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  Triumph Of The Wal

Walmart Training Video Will Scare You Away From Evil Mean Unions Forever

Nice minimum wage job you got here. Shame if something was to happen to it.
Here is a terrifying anti-union video, mandatory viewing for all new Walmart employees, and designed to warn the Walmart neophyte away from those scary union organizers who are trying to lure unsuspecting “associates” into their evil schemes. As propaganda, it ain’t no Leni Riefenstahl, but it’s enough to do the trick, we guess. And you’ll hardly even notice that all the Genuine Walmart Associates are standing in front of green screen projections of Walmart locations. We know that some of you Wonkers never watch the videos, but this one is worth seeing, just for the sheer horror of it. If Barbara Ehrenreich could handle it, so can you. Read more on Walmart Training Video Will Scare You Away From Evil Mean Unions Forever…
  except no he is not

Senate Cafeteria Cook Is On Food Stamps, Must Be One Of Those Moochers GOP Always Talks About

Not an exact rendering of the Senate cafeteria.
There is a piece in The Guardian written by Bertrand Olotara, one of the many service workers who ensures that Congress even HAS a place in which to grandstand, or alternately, sit around and do nothing. Olotara is a cook in the Senate cafeteria, and he and his fellow workers, employees of a government contractor, are pissed off, and they are striking. You see, Olotara, who cooks every day for senators and their staffers (when they’re not eating free Taco Bell or Chick-Fil-A), is on food stamps, because he is a single father, and he can’t afford to put food on his family on the $12 an hour he is paid to shovel gruel into Ted Cruz’s wordhole: Read more on Senate Cafeteria Cook Is On Food Stamps, Must Be One Of Those Moochers GOP Always Talks About…
  Things Go Better With Koch

Scott Walker Signs ‘Right To Work’ Law So Wisconsin Can Have Fewer Rights At Work

Yes, it's 'shopped
Scott Walker signed a “Right To Work” bill into law Monday, ensuring that employees won’t have to submit to oppressive union membership, higher wages, safer workplaces, and job security anymore. Wisconsin is now the 25th state with a right-to-work with fewer rights at work law, and already the new jobs are simply flooding into Wisconsin: Read more on Scott Walker Signs ‘Right To Work’ Law So Wisconsin Can Have Fewer Rights At Work…
  He's Seen Some Things Man

Scott Walker Knows How To Beat ISIS: Slash Their Pension Benefits

ISIS is pretty much just a teacher's union with rocket propelled grenades, after all
In his speech to CPAC Thursday night, Scott Walker let America know that he’s ready to handle international relations without wasting any time on diplomacy, explaining how his experience in crushing public-employee unions makes him the perfect choice to take on international terrorism: Read more on Scott Walker Knows How To Beat ISIS: Slash Their Pension Benefits…
  letter from moscow

Hello! I, Vladimir Putin, Am Preparing To Surrender Mother Russia To Scott Walker

Look closely at the fear in Vladimir's eyes.
Greetings of day to you, illiterate Western scum! I, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, am happy to make speaking to you again here on Wonkette dot com! You have all recovered from watching of decadent movie award show, yes? Very political show this year, with talk of all the black men you have in prison and women you do not pay money to and such. Very embarrassing. At Russian Oscars, Mr. John Legend and Ms. Patricia Arquette would have been dragged out behind theater and been shot. Along with director who did not cut their microphones. Technicians who hooked up microphones. Cameramen who did not pan cameras away. Entire audience that applauded … you get picture. Read more on Hello! I, Vladimir Putin, Am Preparing To Surrender Mother Russia To Scott Walker…
  By The Sweat Of Your Browser Shall You Eat

Allen West Would Like Labor Day Honoring Robber Barons And Scabs, Please

The Ludlow Massacre -- now THAT's worth a holiday
Great American Allen West has just about HAD IT with the shallowness of American three-day-weekend holidays, especially Labor Day, which he pretends to give a good goddamn about in a column published Monday. You see, Mr. West, who used to work for the United States Army until he disgraced himself with some war crimes, and then “worked” in Congress accusing other people of being communists, and now “works” on the wingnut welfare circuit, has some thoughts about the value of hard work and what it is that we celebrate on Labor Day: Read more on Allen West Would Like Labor Day Honoring Robber Barons And Scabs, Please…
  Your morning cup of wut?

It’s Labor Day (In Case You Didn’t Know) And Other News You Can Maybe Use

If it's Sunday ... it's probably still going to suck
Everyone enjoy having the day off, except for those of you who don’t have the day off. Also, enjoy some news. Now that NBC has gotten rid of that old host of “Meet the Press” — David something? Who can remember? — the whole gang is real excited about Chuck Todd. Sundays are going to be so awesome now! Read more on It’s Labor Day (In Case You Didn’t Know) And Other News You Can Maybe Use…
  alito sucks

Supreme Court Dicks Over Unions

Hey, did you know that there were TWO decisions from the Supreme Bishops Court today? Before they announced that ‘Corporations are religious people, my friend,’ they announced a decision about unions. And we saw that unions were once again weakened: The Supreme Court ruled narrowly on Monday that some government employees do not have to pay any fees to labor unions representing them, but the court decision declined to strike down a decades-old precedent that required many public-sector workers to pay union fees. What does this mean? Let’s sadsplore.  Read more on Supreme Court Dicks Over Unions…
  cheerleaders auxiliary is a good auxiliary

Union Thugs Get Greasy Hands On College Sportsball

The National Labor Relations Board handed down a 24-page decision saying Northwestern University sportsball players are employees of the university and may form a union. Quarterback Kain Colter has been the face of the pro-unionization campaign. It’s no surprise this happened in Chicago, one of the last bastions of organized labor activity with balls. Read more on Union Thugs Get Greasy Hands On College Sportsball…
  first amendment is best amendment

Tennessee House Just Plain Doesn’t ‘Get’ This ‘Constitution’ Thing, Wants To Ban Unions From Picketing

Earlier this year, Tennessee faced the terrifying possibility that workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga might vote to unionize. And while the UAW ultimately lost the election, the wise Republicans who control the Tennessee House of Representatives know that the state needs to be vigilant. So they introduced a bill to outlaw “mass picketing” by unions, since after all Tennessee is a right-to-work-with-no-rights-at-work state. HB1688 would specifically impose criminal penalties on “any form of mass picketing activity in the context of a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute.” Congratulations, Tennessee! You get to join Idaho on the bench of state legislatures who have no idea how laws work! Read more on Tennessee House Just Plain Doesn’t ‘Get’ This ‘Constitution’ Thing, Wants To Ban Unions From Picketing…
  look for the union libel

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Will Have None Of Your Dirty American Automakers Or Their Filthy Filthy Unions

Governor Nikki Haley just wants to assure the people of South Carolina that they will never have to worry about high wages or job security, because those communist notions have no place in the Palmetto Bug State. After attending an automotive conference in Greenville, she told the Greenville News that she discourages companies from opening factories in South Carolina if they have any plans to allow unions, because she does not want any organized labor cooties getting on the state: “It’s not something we want to see happen … We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to take the water.” Funny thing she should use that expression, seeing as how loosely regulated industrial facilities in neighboring North Carolina have been slopping toxic coal ash sludge into the rivers. But environmental ruin is just one of the beautiful side effects of being a state that’s “open for business”; you can also tout low wages, crappy benefits, and fire-at-will policies, all of which make South Carolina such a paradise for jobs. Read more on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Will Have None Of Your Dirty American Automakers Or Their Filthy Filthy Unions…
  peak stupid

Former Minnesota Governor And Human Beater Upper Jesse Ventura Very Sophisticated About The Politics

Somewhere in America, there are people who still think that Jesse Ventura, who was actually elected by the people of Minnesota to act as their governor once, has important contributions to make to The National Discourse. Then again, somewhere in America, there are also people who write Small Wonder fanfiction. No, we do not want to see a Venn diagram of those groups, thank you. But in case you were wondering (and if you were, what is wrong with you?), here is what Mr. Ventura is up to these days, according to the intro of this beautifully loopy interview in Salon: he is living off the grid and broadcasting a teevee program of some kind an from an “undisclosed location” somewhere in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. We just hope he’s also eatin’ barbecued iguana. So what does Jesse Ventura think about Our Political World? A whole lot of stuff, none of it especially coherent. That alone should keep him popular with some folks, especially if he promises to promote R & D on little-girl robots. Let’s enjoy some highlights! Read more on Former Minnesota Governor And Human Beater Upper Jesse Ventura Very Sophisticated About The Politics…
  uncivil unions

Union Thugs Calling You (From Inside The House!)

Yesterday the AP dispatched a telegram on the DARPA tubes to all the nation’s leading broadsheets: The National Labor Relations Board proposed rules Wednesday that would allow unions to hold workplace elections more quickly by simplifying procedures, setting shorter deadlines and requiring businesses to hand over lists of employee phone numbers and emails to union leaders before an election. Yo Yglesias, yo Ezra, yo P-Krug, where ya at? Yo liberal blogs, you on this? Salon had it, and even managed to make it click-bait with a nice “despised by right-wingers” in the headline. Good Salon! Everybody, be more like Salon (except sometimes don’t). This is the type of stuff that everyone who’s worried about working people, their rights, and their place in public policy should be cheering. They should be saying “Actual sincere thanks, Obama!” Read more on Union Thugs Calling You (From Inside The House!)…
  Workers of Walmart Unite!

Feds Charge Wal-Mart With Labor Violations; Morose Liberals Too Busy Hating Obama To Notice

Remember when Obama was going to singlehandedly fix everything that was wrong with America, with socialism? And everyone would feel a great awakening of consciousness, and all our old hatreds would vanish, and we’d all become One in a vast field of organic fair-trade ironic mustaches? That didn’t happen, but at least the National Labor Relations Board is finally charging Wal-Mart with violating labor laws!  Read more on Feds Charge Wal-Mart With Labor Violations; Morose Liberals Too Busy Hating Obama To Notice…
  hellfireside chats

Sundays With The Christianists: American History Books That Expose FDR’s Socialist Agenda

Last week, we learned that the Great Depression was caused by government regulation of free enterprise, and that while it was a tad uncomfortable for some, there was no need for any government interference in the wonderful job that private charities were doing to help people. Or at least, that’s how the Great Depression unfolds in the pages of our eighth-grade textbook from A Beka, America: Land I Love. This week, we’ll once again make only occasional mention of our other textbook, the 11th/12th-grade United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001), because while it’s got a definite conservative slant, it at least resembles reality. Land I Love, on the other hand, stops just short of saying Franklin Roosevelt was a commie, and certainly reminds kids at every turn that the New Deal should be seen as “a big step into socialism” and that FDR’s policies were unnecessary interference in an economy that wasn’t really all that bad anyway. Now that grandparents who lived through the Depression are no longer around to pollute the kids’ awareness with any firsthand accounts, it’s relatively easy to feed them a straight diet of rightwing revisionist bullshit. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Books That Expose FDR’s Socialist Agenda…
  eviscerate the proletariat!

Conservatives Turn Out In Support Of Poor Beleaguered Rapacious Fast Food Corporations

Over at Michelle Malkin’s Twitter Dump for Adderall Deficient Jackanapes, the wingnuts are having a giant happy because fast food workers across the nation are striking for a living wage, which gives the knuckle-dragging cholesterol bombs of the right an excuse (as if they needed one) to patronize every McDonalds and Hardees from sea to shining sea for every meal they eat today. Because the hell with Big Labor thugs or fast food employees not having to sell their bodily organs to pay the bills! Workers are demanding a minimum wage of $15, which doesn’t sound so unreasonable to us, but we’re giant Marxists who think people should not have to work two jobs just to afford the rent on a single room in one of those long-term occupancy hotels where the front-desk clerk sits behind bulletproof glass. Obviously this might impinge on your average Mickey D’s ability to run its Dollar Menu promotion on the regular, so you wingnuts will just have to pay a little more for the privilege of gobbling those artery-clogging Big Macs when you take your spouses out for Date Night. Cry us a fucking river. Read more on Conservatives Turn Out In Support Of Poor Beleaguered Rapacious Fast Food Corporations…
  Terrizm!

Washington Times Op-Ed: Investigating Scott Walker Based On Leads From Six Criminal Associates Is ‘Political Terrorism’

Judson Phillips is known to your Wonkette as a guy who once wrote that Barack Obama just might be a crack-smoking gay sexer, which was fun. Now he’s got some words in the Washington Times (yeah but still) about how the current criminal probe into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Forever Campaign (because he is always being recalled) is “political terrorism,” and the Bush-backed special prosecutor on the case is a “political terrorist.” Ha… ha? See, Scott Walker had some friends who worked for him and/or gave him money, and now those folks  have been convicted of various crimes, so sad! Bad friends that they are, they’ve allegedly said some things that amount to: “Scott Walker’s campaign did such and such crimes.” None of this is mentioned in Judson’s column of course, because shut up, it’s political terrorism something something gay marriage. Read more on Washington Times Op-Ed: Investigating Scott Walker Based On Leads From Six Criminal Associates Is ‘Political Terrorism’…
  the gilded rage

Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Junior Strikebreakers

This week, we’ll be looking at our Christian textbooks’ coverage of the labor movement in the 19th century — a focus that seems especially timely on a weekend when striking BART workers in San Francisco are suspending picketing after two track workers were killed in an accident. 130 years ago, an accident like that in the middle of a strike might have triggered riots, which would then be an excuse to bring in armed strikebreakers; today, it’s cause for a candlelight vigil. So, progress, maybe. (And of course, the current strike has no shortage of voices calling for the banning of public employee unions, because Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.) Surprisingly, both of the Christian textbooks we’re reviewing acknowledge that there were actual problems caused by rapid industrialization following the Civil War. Our 11th/12-grade text from Bob Jones University Press, United States History for Christian Schools, emphasizes that industrialization raised standards of living, but also admits there was a human cost to industrialization. Although they had been accustomed to working long hours on farms, workers found that six twelve-hour days or more could be trying when combined with other factors such as unsafe factories and wage cuts. Hard times also brought war widows and children into the factories in order to make ends meet, further burdening the problems of the labor system. But don’t worry, despite this almost heretical admission that not all was well, the book very quickly shifts to blaming unions for violence and unrest. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Junior Strikebreakers…
  they'll fix you. they fix everything

Motor City Has Car, Jackson Five Records Repossessed

After decades of declining population, factory closures, middle-class flight to the suburbs, and a shrinking tax base, Detroit filed for bankruptcy Thursday, leading to uncertainty about how the city will continue to provide essential services and meet its commitments to retirees — nah, just kidding, it doesn’t have to do any of that. Somehow, the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history was absolutely necessary even as the stock market is hitting record highs, corporate profits are also booming, and the auto industry is coming back from the financial crash. Even the GM bailout has turned out pretty well, and is set to return $1 billion to the Treasury from the sale of the government’s GM stock. So obviously, the Detroit bankruptcy is the fault of greedy unions. Read more on Motor City Has Car, Jackson Five Records Repossessed…
  Invisible hand gives visible finger

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Preps For 2016 White House Run By Proving Government Can’t Do Anything Right

Man, anti-union free market capitalism ain’t what it used to be. A few years ago, rightwing hero and prolific union-h8r Scott Walker soared into the governorship of Wisconsin with the slogan, “Wisconsin Is Open for Business.” Within a few months, he was wiping corporate jizz off his chin after ramming through right-to-work legislation and sticking it to the unions. After surviving a recall election, just how is business doing in Wisconsin? Since he [Walker] took office, his state has fallen from 11th to 44th in job creation. What’s the deal, businesses? Didn’t you see the big sign saying Wisconsin was open for business? Why are you all “wham-bam-dick-over-the-unions-thank-you-ma’am” to Scott Walker? But just because Scott Walker will fail miserably at his promise to bring hundreds of thousands of jerbs to Wisconsin doesn’t mean he is a total failure. Surely there is some good news, right?   Read more on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Preps For 2016 White House Run By Proving Government Can’t Do Anything Right…