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    We have received feedback that the administration building is not perceived as equally receptive to both businesses and workers - primarily because of the nature of the mural in the lobby and the names of our conference rooms.  Whether or not the perception is valid is not really at issue and therefore, not open to debate.  If either of our two constituencies perceives that they are not welcome in our administration building and this translates to a belief that their needs will not be heard or met by this department, then it presents a barrier to achieving our mission.

    What do you want to bet that if labor (next change - workforce) came into the building and said they were offended by room names they would have been laughed out of the building?

    As far as, "If either of our two constituencies perceives that they are not welcome in our administration building and this translates to a belief that their needs will not be heard or met by this department" goes, isn't it sending the message that labor is no longer as welcome and that their needs are no longer being heard?

    The message has gone out, loud and clear, that the GOP no longer values labor, otherwise known as workers, otherwise known as most Americans, and that they are no longer important to the American economy and American business.

    They are wrong!

    The GOP has grown arrogant ever since the "activist judges" they hate so much along with right-wing politicians, have systematically dismantled any gains labor made since FDR's time, and are actively going after any restrictions against child labor, workplace discrimination, harassment, pay disparity and safety regulations.  The GOP is also so morally bankrupt that they will soon be arguing for children to be brought back into the mines because it isn't constitutional to deprive corporations of their smaller hands. The "real America" they want to go back to is the dawn of the industrial revolution and all of the misery it brought along with it.  

    But everyone has a breaking point.

    Like the people named on those doors.

    That's what really "offends" them.  They don't want to be reminded that, eventually. all tyrants must fall, be they corporations or individuals.  But pride goeth before a fall, and by all indications, this fall will be long and hard.

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 02:49:05 AM PDT

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    •  As a working-class American, I find it offensive (7+ / 0-)

      when public facilities are used to glorify business, and as we all know, government over the years has expended far more energy protecting property rights than human rights (of which labor rights are a part).  And as other posters have pointed out, this is part of an effort to wipe out workers' culture.

      IMHO it shuold be mandatory to pass at least one or two courses in labor studies in order to get a degree in "business administration".  Why not make all public facilities "equally receptive to both business and workers"?

      "I never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

      by brae70 on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 05:53:46 AM PDT

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    •  "We have received" (5+ / 0-)

      How about they identify exactly from where this "feedback" originated?  Ridiculous.

      As soon as the names are chosen, labor (read as: any worker) should come into the building and make a complaint that they no longer feel welcome in the building.  See how far it goes.

    •  Conference Room 1 (2+ / 0-)
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      Conference Room 2
      and so on would be fairly neutral.

      Of course they will probably end up with the (Pete) Peterson Room, The Koch Brothers Room, the Pinkerton room and others like that.

      I am here to represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Roar louder!

      by Josiah Bartlett on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 07:08:29 AM PDT

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