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Browsing Posts published in September, 2012

As scab officials and the real referees adjust to their first Sunday in their proper roles I am still amazed at the corporate arrogance involved in the recent lockout of NFL referees.  A couple of points come to mind.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came out in support of ending the locout and bringing the real refs back.  Ironic doesn’t quite describe it.  While player safety and proper calling of the game are important this is what opened Scott Walker’s eyes?  Does he imagine his out-of-the-blue attack on the public workers of Wisconsin had no effect on the kids whose teachers retired early to keep their pension, replaced with new hires of unproven quality?  Did he miss the fact that cuts to BadgerCare, Wisconsin’s Medicaid program, wouldn’t leave some of the most vulnerable people including children, with nowhere else to turn when they were sick?  Did he imagine those public servants that have taken care of seniors in nursing homes or hospitals for decades could have their collective bargaining rights taken away putting their pensions, wages, and careers at risk and not be distracted from taking care of grandma?

People like Scott Walker with Koch brother resources at his disposal or Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner with his $20 million salary may feel they have the right to rule their world but in a democratic and civilized society all citizens should have their say in how this nation and their lives are structured.  In the workplace, that is done through collective bargaining. 

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now discusses the lockout with Dave Zirin who makes the point that things had gotten so bad some teams, notabley the Green Bay Packers were considering a sympathy strike if this had not been resolved.  Solidarity is the only way to counter arrogant, corrupt corporate power.  Go Packers!

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that last month Missouri led the Mid-West in  Job Creation, and was number one in the country on a percentage basis.

Missouri led Midwestern states in job creation last month, adding 17,900 jobs.

Missouri ranked third nationwide in job creation, trailing Texas and Florida. Its percentage increase led the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The August jobs data from BLS shows Missouri as one of the top states in the nation and demonstrates that our state economy continues to move in the right direction,” Chris Pieper, acting director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said in a release.

The state’s August unemployment rate was 7.2 percent, down from 8.6 percent a year prior. The rate was down 0.7 percentage points from July.

Wonder if Dave Spence will use some of that unpaid TARP money to make some fact-based commercials?

 

You won’t believe this video and story of  what happened to a Colorado school teacher when she participated with Mitt Romney in a roundtable “discussion“.  Disrespect is one word for it.  Self-centered ass is another.

Please take a few minutes to watch this On The News segment with Thom Hartmann.  Thom covers the comments of world leaders that view the Republican Party as either a joke or dangerous.  Who is really in the 47% and the best way to raise incomes – unionization.  Great piece.

Check out this trailer for the new movie, Xmas without China.  Are you serving your family meals on lead covered dishes?  What would C hristmas be like without Chinese goods?  What would American life be like with more American goods and jobs?

Latest Polls in Key Battleground States 9/24-26:

Florida Florida Times-Union/InAdv Obama 49, Romney 46 Obama +3
Florida CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac Obama 53, Romney 44 Obama +9
Ohio CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac Obama 53, Romney 43 Obama +10
Pennsylvania CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac Obama 54, Romney 42 Obama +12
Pennsylvania Franklin & Marshall Obama 52, Romney 43 Obama +9
Michigan Rasmussen Reports Obama 54, Romney 42 Obama +12

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will be at the Democratic Headquarters in Union this Saturday 9/29 at 2:30 to kick off a canvass and talk with supporters.  Come on by the HQ at 427 Jane St., next to Heartland Pharmacy and meet Claire, pick up signs for your favorite candidate, or spend some time with others that want to move this nation forward.

Don’t forget Friday night is the 2nd Annual Carnahan Supper and Democrat Round Up at the St. Clair Knights of Columbus Hall, 204 S. Commercial Ave. St. Clair, MO.  Dinner and events from 6-10 p.m.  Tickets are only $20 per person.  See you there!

America’s Netcast features this audio interview with election expert Alan Abramowitz as he dissects this election cycle.  I think you will like what he has to say!

Need to register or have friends that need to update their registration?  Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has a page on her website that allows you to type in your county, print a voter registration card and mail it to your local offce.  This mail-in voter registration makes fulfilling your patriotic duty easier than ever.  Hurry, the deadline is October 10th.

You can request an Absentee Ballot online from the Secretary of State’s office.  You can also stop by County Clerk Debbie Door’s office at the Government Center and vote today if you will be unavailable on election day.

In order to be registered to vote in an election, you need to be registered by 5:00 p.m. on October 10th, or the normal close of business of any public building where registration is allowed, whichever is later, on the fourth Wednesday prior to the election. If registering by mail, your voter registration must be postmarked on the fourth Wednesday prior to the election. If you register after such time, you will be registered to vote in subsequent elections.

Today is National Voter Registration Day and several non-profit groups are registering voters at East Central today.  Stop by and make sure you are registered.  The event is in the Multipurpose Building.

Harold Myerson of the American Prospect has written, If Labor Dies, What’s Next?, a insightful analysis of today’s labor movement and the decline in wages for most Americans.  When I began writing this blog my intention was to focus on all of labor both union, non-union, and even lower levels of management.  The existence of these jobs as well as the wages, hours, and conditions of employment are all subject to many of the same economic forces.  One of these forces is the level of unionization in a particular industry.

When unions vanish, ordinary Americans lose their right to bargain collectively for their pay and benefits. Even those who have never bargained collectively will feel the loss. Some years ago, when unions were big enough that their effect on the larger economy could be measured, Princeton economist Henry Farber concluded that the wages of nonunion workers in industries that were 25 percent unionized were 7.5 percent higher than they’d be if their industry were union-free. When unionized companies were common, firms that were nonunion had to mimic the wages and benefits of their unionized counterparts for fear that their employees would leave or, worse, organize. That was certainly the practice at General Electric and other largely nonunion giants.

Nonetheless, union workers generally maintained a 20 percent wage advantage over nonunion workers. The key to the wage advantage is the percentage of union membership in a given industry or market. In cities where nearly all the class-A hotels are unionized, as they are in New York and San Francisco, housekeepers make more than $20 an hour. In cities where roughly half of such hotels are unionized, such as Los Angeles, their hourly wage is about $15. In cities where all the hotels are nonunion, such as Phoenix, housekeepers make little more than the minimum wage, if that.

From 1947 through 1973, when union density in America was at its peak, real wages for nonmanagerial employees rose by 75 percent. From 1979 through 2006, as union density collapsed, real wages for nonmanagerial employees rose by only 4 percent. Unable to get a raise, American households maintained their standard of living during those years by women entering the workforce and by going into debt.

The Sunday Post-Disptach published Census figures cast pall over hopes for region’s recovery which shows median household income declining since 2007 in every county in the St. Louis area.  The hardest hit were Franklin and Jefferson.  Do you think the loss of thousands of unionized and managerial jobs at Chrysler and suppliers account for this?  I do. 

Enjoy the writing of Harold Myerson.  Future posts will deal with how we can raise wages and get the middle class growing again.

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