Psycho on a sugar rush.
Psycho on a sugar rush.
The baffled VW official said, "The decision about [buying] a vehicle will always be made along economic and employment policy lines. It has absolutely nothing to do with ... whether there is a union there or not." He further noted that U.S. law mandates union representation as a prerequisite for allowing the power-sharing function of works councils and pointed out that every other VW plant in the world maintains such councils as a key to its manufacturing strategy.
Just vote for them already
First, it is important to note that the ACA grand-fathered all the individual policies that were in place at the time the law was enacted. This means that the plans in effect at the time that President Obama was pushing the bill could still be offered even if they did not meet all the standards laid out in the ACA.
The plans being terminated because they don’t meet the minimal standards were all plans that insurers introduced after the passage of the ACA. Insurers introduced these plans knowing that they would not meet the standards that would come into effect in 2014. Insurers may not have informed their clients at the time they sold these plans that they would not be available after 2014 because they had designed a plan that did not comply with the ACA.
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"I can't rule out somehow they could pick up on the mental energy that there is something special there. Or it could be a coincidence," he said. "I don't know."
Film, discussion Monday to launch two-year effort in Winona County to prevent gender-based violence
Joe Morse wants men to start talking about sexual violence.
To get the conversation going, his group Beyond Tough Guise, along with the Women’s Resource Center of Winona, will screen the film “With Impunity: Men and Gender Violence” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Winona State University’s Kryzsko Commons.
After the film there will be a dialogue led by film developer and state Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, and Chuck Derry, co-founder of Gender Violence Institute and the Minnesota Men’s Action Network.
“What we believe is that if well-meaning men are silent, then abusive or violent men take that to mean that what they are doing is OK,” Morse said.
Monday’s screening will also launch a two-year countywide project funded by a state grant that will focus on preventing gender-based violence.
Other aspects of the project include the development of a curriculum for young students through third-grade students that focuses on gender equality, and creating a model policy for businesses and companies to adopt to prevent gender-based violence.
“It’s a terrible problem, but the good news is we know how we can change this,” Morse said.
The film “With Impunity” was developed in St. Paul by Paymar and his late colleague, Ellen Pence. It tells the story of an abusive Minnesota man who after working his way through counseling and the court system was able to change his behavior. The 2012 film was nominated for a 2013 Midwest Regional Emmy Award.
The way Paymar sees it, society has done a good job at intervening in sexual violence cases by enacting laws and working with the criminal justice system.
But it hasn’t done so well at preventing the cases.
Part of his purpose in creating the film was to prompt discussion among community leaders about what they can do differently when it comes to speaking up against and preventing gender-based violence. That question is central to the conversation he hopes to lead Monday night.
“It’s a discussion that’s long overdue,” Paymar said.
12 Reasons to Raise Minnesota's Minimum Wage—Fact Sheet
Please add your name to a petition urging the Minnesota Senate to pass this bill and Raise the Wage to $9.50.
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Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a "30 Front War"
make sure you start at page 1
Make sure you start at Page 1
The majority of workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have signed cards authorizing their affiliation with the UAW and the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant, according to Gary Casteel, a regional director for UAW. Casteel says that the cards count as a legally binding election and that they include a statement about wanting to join VW's Global Works Council. The union has not put forth a formal timeline for official recognition yet.
In Germany, unions bargain for wages, while works councils handle things specific to individual plants like working conditions. “We’re interested in bringing a new labor model to the U.S.,” he says. “That’s the reason we continue to work on this.”
Most foreign automakers have resisted unions at their plants in the southern United States, reports the Associated Press. Casteel says the UAW is an ally of automakers and that their goal is to boost productivity by working with Volkswagen in a cooperative and collaborative way. “With input from the employees, they can increase their through-put, quality, efficiency, health and safety,” says Casteel.
AFL-CIO Now - Convention 2013
Tefere Gebre Elected as AFL-CIO’s New Executive Vice President
President Barack Obama will be one of the keynote speakers at the AFL-CIO 2013 National Convention in Los Angeles from Sept. 8–11. Here are 12 key quotes from him that highlight his commitment to working families:
1. "Politics didn't lead me to working folks—working folks led me to politics."—April 2008
passionately interested in interfaith families
Doesn't matter if you agree with someone's politics or not. This man was treated unfairly