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“Democrats” in Democratically-Controlled Rhode Island Move to Quash $15 Wage Increase for Hotel Workers

Ah yes,the power of money:

Democrats donkey

Following Seattle and other cities, Rhode Island’s Providence City Council voted unanimously Thursday to place a $15 minimum wage referendum on the ballot. The measure applies only to large hotels, and polling suggests that it would pass at the ballot box with votes to spare. Just one problem: The state’s Democratic leadership is poised to prevent that vote from ever happening.

“I’m really surprised,” said Providence City Councilmember Carmen Castillo, to see “Democrats attack the minimum wage.” Castillo is an Omni hotel housekeeper and an activist with the hospitality union UNITE HERE Local 217, the group that pushed the council to advance the referendum. (Full disclosure: I worked for UNITE HERE in California and Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2011.) Just hours after Castillo and her colleagues voted to do so, the Rhode Island House quashed their effort by passing a budget that would ban cities from going beyond the state minimum wage. That budget is expected to pass in the State Senate and to be signed by Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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This kind of thing makes me feel two ways:  (1) Like I want to drop out and tune out, and (2) Furious such that I want to get involved and help get rid of every single “Democrat” like this there is.

June 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM Leave a comment

What is a Temporary Worker?

This post at ProPublica struck me like a bolt of lightening:  Temp Worker Regulations Around the World.

The thing that hit me straight up the side of my head was the notion that many countries have defined what “temporary worker” means.  Ah, yeah.  That should be defined.  What’s “temporary?”

To some countries it means someone who works a year, to some it means three or five.  Yet the United States is mum on that, meaning that businesses everywhere define workers as “temporary” on infinitum and thus screw them out of raises and benefits.

This is happening, of course, because corporations own the U.S. government but seriously, what a simple concept.  What is “temporary?”  To fail to define that means “temporary” is permanent.

Here’s more.  The higher the bar, the better the protections.  The U.S. is the blue bar, third from left.

ProPublica re worker protections

(Image via ProPublica on Twittier)

Larger version here.

The United States has some of the weakest labor protections for temp workers in the developed world. Other countries have adopted regulations limiting the length of temp assignments, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work and restricting companies from hiring temps for hazardous tasks. Here, we map out how countries compare based on data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which produces research on behalf of the world’s industrialized nations.

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I wish it were that Washington worked for We the People instead of the corporatocracy.

June 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM Leave a comment

This Says It All As to Why VA Voters Were So Sick of Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor forgot who he was working for.  If Brat wins, he probably will too.

Cantor v. Brag Campaign Spending

(Image via MarketPlace.org)

Here’s more:  Dave Versus Goliath, by the Numbers.

I think we’re all upset by this.

June 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM 2 comments

24 Hours Before Tracy Morgan Crash, U.S. Senate Voted to Relax Trucker Rest Rules

Here’s the latest on the awful crash that killed one man and critically injured three others, including comedian Tracy Morgan:

Truckers

The truck driver who caused a six-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and critically injured three others, including comedian Tracy Morgan, had not slept for 24 hours according to the complaint charging him with vehicular homicide.

The complaint charges that Kevin J. Roper, 35, of Georgia, was driving his tractor-trailer on the Turnpike in Cranbury early Saturday morning, “ without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours” before he struck the 2012 Mercedes van carrying Morgan, 45, who is in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

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By the way, the trucker was driving a WalMart/Sam’s Club rig.  Given WalMart’s reputation for horrible working conditions, I hate to think what kind of pressure he was working under.

Anyway, lookie here at what the United States Senate did last Thursday:

A Senate panel on Thursday approved an amendment that would nullify some of the federal rest requirements for truck drivers.

The amendment, which was opposed by the Obama administration and safety advocates, rolls back a requirement that drivers be given time off during specific hours of the night. The “restart requirements” were enacted in 2013 to reduce fatigue among drivers.

Specifically, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-9 to rescind portions of the rules that require truck drivers to take breaks between 1 and 5 a.m. on consecutive nights before they can work again. The amendment would also undo a rule that limits truck drivers to declaring only one “restart” per week.

The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has been sharply criticized by transportation safety groups for the effort to change the rules.

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Lawmakers were under pressure from the trucking industry and business groups to eliminate the 1 to 5 a.m. requirement and the one-restart-per-week limit because the industries said the rules resulted in drivers having to take two full days off between shifts, in some cases.

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Shameful.

 

June 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM Leave a comment

So-Called Democrats in Montana Refuse to Include the Words Climate Change in Their Platform

coal Mine via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Democrats in Montana who are (1) owned by the oil and gas industry or  (2) who suffer from Stockholm Syndrome and are to immature to know it and too terrified to get therapy to overcome it have got to go:

BUTTE – While the Obama administration is churning out rules to limit greenhouse gases that cause climate change, Montana Democrats on Friday resisted placing the words “climate change” in their party platform.

“We can sit here and talk about what we believe here as Democrats,” said Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte, who argued against mentioning the costs of climate change in the platform. “I believe in the (coal) workers who work in eastern Montana, too.

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A party platform committee considered the change, which would have said the party believes in protecting the environment rather than burdening future generations with the “extraordinary costs of climate-change-caused” effects, but voted against adding the climate change language.

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Short-sighted, uninspired, backward-looking idiots chained to the coal lobby:  A huge majority of Americans support regulating carbon from power plants. And they’re even willing to pay for it.

Do they have kids?  Grandkids?

We need LEADERS.

 

 

 

 

June 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM Leave a comment

Why Hillary Clinton is By No Means a Shoe-In in My Book

Hillary Clinton via Department of State

(Image via U.S. Department of State)

From David Corn over at Mother Jones magazine:

Hillary Clinton’s Goldman Sachs Problem  —  She talks populism, but hobnobs with Wall Street

A few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton delivered a much-touted policy speech at the New America Foundation in Washington, where she talked passionately about the financial plight of Americans who “are still barely getting by, barely holding on, not seeing the rewards that they believe their hard work should have merited.” She bemoaned the fact that the slice of the nation’s wealth collected by the top 1 percent—or 0.01 percent—has “risen sharply over the last generation,” and she denounced this “throwback to the Gilded Age of the robber barons.” Her speech, in which she cited the various projects of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation that address economic inequality, was widely compared to the rhetoric of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the unofficial torchbearer of the populist wing of the Democratic Party. Here was Hillary, test-driving a theme for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, sticking up for the little guy and trash-talking the economic elites. She decried the “shadow banking system that operated without accountability” and caused the financial crisis that wiped out millions of jobs and the nest eggs, retirement funds, and college savings of families across the land. Yet at the end of this week, when all three Clintons hold a daylong confab with donors to their foundation, the site for this gathering will be the Manhattan headquarters of Goldman Sachs.

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This is a case of actions speaking louder — way louder — than words.  I don’t trust her.

 

June 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM Leave a comment

Oops: GOP Rep. Mark Amodei (NV) Happy About Bowe Bergdhal’s Release Until He Gets the Memo

You know the saying:  If you post something on the Internets it’s going to be there forever.  Too bad House Republican Mark Amodei of Nevada didn’t get the memo about how he should be really, really mad at President Obama for rescuing Bowe Bergdhal before he posted this now-deleted tweet.  It was up for 15 hours before it was deleted at 10:19 a.m. on June 1.

Mark Amodei Tweet via Politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com

Yikes, big OOPS there.

Gee.  I wonder if we can take anything from this as in maybe — ya think? — the conservative media blitz we’re living through right now is all about hating on Democrats and the 2014 election?

Nah.  They’d never do that.  They care about creating jobs, jobs, jobs, right?

Thanks to Politwoops (deleted tweets from politicians).

Oh, and there’s this inconvenient fact which I’m sure you’re hearing and reading everywhere as we speak:  White House first discussed Bergdahl prisoner exchange with lawmakers in 2011

 

 

June 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM Leave a comment

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