. They just try to get out of paying any way they can," - Haskett’s attorney Philip Wilson.
McDonald’s employee Nigel Haskett sprung into action when he noticed a woman getting smacked in the face in the Arkansas store where he was working. Haskett can be seen in the video throwing the attacker out of the store. Moments later Mr. Haskett returned into the store and collapsed. He was shot several times and needed emergency medical attention.
Nigel Haskett won his fight for life after amassing $300,000 in medical bills. District Judge Lee Munson, who adjudicated the the criminal proceedings, called Haskett a hero. Judge Munson and his reporter felt so strongly that they each donated $100 to a fund being set up for Mr.Haskett. By all judicial rulings nationally thus far Mr. Haskett should have had his medical bills covered by Workers Compensation, but even though Mickey D's has received the good-will benefit of Mr.Haskett's actions, the insurance carrier is refusing to pay for the required medical attention he needed, and even though the franchise owner is not contesting his claim, McDonald's corp isn't lifting a finger to help him.
A discussion on the end of retirement with dignity and what we can do to stop it, this Monday night here in New York. All are invited.
This is a response I wrote to the ignorant mob over at the Newsvine on a story entitled "Labor unions get boost from Boeing strike", where in the first sentence the author states that the Boeing strike has:
given a shot in the arm to a weakening organized labor movement in America.
I had to remind him about his choice of wording and respond to the anti-union views I read in the comment's, here's what I had to say:
Cross-posted at Joe's Union Review
CLICK HERE! To send your message to Gap Clothing!
Wake up people, we can't just let shit like this go anymore!
From The Teamsters website:
On Oct. 21st. Teamsters rappelled down the side of a building adjacent to The Gap’s headquarters in San Francisco to bring attention to the company’s support of union-busting freight firm Oak Harbor Freight Lines.
They were forced out on strike due to gross violations of US labor law
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Here's a printable poster for all of our stubborn middle class friends who need pictures.
OOPPSSSS! I made a critical calculating error, I would actually be out $14,000 pre-taxed dollars- $2,500 tax credit, so for the plan I have now, I would lose $11,500, and in my 25% tax bracket, that means I would have to make $14,000+ more dollars before taxes
In truth, no lessons are learned unless those responsible are held accountable
At last nights Central Labor Council meeting in New York, the delegate of the Operating Engineers Local 94, the men and women who maintain the technological and environmental machinery in our superstructures, was explaining how badly he felt while running around the city trying to find positions for his displaced workers in the Lehman Brothers building. This one firm going out of business is like stabbing a knife in the hearts of over 25,000 working families in New York.
Likewise, restructuring of the insurance giant AIG, who is the sole insurer on the construction project I am currently on, could potentially grind many construction sites to a dead halt. It's not very good news for anyone who relies on New York City for employment.
I am a proud union construction member. Recently, the mother organization of all the construction unions, The Building And Constructions Trades Council of the AFL-CIO, has released a couple of videos that help me explain to fellow workers, why they should vote for Barack Obama.
Many times when I am on a jobsite, as I am kinda, sorta known as an informed union member, I get asked questions about politics, as in the "who are you voting for?'
I really hate that question, as ,my initial idea when getting active in labor was to avoid the political end of it, but unfortunately, labor movement is politics.
So I usually wind up avoiding all the BS that my constituents ingest in the Main Stream Media and return their questions with a question of my own.
that question is "What is the most important thing in life?"
I couldn't think of a more fitting Labor day story:
The very first Wal-Mart workers in the entire North American continent have settled their first contract, Their pay has went up $2.49 an hour
More Bush anti-worker legislation, this time an Executive Order, which will make it harder for workers to join a union.