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UAW Pancake Breakfast & Flea Market in Delaware on Saturday, May 15th

05.11.10

FLEA MARKET

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010
7AM – 2PM

SPACE WITH TABLE RENTAL $ 15.00
SPACE – WITH YOUR TABLE $ 10.00

Pancake Breakfast 8-11am $ 6.00

Contact: UAW Local 1183
302-738-4500 x 11 – Alena Bandy
To Reserve your Space!
Reserved Spaces must be paid for in Advance!

698 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, Delaware 19702.

DEMOCRATIC FRONTRUNNER FOR LT. GOVERNOR IN SCRANTON TO TAKE ISSUE WITH CORBETT’S STAND AGAINST ACCEPTING STIMULUS MONEY

05.11.10

Media Advisory

Saidel for Lt. Governor Campaign

May 11, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marty Marks 412.352.0317

DEMOCRATIC FRONTRUNNER FOR LT. GOVERNOR IN SCRANTON TO TAKE ISSUE WITH CORBETT’S STAND AGAINST ACCEPTING STIMULUS MONEY

Former Philadelphia Controller Jonathan Saidel to Speak at Labor Rally on Republican Governor Candidate’s Tea Party Pandering

Scranton, Pa – On Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00pm, Democratic Candidate Jonathan A. Saidel will appear at a labor rally at the Lackawanna County Courthouse to take on Republican Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett for pandering to the right and putting Pennsylvania jobs at risk.

“First he joined the tea baggers opposing healthcare reform and now he is pushing their bitter brew against federal stimulus assistance”, Saidel said. “Clearly this guy will say anything the rightwing of his party wants to hear, even it means giving up millions of dollars intended to put Pennsylvanian’s back to work,” according to Saidel.

Saidel will be joining workers from a variety of labor unions for the rally. He is endorsed by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council and the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.

Jonathan Saidel will be available for interviews before and after the event, on site and remotely. To arrange an interview, call Marty Marks at 412.3562.0317.

Who: Jonathan A. Saidel, Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor; local labor leaders and members; local elected Democratic officials.

What: Labor Rally

Where: In front of John Mitchell Labor Memorial Statue, Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton, PA

When: Wednesday, May 12th at 5:00pm

SEIU Local 32BJ conducts rally, files labor complaint

05.11.10

MAY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

SEIU Local 32BJ conducts rally, files labor complaint

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, April 17th- On April 15th food service workers marched in downtown Allentown alleging Sodexo, Inc. is anti-union and is using intimidation to keep them from unionizing.

The protest held near Sacred Heart Hospital was attended by employees of the medical centers kitchen and college cafeteria. The event was one of a ten-state protest against Sodexo Inc., which is a food service provider contractor headquartered in France.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ of New York, New York, is attempting to organize workers employed by Sodexo Inc. throughout the 10-states.

The Union filed on March 3rd, 2010 a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging Sodexo Inc. violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the complaint, the employer violated the NLRAct with respect to the food service workers employed at Lafayette College, 317 Hamilton Street in Easton. The company provides food service at Lafayette College.

A review by the newspaper of ULP’s filed at the NLRB revealed that no complaint was filed against Sodexo Inc. by the SEIU regarding Sacred Heart Hospital.

According to the Unfair Labor Practice charge Sodexo Inc. at Lafayette College:

• interrogated workers about their union activity;
• on February 18th, 2010 issued a written disciplinary warning to a worker in retaliation for her concerted protected activity, including organizing with Local 32BJ; and
• on february 24th, 2010, surveiling workers’ concerted protected activity and telling workers they are not allowed to talk about the Union.

Teamsters Union Local 773 files several complaints against two employers

05.11.10

MAY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 773 files several complaints against two employers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, April 14th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 773, Hamilton Street in Allentown, filed several complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging two Lehigh Valley employers violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

On April 1st, Local 773 filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Coca-Cola Bottling of the Lehigh Valley, 2150 Industrial Drive in Bethlehem Township alleging the company violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) of the NLRAct.

The Union alleges the “Employer through its agents has violated the above referenced provisions of the Act by failing and refusing to promote a member of Teamsters Local 773 to a supervisory position because of his union activity.”

Meanwhile, the union also filed a complaint with the NLRB alleging First Student East Penn, 3130 Route 100 in Macungie Township, violated the NLRAct.

“Since in or around March 2010, and continuing thereafter, the above named Employer, by its representative Garth Dunphy, has harassed, threatened and intimidated the Union’s Shop Steward because of her activities on behalf of the Union,” states the complaint

Group suggest changes to Workforce Development System

05.11.10

MAY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Group suggest changes to Workforce Development System

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, April 13th- According to four researchers there is a need for the “re-imagining” of the Workforce Development Act (WIA) to promote the creation of talent development systems that foster regional cooperation and prepare workers not only for the jobs of today, but for the jobs of tomorrow.

The four researchers; the Public Policy Associates Inc., Berkeley Policy Associates; the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; and the Unversity of California-San Diego, are calling for changes to WIA.

The report comes at a critical moment as the United States Congress debates reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act which was enacted in 1998.

The researchers recently presented the findings of their research at a briefing that was held at the Department of Labor in Washington DC.

The report, “Strategic Workforce Development as a Catalyst for Economic Growth; Lessons and Insights from the Field and Implications for the Future of WIA,” indicates the need to develop integrated workforce development systems that thrive on collaboration across functional and jurisdictional boundaries.

The researchers who have vast experience in evaluating workforce development initiatives recommend that the WIA be re-characterized and christened as the “Strategic Workforce Development Act.” The change would reflect the need to develop integrated workforce development systems that thrive on collaboration across functional and jurisdictional boundaries.

The researchers concluded too often, various workforce development entities work in their own silos. In some cases, that can result in training workers for jobs that do not match the current or future needs of employees and fail to retool America’s workforce in alignment with long-term economic goals.

By thinking and acting more strategically, workforce development leaders can work to ensure that the various stakeholders, employers, economic development and workforce development boards, community colleges, and others collaborate to create effective approaches to transforming their regional economies and providing high-wage jobs for workers.

One of the recommended changes to WIA is a new system of measurement and accountability.

Unionization improves wages for immigrant workers

05.11.10

MAY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Unionization improves wages for immigrant workers

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, April 14th- According to a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, an Washington DC based independent economic think tank, there is a large wage and benefit advantage for immigrant workers if they are represented by a labor union relative to their non-union counterparts.

The report, “Unions and Upward Mobility for Immigrant Workers,” analyzed data from the United States Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS), and found that unionization raises the pay of immigrant workers about $2.00 per hour. According to the report, immigrant workers in unions were also 50 percent more likly to have employer-provided pension plan than immigrant workers who where not in unions.

The report found that unionized immigrant workers earned, on average, 17 percent more than their non-union peers. In addition, immigrant workers in unions were much more likely to have health insurance benefits and a pension plan.

“It is the labor market, not the border that is broken. Unionization raises wages and benefits and substantially for both United States born and immigrant workers,” said John Schmitt, a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of the study. Mr. Schmitt was responding to common thinking that immigration is highly responsible for the high unemployment rate in the nation.

The study also shows that unionization benefited immigrant workers in otherwise low-wage occupations. Among immigrant workers in the 15 lowest paying occupations, union members earned almost 20 percent more per hour than those workers who were not in labor unions.

In the same low-wage occupations, unionized immigrants were more than twice as likely to have employer provided health insurance and almost three times as likely to have a pension plan than their nonunion counterparts.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research advisory board includes: Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; Janet Gornick, Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study; Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and Eileen Appelbaum, Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.

The Great Divide

05.11.10

The Great Divide

by LORENZO A. CANIZARES FOR BUZZFLASH

http://blog.buzzflash.com/contributors/3194

Several weeks ago, Paul Krugman, in an article entitled “Senator Bunning’s Universe,” said that “Democrats and Republicans live in different universes, both intellectually and morally.” I wholeheartedly agree with him. This statement, on the face of it, should shape how we view our future as a nation.

In this article, Krugman states that Republicans are unable to feel the pain of those that are suffering economically. It has been my opinion, from the time of the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000, that the combinations of greed and racism have been intertwined by the Republicans into a political view that have received the veneer of mainstream acceptance. This magic combo has provided Republicans the ideological cover for all the pain that they have inflicted on the middle/working class. That the majority of the recipients of this economic pain are white people is of no consequence for these Republicans. They have been able to create a mantra of themselves as protectors of white peoples’ interests in defense against the inordinate attacks to their livelihood by systemic demands coming from entitlement programs directed to keep lazy minorities happy. They also call their posture fighting encroaching socialism in their attempt to eliminate any possible empathy. They rationalize their anti-worker stand, which, again, affects mostly white people, by posing to be concerned with negative behavior from those they claim are amongst the unemployed and lack incentive to find jobs ## the welfare queen syndrome. Republican Party leaders no longer seem to be inclined to take racism seriously, unless they can twist it around as “reverse racism.”

The legend says, “A wounded beast is the fiercest.” Now, those ideologically guided by Greed and Racism have received a big blow with the victory of Obama and Pelosi in the Healthcare Reform Bill. In spite of the fact that the Bill has glaring weaknesses, the national perception is that the forces of fairness and inclusion has won a major battle; that the social movement that is behind Obama and Pelosi is very much alive and well and empowered to tackle other major reforms that are needed to sustain our democratic system. Republican plans for a cake-walk electoral victory in November are turning sour. Consequently, gun shops are selling weapons and ammunition briskly. A recent Harris poll shows that as many as one in four Republicans believe that Barack Obama is the anti-Christ!

Charles M. Blow in a NYT op-ed article “A Mighty Pale Tea” (4/17/10) does a survey of Tea Party members, and as the title of the article reveals, what he saw at a Tea Party rally in Dallas conforms to a NYT/CBS News poll released on 4/14/10, that Tea-Party affiliation is 1% Afro-American and 1% Hispanic. Unless your level of gullibility has risen to become a risk to your daily living, you will agree that the Tea Party is the militant street component of the Republican Party (I recognize that there are many Republicans still left in the Party that do not share these views, but in the main, the party has been taken by those of the Cheney/Rove ilk). Also, it is important to point out that the extreme views of the Tea Party members are not shared by the majority of whites, including many white Republicans. The Tea Party has been crafted to give it semblances of populism to fool regular, common folks about where their allegiances lie. Let’s not forget the Nazis real name was National Socialist Party.

When the Tea Party movement talks about the threat of socialism, and call for “a new revolution,” and vow to “take our country back” or cheer loudly when Sarah Palin says “reload,” it is time for regular, common folks to be concerned. After all, what we have seen of the Tea Party Movement membership is that they are capable of taking all those slogans literally. The good thing in all this is that we have seen the Democrats have been able to muster the courage to fight back. Kudos to Obama and Pelosi for steering the Party away from the perfect storm! Obama’s strategy of relying in Congressional leadership has been vindicated. Progressive Democrats that had supported Obama enjoyed a victory that could give strength to other necessary changes in the nation as we are beginning to see with the Financial Reform Bill. Of course, it remains to be seen how long this entente will last. Let’s not forget House Minority leader John Boehner’s rhetoric after the passage of the healthcare bill referring to its passage as “Armageddon.” And the picture of Nancy Pelosi in a fundraising appeal by the Republican National Committee surrounded by flames with the Committee’s chairman comment that it was time to put Pelosi on the firing line. They hide behind the first amendment to mouth all their poison, but we can never allow again their thugs to walk away from criminal behavior without severe penalty for their actions. Liberals tend to be nice people, but the biggest mistake that can be made with thugs is being perceived as weak.

Nonetheless, the healthcare victory and student financial-aid victory has provided Obama the opportunity to start seriously working on creating jobs. This past week it was announced that 290,000 jobs were created. But we need millions more! The Obama Administration needs to force those banks that have received public monies to behave responsibly and start lending their government-backed loan monies, especially to small businesses. President Obama, put on the call, and the American people will make sure that they comply!

Gene Lyons reports in an article in the 4/7/10 edition of Liberal Opinion that Bruce Bartlett, a conservative thinker, cites a survey of Tea Partiers at a recent Washington demonstration that shows most know nothing about the policies they so noisily abhor. Bartlett cites as an example that almost none of the Tea Partiers realize that Obama job stimulus plan gave “90 percent of all taxpayers…a tax cut last year and almost 100 percent to those in the $50,000 income range.” Our great divide is being defined as a war against the racism-fueled ignorance masterminded by Unbridled Greed’s Greed Machine. We can win, but we can’t let our guard down, and least of all believe for a second that these people are of the same ilk as we are.

LORENZO A. CANIZARES FOR BUZZFLASH