Posts Tagged ‘Unions’


Yes. I know. The Twinkies/Hostess Era seems to be on the last legs. Matter of fact it is on the last legs. Now from what I’ve been hearing about the reasons why is the fault of the Unions, or the Union Backers. Partially the most that should be the fault on the Corporations or the CEO’s . I say that because it usually is in terms of high structure.  It’s like when a football team per say loses the game, who does the blame usually goes to? Usually – the head coach. So in this case, the head coach of the Company is at fault in which the 18,000+ jobs are being eliminated due to this. And a far as unions are concerned, most folks believe that the unions are the bad seed of the nation. But don’t forget: if it haven’t been for unions, there wouldn’t be those 40 hour work weeks, vacation pay, holiday pay and many others that most POLITICALLY don’t usually understand. But they better understand.

Now since the Twinkies, Cup Cakes, Suzy Q’s, and many others by the Hostess Company may be reaching the end in America, this is where I have to bust out and comment. If those of us who really bought the last stacks of these things with admiration, where was all of this before it?  I’m just saying it’s like when Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson died, most of us got back into their music and videos with love, but showed a little of it when they were living, oh, and also those scandals too. Yeah, we remember those. Many of us still got those soundbytes at home stored up for memory. However for the Twinkies, they were and are not going to get you into heaven. I’ve seen reports and even Ebay ads about individuals selling them for more than they bought in the store. I mean, paying about $2,000.00+ for a box of Twinkies is I hate to say this, is ridiculous. I mean, who in their mind would go on Ebay and pay 2 Grand for snacks? I know if those have the money they would go and spend it. I mean that 2,000 dollars can be useful for car payments or paying your last cell phone bill. I’m just saying.

Well, I want to say this: Yes, the Twinkies have been a staple of snacks in our lunches, dinners, food stashes, late night cravings, parties, church functions, joys, concerns, congratulations of promotions, or just that extra snack to get from the corner store, Walgreens, Walmart, Pick N Save, Roundy’s or a vending machine, the Twinkies will always be remembered just like the other snacks that Hostess has been serving us since it’s started. Now, it’s all ending due to corporate stuff. Now there might be talks that the food might resurrect with another company or division, but whatever happens, most folks will believe that supporting this product of food should have been a priority of  support, not just for the corporations, but also for the Unions, Supporters, and generally the American Public that actually gives a “you know what” for support. It’s like supporting your local products or causes.


Above is a video in which Scott Walker tells his side of the story of collective bargaining and unions. Allegedly.

But…….. on the other hand, the late George Carlin in a past clip from one of his comedy specials, presents a different point of view.

Warning: graphic language is in the clip. Be advised!

Note: the clip below is the actual clip from George Carlin without the Walker clip.

 


Take a look at this video courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  This is the video that has gone viral around Social Media about Scott Walker’s plans of busting up the unions before his announcement about it. As a politician he better be careful about being on camera with a hot microphone, and a video recorder. Like I said over and over again: I told you so!

 

Now I ask, does this think that the votes for June 5th will swing to Barrett? Just asking in general.


Yep, Wisconsin. I was going to say something about this. And apparently I maybe right. So November 1st has passed and alot of us are probably happy about the Weapons Concealment Law being passed after getting stomped over the summer. Now apparently for those outside of Wisconsin already know that yes: the Badger State became the 49th state in the union to allow those to walk around with Colt Python 45’s or maybe other handguns for protection. I hope those who favor this need to pray that it doesn’t backfire! I’m dead serious in commenting. Let’s paint a scenario. Let’s say that I’m going to the store and all of a sudden I’m going to my car minding my business. Or if I’m in a elevator waiting to go to the next floor and lets say someone looks at me “very snooty” and shows a firearm. Am I backing away? Yes. Why because I don’t want anyone taking my life over some “snooty looks”  or any look in a elevator or anywhere else. I’m thinking that yeah, this gun law might feel those “law abiding citizens”  safe. But there is an underside: those who are not law abiding citizens or closely related could go have connections and get weapons too. What will that be is similar to the Wild West. I thought I would never imagine that THIS state would be stooped in order to get guns this hastefuly! I hope to God Almighty that there might be some safeguards regarding this. In other words I might go and purchase a Bulletproof vest just to be safe in the elements.  I know it’s not necessary, but in my opinion, neither is walking around with a handgun going to Mayfair Mall or Summerfest. Or to see Nyjer Morgan or Aaron Rodgers. There were times way back when that Martial Arts meant something. In this case when I was bullied in School, one of my late uncle taught me Kung Fu just to stand up and protect myself. If he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be here writing this blog or voicing my opinion.  I know some are tired of this comment “I’m just saying”…..in general.

Now I got love for Ohio. What the citizens did is something that should be a stand up truth by not giving in to a Republican tatic of eliminating collective barganing. Now this probably saying, yep Ohio beat Wisconsin in this. Not because of the game this year (which was luck). This has nothing to do with games. It’s about livelihoods. It’s about jobs. It’s about the future. Some of you may not know this, but I worked in a union shop, and some of my folks that I know personally worked in companies that had union support. Oh yes. Like I said, everyone who works 40 hours a week or more that has benefits, vacation pay, sick pay, 401k Plan and more, plus union memberships, that all came from Wisconsin. But there are those who want to take that away all because it may not mean much to those who work at the top percentage, or those support that. I’ll say this, if you eliminate something WITHOUT any futher examination of understanding, you might have confusion and chaos. Just saying. I’m thinking that now since the no vote in Ohio has reached a fever pitch, Scott Walker must be shaking in his boots. He should be. The fans should be shaking, and  also the Journal Sentinel fans who like his stuff are still arguing. By the way, it was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that endorsed Walker last year.

So this to me is a viable strategy in my opinion, should retain the seat for President Obama in 2012. And if the others follow the model, the strategy will be the same.

Wisconsin: Look what Ohio did. And they did it well.


So now the nightmare of not having Collective Bargaing Rights in the state will be in effect on June 29. That date is familiar to me because not only it is the date that my family dog was put to sleep a year ago, but it will also be the fault of the voters who wanted this to happen since November 2nd. Yes, So-called Wisconsin voters this IS your fault! All of you waiting on your hands and knees and waving that Tea Party Junk last year, all your fault. And those “who want to wait to see what happens”. Nothing but cowards.  Even those who now think that voting for the rookie governor Scott Walker was a good thought, turns out to be a bad vibe. I told you so. I said that Ten Times! Just like the thought of pushing Voter ID. Bad Vibe. The only reason I think that was pushed, is just to get after the poor folks. And those who couldn’t get ID’s at a DMV. So, yes I see a Voter ID Drive just to help educate ourselves more about having an ID card other than going to the bank or buying a pizza from Rocky Rococo’s.

This is just like all of those who say, “the flood gates are open to your own personal hell”. I know that it is unchristian like but it had to be said. This is war! The Middle Class Families are at wits ends with this removal of Collective Bargaing and those on the other side think it’s a good idea by taking away rights? Our forefathers are rolling in their graves because the descendants are undoing what was set up a long time ago that was the ground work. This generation will take a back seat along with the poor and unfortunate and who’s to blame? They say that the republicans ended slavery. Really?!!!!! I didn’t catch the memo. But the Republicans of now, don’t like Obama because of his skin color. Don’t want to give him some slack of taking down Osama Bin Laden. And also erasing everything that this State of Wisconsin has worked for in getting Collective Bargaining Rights. This is like: Flat-Out Racism! Oh, yeah I said it! This is a flat out version of Racism.

In 2012, there are talks about Recalls. Well if that’s the case all those in Wisconsin who are indeed “REAL VOTERS”, better get ready now. You Real Voters. Not those who showed up and said that’s all their is. If Scott Walker does (and some say WILL be) declared recalled. The other folks who like the guy will whine and complain. We know. But look at this. Everything that has gone on this past year thus far, it will really make you think. I am challenging those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Tired of Scott Walker taking away collective barging. Tired of Republicans in Wisconsin State Senate who had a gall of blocking stuff that this state has created for all states to have. Tired of not having High Speed Rail all because of the “boondoggle comments” from the Walker/Wisconsin GOP Maniacs. Then you “the Real Average Wisconsin Voter” better do whatever it takes to recall and or vote up the right way. I don’t care about your age in college. All of you those who are 18-30 years old: NO EXCUSES!  GET OUT AND VOTE IN 2012!

Don’t forget, Wisconsin is the birthplace of collective bargaining. All of those 40 hour week, benefits, vacation pay, sick pay, etc, all started here. And obviously, the rookie Governor, Scott Walker doesn’t care.  The Wisconsin GOP, doesn’t care. And all of the “King Walker” fans don’t care because well…..you voted for him. And now, some of you are regretting this?

All you have to do is reference 8 years in Milwaukee.


Well, well, well. It seems that certain bill in Wisconsin has been passed, or sort of. It appears that the Budget-Repair bill has got a screeching halt. A temporary restraining order, that the TRO to most people. For once, I’m glad that the bill that the rookie goverenor did not go all the way through as he thought. I should also say that the withholding of the Wisconsin 14, the protestors who seiged the capitol, farmers and those sporting the Teamsters, AFCSME, SEIU and other union membership gear all helped to get this round 1 victory. Also this would get those who think that bypassing a bill, like this should rethink. This is what Bill Maher reminded me of when conservatives, or Republicans at times likes to “push things through”. Sort of like George Bush. Now Scott Walker wants to emulate that notion thinking “yeah, I’m the Governor and I’m ramming through all kinds of bills that I don’t care if the people of Wisconsin like it or not.”

In saying that, there are consequences that must be faced. Just like the TRO Restraining Order halting the official publication of the bill, and also re-examining the votes and problems that the Wisconsin Republican Senators and Assembly had violated.  They know it. Again, elections have consequences like everyone has been saying for weeks. Hope that the state of Wisconsin has got the message received and copied.

On another note: Scott Walker now wants some High Speed Rail Money. “Things that make you go hmmm…..” – (For those who don’t know what that is, reference the 1990’s, Aresenio Hall, and C&C Music Factory.)  Just remember that he turned away 810 Million Dollars to have the Milwaukee Madison line dead because of politics. And the thought of boondoggles looming in the brain of his supporters. Now he’s pursuing the money again, only this time it’s for the Hiawatha Line of Amtrak, for 150 million. This dude is seriously downsizing. I don’t have a problem with Amtrak at all, but I still think that the cash should have gone to the project slated for the Milwaukee Madison High Speed Rail thing.

So again, that what the state gets.  Open for Business?


 

Unbelievable. Totally unbelievable. I have to say that today, March 9th, 2011, the 14th Anniversary of the death of Notorious B.I.G. has not been good. The Wisconsin Republicans Senators voted to move the Union Busting Bill through with a vote of 18-1, illegally!  As a Wisconsinite, I am embarrassed.  Totally Embarrassed.   And I thought being booted off your friends list on Facebook was bad. (I got something to say about that. Particularly those who add on for a while then, take off 3 months later.)For those who wanted Scott Walker in office, you made your vote happen on November 2nd. But if you are a fan of Scott Walker and don’t like his politics of this subject, you need to remove that Republican Card from the wallets and purses right now! Again, this is an outrage. It is a slap in the face of the working class, it is a slap in the face of the future, and it is a slap in the face of those who have built this thing for workers who want to have working rights. Just as a reminder, that Wisconsin started this union thing. And now, it’s becoming a thing of the past. There was a comment long ago on Milwaukee’s Real Milwaukee show on how Nicole Koglin, said that those in my age group (in our 30’s) don’t understand the union stuff. Let me comment this, and I don’t care if it makes the RSS feeds. There are those in my age group THAT DO understand this! I got friends from high school that are involved in Unions, and yes they are in their 30’s! Obviously, Nicole (as good as she is) needs to learn why these things exist and must have a reason to have it. It’s been around for over 50 years. I think education needs to resurrect here.

This is what happens when you don’t vote. The black community knows this very well: If you don’t vote, you don’t count! Period. I know that for the next election there will be more voting in 2012,  but what just happened in tonight, proves it! This is also what happens when you just sit around and do nothing. So voters, we need to turnout better than this. As for the Wisconsin 14, they were described by the ex-RNC president Michael Steele as “whimps”. Shut up, Michael Steele! The Wisconsin 14 are not cowards. They are not whimps. They are not wussies.  They maybe outlaws but also courageous. The Recall comments are just now getting to the heads of voters. Will I be recalling, you bet your next blog. I’m saying this because I come from folks who have worked with unions. No matter which one. I used to be apart of the Teamsters Local 344, and I know that African-Americans the most in Wisconsin would suffer the most. In case you’re wondering, Wisconsin does have black people, and most of them do live in the Milwaukee area. At least 41% of us do work. Particularly in the Education areas. And I know first hand that this will not die out quickly. Matter of fact, remember when former House Rep Alan Grayson, that Republicans want you to “die quickly?”  That comment has resurrected. This is embarassing. This is an attempt to bust Unions, and also in my estimation, a SLAP IN THE FACE against every working person (past and present) who has fought hard to get working rights on the map. And for those who say “I’m glad they pass this thing” there might be consequences of backing that up. My opinion, of course.

Like I said in my previous blogs, the people know that the Rookie Governor Scott Walker is known for this. When he was the Milwaukee County Executive for 8 years, he made uncessary cuts that are needy. Transit, Health, the poor, and also Unions. I think the rest of the state should have done was to research the part of him that was not well known. Again, Wisconsin: I TOLD YOU SO! All of that” Brown Bag Tea Party Movement” stuff will be nothing more than a consequence of stripping collective bargaining rights. Elections have consequences. And those who made the decision, will have consequences. They will have consequences that will pay. Big Time.

For Wisconsin: bold prediction – Wisconsin WILL be a blue state in 2012. In the past couple of weeks, President Obama has been quiet about what’s going on with the unions. And for the recalls: even though that Scott Walker can’t be recalled unless he has a year under his belt. BUT those who have been in longer, they CAN be recalled. The dragon has been sleeping, but now it has been awaken.  And……..IF Tom Barrett would have been governor instead of Walker, this would not be going on right now. So again, this is what happens when your voice isn’t heard!

As a resident, I am ashamed. But now, when the ballot boxes comes, I can’t wait to smackdown my vote. Or as it now: vote up.


Yep. I’ve been saying this. Over and Over.  Wisconsin: I told you so.  After the Assembly voted after 1:00AM, CST.

Is this is what to become in this era? So the WI Assembly Republicans had to pull a fast one on the Assembly WI Democrats with that quick vote.  That 51-13 vote.  Really republicans? So you went there with the fast vote WITHOUT letting the Democrats trying to make their vote happen? I hate to say this but the Wisconsin Democrats Assembly got robbed. More like “pearl harbored”. And what for, because the Wisconsin 14 didn’t show up? And what, because of the rookie governor wanting to pull a George Bush Attitude by pushing it through? Word to the Republicans, that pushing it through thing will have consequences! And this is supposed to make Walker happy right? I’m thinking that he’ll have to face consequences on his behalf for that action! That’s right I said it. Knowing the Democrats, that “vote” will have to be replayed and challenged just to have it thrown out. During the footage, the one word came out “SHAME!” – for good reason. Just like the shame for Walker for turning down cash for High Speed Rail. Scott Walker in my opinion, has been a candidate of shameful proportions. Look at his record in Milwaukee County. His consciousness will be heavily tested this time with the Wisconsin 14 running out before the vote to be casted down. Technically, for those that went to the rally in Madison: word of advice – keep the haters mad. Keep them mad like crazy.

Speaking of Recalls. Well, Well, Well.  Gotta break out the Recalls. If anyone of the two sides deserved to be recalled in my book, is those who cheated with the assembly vote. They deserved to be suspended the most than the Democrats. That’s right I said it!  They will suffer the consequences and pay the price. Just watch. Next year in 2012, there might be some changes. Particularly in the state of Wisconsin. In one year, there will be a bold prediction that the Rookie Governor Scott Walker will not continue his reign in Wisconsin. I’m sensing that he will get “the ultimate recall” than his republican counterparts. Not because of the refusal of the High Speed Rail cash, but because of this act of slamming the door on collective bargaining against the Unions. Or as most like to call it “union busting”. And did I mention that those cuts might involve Education, Health Care and the poor? All of the WalkerManiacs didn’t even realize that.

So Wisconsin: heed the warning of Mayor Tom Barrett “hang on to your hats”! And after the rallies, this discussion of saving working families rights through collective bargaining will not die out.  It won’t. And also, just as a reminder that about when or if the Republicans don’t live up to their expectations of job creation, and making unnecessary cuts that are needy, the polls will be open for finding new candidates.


I hate to bring this to the Badger State yet again, but it seems that the new Rookie Governor Scott Walker is pushing his liberties of making it harder for most Wisconsinites. Apparently, for those you looking of why, the state of Wisconsin is reaching headlines that the collective bargaining issues of our state’s union groups maybe be under fire with the repair bill that the Governor proposed. This bill from what I understand is to a strip mostly freedoms away from the Unions in order to well, be like the rest of us. I’ve been in Unions before – the Teamsters Local 344, and I admit, that having a chance to being apart of that unit was just a feeling of having some pride. That’s right. Some pride. If it had not been for unions, there would not be any 40 hour work days, 8 hours of work, vacation/sick pay, benefits, and more. HELLO!  I know I’m breaking away from my Black History Month Segments, but the reaction of this “so-called repair bill” was more like fighting for Civil Rights. No, I’m not seeing Martin Luther King, Jr. And I don’t see Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, or any Civil Rights or Abolitionists making waves again. But I do know, that I see those in the streets and in the Rotunda in Wisconsin’s Capitol making their voices heard. I see the Firefighters and Police Officers, School Teachers, College Professors, and even those who clean hotel rooms and Street Sweepers, making a statement that this will not die out. For education, with the UW-System would be a huge loss in my opinion would be tragic. As a former student and Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, this is a shameful concept of the Governor’s part of stripping, in my view of quality education! Speaking of which, this is why Wisconsin (as nice as it is) has gone to the flood gates with Walker’s Brown Bag/Tea Party Movement (yes, he was endorsed by the Tea Party) in order to reverse and revert things they see. This is not a way for state like Wisconsin to be “Open For Business”. Now the rest of the state, except Milwaukee is feeling the “WTF Moments” of the Union Dilemmas and Public Service situations right now. Why I’m excluding Milwaukee? Well this is for the whole state to understand. Those who know mostly, we (Milwaukee Residents) know how Scott Walker operates. Milwaukee County had to put up with Walker’s Woes for 8 years as a Milwaukee County Executive.  Just for record, he got in when the County was under siege of the Pension Scandal which had former Milwaukee County Executive F. Tom Ament dismissed. Walker  made cuts that were unnecessary in relation to transit by cutting the bus routes and raising bus fares in order for him to make more money. He has cut out or close the areas in Milwaukee that the senior centers and the poor were operative. Let me go back to 2003, according to the Washington Post in regards to Unions:

On a Tuesday afternoon in September 2003, during Scott Walker’s first term as Milwaukee County executive, scores of union workers gathered at the local courthouse to protest layoffs he had ordered as part of an aggressive effort to balance the budget and avoid what he said would otherwise be necessary tax increases.They shouted anti-Walker chants, and union officials and Democratic officeholders took turns denouncing his slash-and-burn approach. The layoffs Walker had announced that summer decimated the county’s public parks staff and also reduced the number of county social workers, corrections officers and janitors. As a result, park bathrooms were shuttered and pools were closed. Trash was piled up so high in the Milwaukee County Courthouse that visitors had to sidestep apple cores and coffee cups, and some judges resorted to cleaning toilets, a local newspaper reported.

 

Are you understanding this Wisconsin?

This is the same guy that was endorsed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in order to become Governor.

And I hate to say this as a fellow Wisconsinite: I TOLD YOU SO!  I TOLD YOU SO!

If he did the unnecessary cuts in Milwaukee, there is no telling that the state would be the same. Talk about suffrage. Wisconsin, welcome to the Suffrage Movement of the 21st Century. It took 30 years to get Mubarak out of Egypt, in Black History Month. How long will it take for Walker to get out of Madison? If he makes more mistakes like he’s on right now, there will be consequences from those, who should of had Tom Barrett leading the state in Madison.