Category Archives: Corporate America vs Unions

Breaking News: Bernie!

President Obama just announced “I’m with Her” which comes as no surprise.

Sander’s conversation today with President Obama “was a friendly conversation…about our future” stated Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  He continued, “Sanders was able to inspire many people” and highlighted how can Obama and Sanders continue to work together to ensure Sander’s supporters will stay connected.  In other words: Will Bernie supporters be able to support Hillary?

Bernie has leverage right now!  He has the ear of the President and the Democratic leadership so what is Bernie’s next move?  He’s definitely going to the convention but will we ever hear him announce, “I’m with her”?  (Which “her”?) Only time will tell.

Senator Bernie Sanders is not a perfect candidate. He does indeed have his shortcomings but he has the vision that is most reflective of a progressive movement.   The dream is  America could be a nation that responds to the needs of the people rather than a country who serves the needs of corporate America.The Sander’s campaign has changed the course of our future.

I know this election is historic since Hillary Clinton is female but let us not forget Jill Stein is a lady woman too.  The race continues.

 

 

Arne Duncan Secretary of Corporate Education

ball-swimming-pool-6302531Even though I do not get paid during my two months off from work I am still enjoying my summer vacation.    And if you are a parent who has a teenager – with their hormonal mood changes and lack of problem solving skills – you can understand that teaching over a 180 teenagers Monday through Friday just might kill you.

The most challenging part of teaching is preparing kids for tests.  You know how important standardized tests are right?  They’re not.  How often to you go to parties and start talking about your SAT scores?  And if you are a grown up and still tout your SAT score you need an intervention to help you become a more interesting person. Tests only test a narrow window of critical thinking skills and ultimately undermines the importance of educating our children something unfortunately our Secretary of Education Arne Duncan does not understand.

And don’t get me started on Race to the Top or Common Core Tests. Keep in mind those who have access to technology and the internet will be more successful.  That’s right, once again, these new fangled tests will reward those who have access and penalize those who come from impoverished communities…go figure.

Secretary of Corporate Education clarifying how much teaching experience he has.
Secretary of Corporate Education clarifying how much teaching experience he has.

Why Obama selected this windbag is beyond me.  Arne Duncan has no teaching experience if he does they keep it secret.  In 1992, childhood friend and investment banker John W. Rogers, Jr., appointed Duncan director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program mentoring children at one of the city’s worst-performing elementary schools. And guess what happened next.

After the school closed in 1996, Duncan and Rogers were instrumental in re-opening it as a charter school, Ariel Community Academy.[3] In 1999, Duncan was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for former Chicago Public Schools I guess because he was so successful in Chicago  and now he’s our countries Secretary of EDUCATION because he has absolutely no experience.

Question?

If Arne Duncan has no real practical pedagogical experience why would he be tapped to be the Secretary of Education? A.  Cuz he’s a corporatist tool, B. He can undermine the countries confidence in public education and vilify the unions so he can do what he does best in education to close more schools and privatize privatize privatize, C. all of the above.

facebook_imageAfter everything has been said and “tested” I give Secretary of Corporate Education a Big Fucking F.

Imagine No Unions

Fast Food Customer With a Conscience!

I have a confession:  I like fast food & a bargain.  I love a delicious “bean and cheese burrito with green salsa” from Del Taco.  See its healthy cuz of the fiber and since I live a fast-paced-on-the-go-kind-of-life it  does the trick when I’m in a pinch for time.  Comprende?  But I’m not just another customer with an appetite;  I actually have a conscience.  Fast food workers deserve a livable wage!  It is 2013 not 1913.  Come on while Corporate America continues to enjoy record profits the little guy on the other hand can just suck it up and pray to god that he’ll be able to put food on the table for his family of course that is in-between two or three jobs he has to do.

Imagine No Unions

Based on analysis of federal government data, only about 30 percent of fast-food workers are teenagers, say Janelle Jones and John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. In studying the Current Population Survey for 2010-12, they also found that more than 36 percent of fast-food workers over the age of 20 had children.

Here is some data that might hurt your pretty brain:If they tell you providing full time employment and a livable wage will bankrupt businesses remember their business model is only successful if they are able to exploit another human being. I guess people are disposable and Corporate America is indeed too big to fail so we will bear the burden of your obsession to gamble and exploit the working class while you enjoy the profits. Now that sounds equitable.

Wow One Hundred Dollars!

Guess what I just received in the mail?  A big whopping one hundred dollar check from J. P. Morgan Chase Manhattan settlement.  I don’t really know why I got a one hundred dollar check but they must of been up to no good to give me one hundred dollars.  Did you know J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan made $5.3 billion from July to September and the number of employees fell about 1 percent compared to the previous quarter.  According to the Huffington Post, “The bank shed about 3,300 jobs to 259,550.  But the good news is, “The company’s doing quite well, and we want to pay our people fairly and properly was we always have,” Jamie Dimon shared.  Oh and in the meantime Jamie Dimon’s salary is reported to be $23 million last year, mostly in stock awards.

Walmart! No Need for a Moral Compass!

Walmart!  Walmart!  Walmart!  Wow when was the last time you stepped inside of a Walmart?  I was in the midwest last summer in a small town called Monticello.  The only store you could find open was Walmart.  I guess all the other stores were closed or just were put out of business due to Walmart’s amazing prices.  It is hard to compete with cheap slave labor and low prices that will knock your socks off.  So you’ll have to definitely buy more socks.

I walked through the store and immediately noticed its vastness and cleanliness.  Each item that I considered purchasing was definitely in my budget.  There was a great patio set that I thought would be a great gift and it was only 150 bucks.  Nice gift and reasonable price but I couldn’t help but wonder at what cost?  Why are so many Walmart employees only working part time?  Why are so many Walmart employees living in poverty? And why can’t they be represented by a union especially since unions helped build the middle class.   I recently heard one woman suggest, “Well no one is forcing them to work at Walmart.   They should have gone to college if they wanted a better job.”

What happened to America that we decided to make Walmart the all American destination to shop?  Is it because they have unethical employment practices?  Is it that Walmart is a multi-billion dollar corporation that earns some where around 16. 4 billion dollars in profits and we value profits over humanity? The owners of Walmart, the Walton family, are just good folk who turned small towns upside down, ran mom and pop shops out of town, and found a way to have their employees health care plan subsidized by our government.  I may not do a lot of things right but I know I will NEVER shop EVER at Walmart.  Walmart is nicely wrapped in the American flag and has no problem oppressing their employees while making billions in profits.  I plan on BOYCOTTING WALMART forever or until they UNIONIZE.