In honor of all of the HARD-WORKING American union members who are also TAXPAYERS, here is a blast from the past. They are always willing to work; and there is still much work to do to preserve collective bargaining rights. As you get ready to enjoy your weekend, remember that the 40-hour workweek was negotiated by unions through collective bargaining. Union members and government workers pay the same taxes that everyone else pays.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The average American autoworkers who are employed by the three U.S. auto companies will soon be receiving bonuses ranging from about $2,500 - $7,000. These workers are members of a union: the United Auto Workers.
All of the Big Three have either posted billions in profits or are on their way to their first profitable years since the early 2000s. GM and Chrysler are also on track to completing repaying the loans (not free bailouts) they received from the Federal government in 2009 to stay afloat and continue operations. GM issued an IPO several months ago that was hugely successful. Ford continues to be profitable. All three car companies have retained employees, hired more workers, built new plants, and many new exciting and forward-thinking car models are hitting the showrooms.
All of this was made possible by President Barack Obama and the Congressional Democrats, who in 2009, refused to let the auto companies die. It was hard and messy, but the auto companies got the money and the time they needed to re-invent themselves and save the U.S. auto industry.
Meanwhile, the Republicans wanted the American car companies to liquidate, throwing hundreds of thousands out of work (including employees of thousands companies that support the auto industry) and negatively impacting the economies of many U.S. cities and towns.
Even as the bonuses for hard-working everyday American auto workers (and union members) were announced over the past few weeks, many Republicans stated that the workers shouldn't get bonuses while the auto companies still owed money to the government.
Those Republicans didn't say the same as Wall Street employees received millions in bonuses--the same "Wall Street" that caused the recession; the same Wall Street that also has not completed paying back the government.
The Republicans only want the auto workers to forgo their thousands while applauding the millions their financial buddies have received for years. The union workers at the auto companies gave up huge amounts of their negotiated pay to help keep the auto companies going; the Wall Street employees gave up nothing.
On the scale of who is really on the side of the American worker--unionized or not, one only has to look at the record of the Democrats and the Republicans over the past several decades.
Congratulations to the U.S. auto workers on their bonuses. A great new stimulus to the economy!
Jobs and increased income stimulate the economy, not draconian budget cuts or tax cuts for the rich.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
African American Civil Rights Leader and Trade Unionist
Leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP): the first African-American union which in 1937 won a contract from the Pullman Company (the first ever signed by a white employer with an African-American labor leader).
Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
Organized the first March on Washington 1941 to protest exclusion of African-Americans from defense plants; the march was called off only after President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 to establish the first Fair Employment Practice Committee.
Demanded that segregation in the armed forces be abolished; in 1948 President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981 to racially integrate the armed services.
Helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave the "I Have a Dream" speech.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
After 18 days of protest in Takhir Square, protestors were successful in realizing the goal of their struggle. Former president Hosni Mubarack resigned and dismantled his regime. During the 2 1/2 weeks of daily rallies, there was a "Day of Rage" and a "Day of Millions". However, after celebrating all night on Friday, 11 February, the protestors realized that Takhir Square was full of litter and needed to be cleaned up.
So on Saturday, 12 February 2011 thousands of newly freed men, women, and children gathered brooms, rakes and garbage bags and happily and voluntarily participated in the "Day of Cleaning". One of the signs carried by some people cleaning says simply: "Sorry for the disturbance, we're buildling Egypt."
For more great posts about what has been happening in Egypt in the past three weeks, please visit the "Good Culture Blog".
Saturday, February 12, 2011
@mayordavebing Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a GREAT ambassador for Detroit.
February 7, 2011 11:59 am via TweetDeckRetweetReply
Mayor Dave Bing
@MT There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion.
February 7, 2011 11:43 am via TweetDeckRetweetReply
Friday, February 11, 2011
Musical genius and freedom activist Wyclef Jean wrote and published this song the night before former president Hosni Mubarack finally stepped down...this song has gone viral. Very inspirational; includes wonderful video images of people in Liberation Square.
All day Thursday, rumors flew that Mr. Mubarak would step down and that his highly anticipated speech would be his swan song. But by the end of the day, it became painfully obvious that the Egyptian president wasn't leaving any time soon. Let us hope and pray that the Egyptians stay safe and there are no violent crackdowns.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
- February is American Heart Month, and today, Friday February 4 2011, is "Go Red for Women Day". This reminder is sponsored by the American Heart Association.
- Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer in America? 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will be affected by heart disease this year.
- Today is the day for women and men to WEAR RED to honor those living with or lost to heart disease.
- Today is the day to sign up for the Go Red for Women Campaign to Tell 5 about how to save their lives and not succumb to heart disease. When you share information with five of your friends here, you will receive a free Go Red Heart Health Kit.
- Red dress. Red Blouse. Red Tie. Red Scarf. Wear red today.