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« on: March 18, 2011, 06:46:15 PM »
Why did he used the term pick crop or farming? Picking cotton conjures up image of slaves in the field.
« on: March 18, 2011, 06:41:51 PM »
Que, y is blinded by the GOP and they can never do any wrong.Are you people saying that this candidate is wrong? Are you people disagreeing with him saying 'they will work?'
y, the state of GA is a right to work state and there are plenty examples of where two people doing the same job do not get the same pay. In most cases, the white employee does get more although many do not have less education and skill set.
There was once a time in this country when Black folks would work 12-hour days for less money than their White co-workers who worked only eight. The key to leveling the playing field for Black workers was collective bargaining, the right of workers to negotiate with employers as a group for better wages and working conditions. Now Republicans around the country are attacking this basic principle.
The right of workers to negotiate as a group for better wages, benefits and working conditions has been important for everyone, but it's been especially meaningful for Black Americans. Before we could collectively bargain, we had little control over our working conditions and no protection from racial discrimination in the workplace.
That's why it's critical that we stand with the workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, and everywhere else collective bargaining is coming under attack. Please join me and my friends at ColorOfChange.org in sending workers the clear message: "I support the right to collectively bargain, and I'll stand with you to help protect it."
In Memphis in 1968, Black sanitation workers worked in dangerous, inhumane conditions under abusive White supervisors for little pay. After two workers were crushed to death by a malfunctioning city garbage truck, the city's Black sanitation workers sought to unionize. They demanded better wages, safer working conditions, and the right to collectively bargain for these things. They took to the streets of Memphis bearing signs that read, "I am a man." During the strike, police attacked and jailed Black workers for peaceful protest. Months later, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said that "all labor has dignity," joined these workers on the front lines. He was assassinated while leading the effort to win collective bargaining rights for these workers.1
Collective bargaining has helped Black workers vulnerable to workplace discrimination win needed on-the-job protections. “Black workers have an interest in unions as all workers do, because they give them power in the labor market to improve working conditions, and allow them due process and fairness on the job,” says labor scholar Stephen Pitts. “Any sort of institution that allows due process procedures and reduces arbitrary behavior in decision making is positive for black folks.”2
More than just protection from discrimination, collective bargaining has won Black workers fairness in pay and advancement, access to health insurance and retirement savings, and basic worker safety protections.3 This is especially true for Black public-sector workers. Twenty-five percent of all Black college graduates work in the public sector, and government work is second only to health and education services in concentration of Black workers.4 As scholar Michael Honey points out, "The one toe-hold many black and minority workers (and especially women among them) still have in the economy is in unionized public employment.5
Now, Republicans in state legislatures around the country are attacking public employees' collective bargaining rights. The battle began in Wisconsin, when Republican Governor Scott Walker offered a bill that would strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. In response, thousands of regular people filled the state capitol in protest — with many camping out there for days or even weeks. To stop the bill and force Republicans to negotiate, 14 Democratic state senators left Wisconsin, (preventing Republicans from voting on the bill). Despite the overwhelming public opposition to the bill, Republicans were eventually able to pass the law using procedural tricks late last week.6 But the protesters in Wisconsin drew the world's attention to this fight, and exposed the attack on collective bargaining rights as hugely unpopular and politically motivated. And right now they're working to hold Republicans accountable in powerful ways.
Wisconsin is one of many states where collective bargaining is under attack. Republicans in Ohio just passed a law similar to Wisconsin's, and states from Indiana to New jersey are prepared to follow suit.
Republicans say that their effort to roll back collective bargaining rights is necessary to curb spending in times of economic hardship, but that just doesn't square with the facts. In no state are public employees' salaries or pension benefits a major cause of their current financial problems.7 The Republican efforts are part of a strategy to attack public employees' unions, which overwhelmingly give money to Democratic interests. Without the strength of the unions, many expect that President Obama and other Democrats will have a tougher time raising funds for the 2012 election.8
DePaul University law professor Terry Smith says that, "Dismantling bargaining rights will disproportionately affect African Americans."9 This right has played a vitally important role in Black Americans' move into the middle class. For Republicans, the economic well-being of Black folks (and all workers) is only collateral damage in a political battle. It's shameful.
That's why I'm joining ColorOfChange.org in standing with the brave workers around the country fighting to preserve the right to collectively bargain in their states. They're on the front lines, and our messages of support will help them keep going even as circumstances get tougher. Will you join me? It takes only a moment:
1. “How Unions Helped Bring Economic Justice to Black Workers," AlterNet, 2-25-2011
2. See Reference 1
3. "Gutting Unions Hurts the Black Middle Class,” The Root, 3-11-2011
4. “Black Workers Central to National Union Battle,” ColorLines, 3-1-2011
5. “It’s 1968 All Over Again and King’s Fight for Unions Is Still Essential,”
6. “Wisconsin Union Law to Take Effect on March 26,” Wall Street Journal, 3-14-2011
7.“Unions aren’t to blame for Wisconsin’s budget,” The Washington Post, 2-18-2011
8. “WI Senate GOP Leader Admits On-Air That His Goal Is To Defund Labor Unions, Hurt Obama’s Reelection Chances,” Think Progress, 3-9-2011
9. See Reference 3
« on: March 16, 2011, 01:02:49 PM »
Since I do not know the woman, I would not say nut job. I can understand woman can get very emotional sometimes and part of the issue may have been they been together since high school. Some can handle it and others can not.
« on: March 16, 2011, 06:21:53 AM »
He makes a good point. He has identified an obstacle for Blacks in the future who run for president...........so you accept Mr. Cain's premise that "the first black one was bad"?
y, the price of gas starting going up when GW was Pres and I doubt it will ever fall lower than $2.00. Much of the price rise is due to people on Wall ST not Main St or any other street. If they stop the guessing game, gas may fall back to $2.00 a gallon.
On another note, Healthcare cost will continue to skyrocket as long as you have people who do not pay anything at all into the system. Use some common sense for a change. If you have some people who pay for a service and others that do not pay, how do you break even or make a profit without increase the cost to those who pay? Remember, you must provide services to those who do not pay. You increase your cost and pass it on to the insurance companies who in turn past the cost on.
By accounts, the stimulus worked. I know the state of GA has collected more tax revenue the past few months. You have to understand how money works. The Feds sent the state a check. The state hires people to build project. Those people hire people to work. The workers use the money to pay bills and buy needed items. Along the state is collect some form of revenue off most of these transactions, thus a rise in the revenue it collects.
« on: March 13, 2011, 12:47:09 PM »
These guys are crazy. Most of these fools are a joke and the world will see that.
« on: March 10, 2011, 06:35:38 AM »
This is what happens when you elect cowards to office that would rather run to another state than stand up for the people that elected them.
Talkin out the side of your neck comes to mind when I think of the GOP.
I have to ask Y ....Why are you so for teachers not having tenure...and not being able to collectively bargain ... Is there a reason?Bigram$, as a person of color some of these actions are making me very uncomfortable. I have to look behind the curtain to see what could really be going on.
« on: March 08, 2011, 06:43:36 AM »
I been sick for a minute and I am glad to hear this. I know my frat is happy with the gift. I just this gift by the POTUS will open the eyes of some people to what FVSU has to offer. It would be great if one day, the POTUS would visit and may be even attend homecoming one year. What would be the theme of that Homecoming?
At least we could have gotten a good laugh.Was OS one of the actors?They would have done better asking Rickey Smiley and Nephew Tommy to call in.
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:53:59 PM »
Wisconsin is one of 41 states where public employees earn higher average pay and
benefits than private workers in the same state, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Still, the
compensation of Wisconsin's government workers ranks below the national average
for non-federal public employees and has increased only slightly since 2000.
The finding comes as the Midwestern state remains in the center of efforts by several governors to reduce budget shortfalls in part by requiring state and local government workers to pay more for health and retirement benefits.
The standoff reaches a crucial point today when Republican Gov. Scott Walker presents a proposed budget for the year beginning July 1. He says layoffs of state workers may begin if the Legislature does not adopt his proposal to curb collective-bargaining rights of public workers and require them to pay a higher share of the cost of benefits.
The analysis of government data found that public employees' compensation has grown faster than the earnings of private workers since 2000. Primary cause: the rising value of benefits.
Wisconsin is typical. State, city and school district workers earned an average of $50,774 in wages and benefits in 2009, about $1,800 more than in the private sector. The state ranked 33rd in public employee compensation among the states and Washington, D.C. It had ranked 20th in 2000.
In contrast, California's public employees enjoyed soaring compensation throughout that state's decade-long budget crisis.
The analysis included full and part-time workers and did not adjust for specific jobs, age, education or experience. In an earlier job-to-job comparison, USA TODAY found that state and local government workers make about the same salary as those in the private sector but get more generous benefits.
« on: February 26, 2011, 10:34:25 PM »
But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."
Yep, these people better be careful. We do not know that God put that man in office for his reason and part of it is to test many of the "fake" Christian. Many of these comments will up on the day of judgement.
I have a question. Do you believe God will be in support of the healthcare bill and please support your reason?