Tag Archives: unions

  quiet rooms

McDonald’s Employee Excited to Be Earning Minimum Wage After 20 Years On the Job

Time is money, you guys, and money is time (as well as speech) which is why this nice McDonald’s worker would have to work for ONE MILLION HOURS to make as much as the McDonald’s CEO did in 2011 alone. The CEO’s time is just that much more valuable, so the Market has put a fair price on his time, because the Market is infallible. Also, if this nice McDonald’s employee wants to make more than minimum wage (which he still earns after 20 years with the company) he should have found a way to make his labor more profitable, and also too, to not look or smell like he works at McDonald’s, because the stink of the proletariat is too disgusting for management to bear. Read more on McDonald’s Employee Excited to Be Earning Minimum Wage After 20 Years On the Job…
  the michigan mishigas

Michigan Pundit Bloviating On ‘Right-To-Work’ Is Newspaper Union Freeloader, Imagine That

Every so often, in the midst of a great controversy, a very special column must be written. This column must be so earnest and serious and high-minded that it literally says nothing substantial about the issue at hand. It is a sacred piece of journalistic opinion that absolves the best people of the burden of thinking about the contentious issue at hand or its serious real world consequences for thousands of people. Truly, this is punditry’s highest calling — as the intellectual lubricant for the gears of our dysfunctional status quo. The vital task of writing this column about Michigan’s Right to Work law fell to Detroit Free Press business editor and feckless, brown-nosing hack Tom Walsh. Wonketteers will instantly recognize Walsh’s style as that of a second-rate Richard Cohen, if that second-rate Richard Cohen was stuck at a local Gannett daily. The governor’s signature Tuesday on a package of right-to-work bills passed by the Legislature the same day will not trigger a stampede of companies rushing into Michigan to invest and create jobs, as proponents claim. Nor, however, is right-to-work some heinous abrogation of human rights that will be a death knell for labor unions, as opponents wail. So why all the fuss? Read more on Michigan Pundit Bloviating On ‘Right-To-Work’ Is Newspaper Union Freeloader, Imagine That…
  let them eat stock

Union Thugs Terrorize Michigan Cops’ Pepper Spray Canisters, With Their Faces

“Protestors stormed the Michigan capital yesterday on Thursday, prompting the police to use pepper spray,” says the police stenographer reporter over a video of people walking around in a fairly orderly fashion as they chant hey HEY, ho HO, et cetera cetera, like common terrifying thugs. Sadly, Pepper Spray Cop did not see fit to give any “food product” to the fellows from the Koch Brothers’ “grassroots” Americans for Prosperity, who broadcast old Gipper speeches for the education and benefit of the union president’s brothers. Read more on Union Thugs Terrorize Michigan Cops’ Pepper Spray Canisters, With Their Faces…
  union thugs

Walmart: What’s Good For Walmart Is Good For Country, The Children

Walmart workers are threatening to strike on Black Friday and we at Wonkette couldn’t be happier because we are elitist liberals who do not shop at Walmart. But do not worry, Real Americans, you will not lose your Twinkies AND your big box retailer all in one week, because Walmart is NOT GOING TO TAKE IT. Read more on Walmart: What’s Good For Walmart Is Good For Country, The Children…
  journamalism

‘The Atlantic’ Finds Hostess’s Real Victims: Private Equity Guys Who Will Probably Lose Their Investment

Now that the Hostess closure has begun to affect all of us, Jordan Weissman of The Atlantic will discuss what’s really important here, namely: whose fault it is. And duh, of course it was not the Bain-style “private equity” managers for loading the shitty snack cake company up with debt and then legitimately raping it with management fees; no, it is only their fault for making “poor decisions,” mostly the decisions to only slash union workers pay “a lot” instead of “maquiladora-style.” Read more on ‘The Atlantic’ Finds Hostess’s Real Victims: Private Equity Guys Who Will Probably Lose Their Investment…
  in your heart you know she's wrong

Ann Romney Still Horrible

Ann Romney, who campaign officials claim is the kinder, warmer, more approachable half of the nation’s premier battery-powered couple, recently revealed to Good Housekeeping magazine that the issue “closest to her heart” is “bringing real change to our educational system,” a system with which Ann first became familiar while serving as, in her words, “First Lady of a State” (sounds fancy) at the tender age of 52, after her children were safely out of reach of the evil public school teachers’ covens/unions. Long story short, guys, Ann is now basically a Ph.D. in “what happens to people’s lives if they don’t get a proper education” like she and everyone she marries, raises, or sponsors in the Olympics did! Read more on Ann Romney Still Horrible…
  take your cheese and shove it

Small Businessman Built That, Sits On Throne Of Non-Union Lies

Last month, an African-American businessman named Calvin Hunter wrote a column for a website called Canada Free Press. He wrote about why, after spending his whole life a loyal Democrat, he now hates the Rotten Horrible Democrat Party. We know about this because Allen West told us about it on the tweeter yesterday, in case we did not spend a lot of time on websites that claim things such as Huma Abedin really being a terrorist plant. This one isn’t about Evil Islam though — it’s about discrimination, and West said it was “why more black Americans are leaving the Democrat party,” and it is definitely not petulant ramblings from a guy in a lime green hat, and is most certainly not a big giant fibbity fib fib. Read more on Small Businessman Built That, Sits On Throne Of Non-Union Lies…
  in this alternate economy superman is evil

Wall Street Journal Has New Theory About Alternate Economies, Universes, That Is Not Stupid at All

It is very confusing to keep up with conservative economic talking points philosophy, because one minute they’re all “deficits don’t matter!” and then a couple years later they turn around and decide that deficits will ruin the U.S. economy, unless the deficit came from tax cuts for the wealthy job creators, in which case they actually don’t matter anymore and might even be GOOD for the economy maybe! And even though conservatives used to yammer on about competition and the free market, Daniel Henninger at the Wall Street Journal has broken it to us that competition is bad too! But only if it’s between the “public economy” and the “private economy,” which we are pretty sure is a completely made up distinction that means absolutely nothing. Anyway, the  history of the “public economy” has something to do with Medicare, JFK, and the Voting Rights Act, and if Barack Obama wins in 2012 then the public economy will win and THEN the U.S. will no longer be the Greatest Country on Earth. Read more on Wall Street Journal Has New Theory About Alternate Economies, Universes, That Is Not Stupid at All…
  new column!

Sunday With Jamie Kilstein And The Lord: God Is Dead, Scott Walker Lives

Scott Walker kept his seat and Ray Bradbury died last week, proving once and for all the world is a horrible place, and that if there is a God, he’s dead. God is dead. Now that it’s been a few days and we are done mourning (because a new episode of The Killing is on tonight!), let us look back and examine just who this low-life dribble of accident cum Scott Walker is! Join me!! Scott Walker is the Hosni Mubarak of Wisconsin. Granted, Mubarak was appointed after his predecessor was gunned down, and Walker was voted in, but I like to pretend the good people of Wisconsin would never have done such a thing. Someone must have been shot, right? Right! So Scott Walker comes into town as this sort of vacant idiot, and like all bullies do, realizes he needs to take a manly stance of some sort. In prison, to prove you are tough, you are supposed to find the biggest guy on day one and knock him out. To prove you are a tough guy as a Republican, you need to find the smallest or most isolated minority group and punch them in their tiny oppressed faces. Since hitting a child was out of the picture, he decided to crack down on unions, which most people didn’t even think exist anymore. Way to hold truth to power, asshole. Read more on Sunday With Jamie Kilstein And The Lord: God Is Dead, Scott Walker Lives…
  idiots

Illiterate Scott Walker’s Illiterate Tweet Removed By Staffers

Wisconsin Kochsuckler Scott Walker was so excited to get some time off for Thanksgiving, before he is recalled for being a giant jerkoff and also making Wisconsin number one in job losses. (How’s that “Wisconsin Is Open For Business” slogan working out, Walker?) The governor apparently typed the charmingly idiotic message pictured above all by himself, with whatever thumb wasn’t in his mouth. And then it was removed, presumably by his embarrassed staffers, who will soon be unemployed like everyone else in Wisconsin, the end. Read more on Illiterate Scott Walker’s Illiterate Tweet Removed By Staffers…
  fat armchair surfing fools

Newt Gingrich To America’s 15.7 Million Poor Kids: Get a Job

Sure, everyone knows that the problem with poor adults is that they refuse to just JUST GET A JOB ALREADY, GOD, but did you know that drooling millionaire tool Newt Gingrich has expertly deduced that this is also the problem with America’s swelling ranks (one in five these days, by the latest report) of hobo kiddies? Why are there are so many able-bodied 11-year-olds always trying to attend school for free, on the government dime? Maybe they need to try working for once in their lives, as school janitors, say? Read more on Newt Gingrich To America’s 15.7 Million Poor Kids: Get a Job…
  take your ball and go home

Tea Party Dingbats Vow To Pretend To Stop Hiring Jobseekers

As infamous walking cue-ball “Joe the Plumber” proved in 2008, America is top-loaded with dubiously employed gasbag wingnuts who believe they are the economic equals of the Koch Brothers. Each near-bankrupt sole proprietor of a drywall-hanging home-based business that hasn’t had any work since 2007 is now threatening to “stop job creation” because of the people protesting the banks. What happens when the teabaggers “go Galt” and nobody notices? Read more on Tea Party Dingbats Vow To Pretend To Stop Hiring Jobseekers…
  fyi

Live Occupy Wall Street Video of Today’s Big Labor/Liberal Protests

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com From the Official Ocupados’ website, here’s the list of today’s unions and such: AFL-CIO (AFSCME) United NY Strong Economy for All Coalition Working Families Party TWU Local 100 SEIU 1199 CWA 1109 RWDSU Communications Workers of America CWA Local 1180 United Auto Workers United Federation of Teachers Professional Staff Congress – CUNY National Nurses United Writers Guild East VOCAL-NY Community Voices Heard Alliance for Quality Education New York Communities for Change Coalition for the Homeless Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) The Job Party NYC Coalition for Educational Justice The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center The New Deal for New York Campaign National People’s Action ALIGN Human Services Council Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State Citizen Action of NY MoveOn.org Common Cause NY New Bottom Line 350.org Tenants & Neighbors Democracy for NYC Resource Generation Tenants PAC Teachers Unite Read more on Live Occupy Wall Street Video of Today’s Big Labor/Liberal Protests…
  america fuck yeah

Whole Lot of Unions Joining NYC Wall Street Occupation

The hundreds of hardcore Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting a whole bunch of new moral and physical support support starting today, as all kinds of big unions and professional liberal groups finally start showing up. The AP reports: Read more on Whole Lot of Unions Joining NYC Wall Street Occupation…
  teabagger poetry

Minnesota State Legislator Email Compares Unions With Hitler, Castro

Taking the peg up a notch in Scott-Walker-style ire toward constituents, Minnesota State Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-Cedar) did not like an email he got from a unionized constituent asking him not to vote for massive budget cuts that would affect Minnesota families. So he dashed off a reply letter containing an illiterate revisionist history lesson of sorts demanding to both know how this voter gets her propaganda and telling her that unions are communist, Hitler blamed the Jews and Castro blamed the rich people, and they both killed people. It could also have been someone using Hackbarth’s account, but the representative will not respond to anybody asking him, “what the hell was that?” The proposed budget cuts are a tense issue currently leading the state toward a government shutdown, which makes us excited to see what sort of stone cold insanity comes out of the federal budget fight later this year. Read more on Minnesota State Legislator Email Compares Unions With Hitler, Castro…
  outstanding democracy performer

Famous Progressive Scott Walker Declares ‘Employee Recognition Day’

Uh oh, progressive governor Scott Walker would like to say “thank you” to the men and women who work in public service. That can’t be good. He wants you to send him the names, personal contact information, and places of work of certain state employees. So he’s finally finished those gas chambers he was working on, huh? Read more on Famous Progressive Scott Walker Declares ‘Employee Recognition Day’…
  it's morning in america

Florida Governor Desperately Wants To Be Scott Walker, Fails Miserably

Republican governors are deeply envious of union-bustin’ blowhard Scott Walker and all of his delicious campaign Koch-tributions. Especially Florida governor Rick Scott! Sometimes Rick Scott fantasizes about skinning Scott Walker and then making a body suit out of the skin, so that he can have something nice to wear for important occasions (like the Royal Wedding)! That’s how badly Rick Scott wants to be Scott Walker. And Rick Scott has tried — and repeatedly failed — to emulate all of Walker’s union-busting victories: He recently threatened to veto the budget if it didn’t include $2.4 billion in cuts to corporate income taxes and fees. (His malicious threats didn’t end up working, though!) And now there’s this: Rick Scott was unable to pass a bill that would have banned public employee unions from “using automatic payroll deduction to collect dues.” These are not the kinds of results that the Kochs are looking for. Poor Rick Scott. [Miami Herald via McClatchy] Read more on Florida Governor Desperately Wants To Be Scott Walker, Fails Miserably… Read more on Florida Governor Desperately Wants To Be Scott Walker, Fails Miserably…
  it's morning in america

Scott Walker Admits Union-Busting Bill Will Save Wisconsin Zero Dollars

Remorseless gasbag Scott Walker visited our nation’s swamp capital yesterday, and somehow found time to testify in front of Congress and strip the cherry blossoms of their collective blossoming rights. As expected, Walker wowed the crowd with all his fancy Koch-ing points, bragging that Wisconsin’s “collective bargaining reforms save local governments more than $700 million each year.” Hey bro, Dennis Kucinich has a quick question for you: how much actual “money” will Wisconsin save by stripping government workers of their collective bargaining rights? Jesus, take the wheel! “That particular part doesn’t save any,” Walker replied, not caring at all that he claimed the exact opposite only a few minutes earlier. Facts are stupid things. [ThinkProgress] Read more on Scott Walker Admits Union-Busting Bill Will Save Wisconsin Zero Dollars… Read more on Scott Walker Admits Union-Busting Bill Will Save Wisconsin Zero Dollars…
  shoot the apple grubbers!

Michigan GOP Looking To Revoke All Teachers’ Licenses If They Strike

Michigan Republicans came in a little late to Wisconsin’s union-arson party, but they’re uncovering innovative new ways to wage war on their state’s working population. Today’s weapon: a plan to revoke the teaching license of the state’s educators if their unions go on strike at any time. Under existing law, teachers aren’t even legally allowed to go on strike, but it’s rarely enforced. Not because there’s anything wrong with a state putting its citizens on trial because they protested something; because it’s costly to hold hearings for each individual teacher. But under the new legislation, Michigan could ban its entire workforce of teachers from the profession if they all decide to strike over Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed cuts. Yeah, that will teach those evil teachers a lesson about trying to hurt the education of our children! Now nobody will be able to teach the kids of Michigan! Oh, wait. Read more on Michigan GOP Looking To Revoke All Teachers’ Licenses If They Strike…
  it's morning in america

GOP Hack Suggested Using False-Flag Attacks To Discredit WI Unions

Lady Liberty cried quietly in her room with a pint of chocolate ice cream after hearing that an Indiana prosecutor and GOP activist sent USDA certified organic asshole Scott Walker a friendly email, urging him to “employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you),” so that Walker could “discredit the unions.” Yes, Scott Walker should burn down the state house or maybe even shoot himself in the face and then blame it on the Reds. Hoochie mama! The email’s alleged author, Carlos F. Lam, says that he is the victim of a malicious false flag e-attack, and that he couldn’t have written that email because he was “minivan-shopping with his family when the email was sent.” Recall that Scott Walker actually wanted to carve a backwards U on his forehead and then blame the unions, but he decided against it, too bad. [TPM] Read more on GOP Hack Suggested Using False-Flag Attacks To Discredit WI Unions… Read more on GOP Hack Suggested Using False-Flag Attacks To Discredit WI Unions…
  it's morning in america

Kochs Everywhere: Union-Busting Bill Introduced In Alaska

The War on Normal People (sorry, “Bolshie bastards”) started in Wisconsin, but it has quickly spread to every corner of our sad Union. And now even the fabled ice colony of Alaska — long known for its warring tribes of barbarian grifters and embarrassing televised dance rituals — has been asked to obediently swallow this Big Gulp of corn syrup Koch nectar. The bill’s sponsor claims that stripping public employees of collective bargaining rights will save Alaska lots of money and protect rich people from poor people, just like in Wisconsin! But will the coward Democrats run away if this legislation gains momentum? “If the Democrats flee here … we’ll have to go to Canada,” according to the House minority whip, State Rep. Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage). Haha, only if you aren’t abducted by a snowmobile monster (Todd Palin) first! [CNN] Read more on Kochs Everywhere: Union-Busting Bill Introduced In Alaska… Read more on Kochs Everywhere: Union-Busting Bill Introduced In Alaska…
  money talks bullshit walks

Wisconsin’s M&I Bank Fears Bank Run By Union Supporters, Shuts Doors

Haha, afraid much? M&I Bank’s branch on the Capitol Square, at 1 W. Main St., closed Thursday after demonstrators, protesting campaign contributions by bank executives to Gov. Scott Walker, gathered outside the bank and several pulled their money out. Read more on Wisconsin’s M&I Bank Fears Bank Run By Union Supporters, Shuts Doors…