Posts tagged union
Posts tagged union
I’ll break it down for you.
The people of Ohio OVERWHELMINGLY rejected the GOP dicking over unions and union members.
Is that so hard to understand? I’ll claim Ohio as my homestate without wincing again. Thank you to Ohio voters for doing the right thing and for working so hard to see this on the ballot.
Mike Huckabee, encouraging voter suppression this Friday in Mason, Ohio.
He was speaking in support of Issue 2. Issue 2 is the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, the bill in Ohio that stripped collective bargaining rights. Enough signatures were gathered to put SB 5 on the ballot as Issue 2.
A ‘yes’ vote means the voter supports SB 5 and Issue 2. A ‘no’ vote means the voter does not support SB 5 and Issue 2. So if you don’t support it, and you’re the relative of someone who does, Mike Huckabee thinks said relative should keep you from voting.
Thought experiment: What if a Democrat said this? What if Howard Dean said this at a fundraiser? Fox News would have a collective aneurysm. Instead, Huckabee’s comments are defended as “just a joke” online. Gotcha.
The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night.
A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM.
Here’s more about them from their website:
The TWU has four main divisions: Railroad; Gaming; Airline; Transit; and Utility, University and Service. The Union has 114 autonomous locals representing over 200,000 members and retirees in 22 states around the country.
Occupy Wall Street has been picking up some decent support from unions in the past few days. Yesterday we reported that the Teamsters Union declared their support for protestors, and we also found out that the United Pilots Union had members at the protest demonstrating in uniform.
Keep it rolling, folks! I wish I could make it to New York, hoping to make Occupy Denver soon! I’m thrilled to see the union support. Workers everywhere, arise!
Late Friday afternoon, The Huffington Post announced its latest way to get free content from writers. According to Forbes, “The Huffington Post’s best response to those critics who accuse it of exploiting writers by not paying them has always been the libertarian one: Within the boundaries of the law, consenting adults are free to enter into whatever sorts of arrangements they choose, even one that involves donating their labor to a for-profit corporation. But what about when those writers aren’t adults?” Yes, that’s right, kids as young as 13 are being invited to provide content for Patch, which is run by the Huffington Post Media Group.
Today on Advertising Age, “Patch ‘is churning out one piece of content every 9 seconds.’” That’s what this is about, folks: churn. Page views. And getting unpaid children to help AOL shovel content - digital coal - into its page-view oven. Quite simply, AOL/HuffPo intends to monetize the work of minors earning $0/hour. On Patch and HuffPost High School, it will sell ads against content created by minors - but it will not share advertising revenue with those minors.”
The National Writers Union is committed to establishing a living wage for all freelance writers. For more campaign updates, sign up at www.PayTheWriter.org
As my friend Jeremy often says, “Shock. Gasp. Clutch the pearls.” At least when Ed Schultz of MSNBC got caught doing this, he corrected it and apologized.
As a new member of the National Writers Union, here’s why you won’t see content from Huff Post on Cognitive Dissonance. I ask my fellow labor-supporting Tumblr folk to honor the virtual picket line.
Janet Reasoner, NWU, May 25, 2011:
There has been a strike and boycott against the Huffington Post since last March, called by Visual Art Source and the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers and Writers (HPUB), and supported by the National Writers Union (NWU) and the Newspaper Guild (TNG). Please honor the electronic picket line; don’t post and don’t share articles on the Huffington Post until this is resolved.
In February, Arianna Huffington sold Huffington Post (the website and brand) to AOL for $315 million. This was possible in large part because of the work of thousands of unpaid writers and bloggers who made the site/brand what it is.
NWU’s goals in this dispute are:
- Get AOL/HuffPo to settle with writers/bloggers we represent for a share of the $315 million sales price;
- Set a standard that we can take to other online content providers to get writers paid;
- Build a bigger and more powerful NWU;
- Win a livable minimum wage for online content creators.
So what’s the big deal?
HuffPo was built on the hugely popular, yet unpaid, bloggers that populated the site with interesting and fresh content every single day. Arianna Huffington says that writers should be glad to write for free in exchange for all the free exposure they get. They can showcase their work and gain a following. That argument held water until Arianna got filthy rich[er] off of the web site and brand that all of these unpaid writers helped her build. Organized labor is about workers being treated fairly. Management/owners should not be able to get rich while treating their employees poorly or not paying them at all
A brief history:
In March of this year, Virtual Art Source (http://visualartsource.com) announced that the 50 writers they represent would no longer be providing free content to HuffPo. According to their site, they are striking for two demands:
- A pay schedule must be proposed and steps initiated to implement it for all contributing writers and bloggers.
- Paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content; a press release or exhibition catalogue essay is fundamentally different from editorial content and must be either segregated and indicated as such, or not published at all.
Ms. Huffington was quoted as saying “The idea of going on strike when no one really notices… Go ahead, go on strike.” (http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/arianna-huffington-go-ahead-go-…)
On March 16, the Newspaper Guild posted a piece on their web site (http://www.newsguild.org/index.php?ID=10712) asking all writers to stop supplying content to HuffPo and for everyone to honor the electronic picket line. On March 21, NWU joined the battle (http://nwu.org/support-huffpo-strikers) stating, “We urge our members and everyone reading this, not to write for HuffPo until they are brought to the bargaining table.”
On April 12, former HuffPo blogger and former NWU President Jonathan Tasini (still a current NWU member) filed a class action lawsuit against Ms. Huffington, Huffington Post, AOL, and Kenneth Lerer in U.S. District Court. The complaint, on behalf of a putative class of over 9,000 writers, asks for at least $105 million in damages for uncompensated writers and bloggers for HuffPo.
What’s happening now?
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard, and UAW International President Bob King are honoring the boycott and support is growing.
There are three Facebook pages devoted to the strike against HuffPo — Union of Huffington Post Writers and Bloggers, Huffington Post Justice Campaign, and “Hey Arianna, Can You Spare a Dime?” On the first page, the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers and Writers (HPUB) have a link to the NWU website urging their members to join NWU. They will be speaking at the DA in Detroit, June 23-26.
Many labor and progressive/liberal folks are still getting the message about the strike and virtual picket line. Just last week, there was a link from a large union’s Facebook page to a HuffPo posting (since taken down after several of us pointed out the problem). Many of you are still likely to see your Facebook friends posting links to HuffPo articles. If you do, please send them the link to this article.
You can also send them the link to the Daily Kos posting, Why I’m Boycotting The Huffington Post, And I Hope You Will Too, from April 2. (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/02/962560/-Why-Im-Boycotting-The-H…).
The Huffington Post tends to be under constant fire for what many call over-aggregating - taking too much content from other sources and making it their own. It’s always been more of an issue with print stories than video, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. The photo above is from a video embedded in a story on HuffPost about Charla Nash, who was attached by a chimpanzee in 2008. While the video is from the Today Show, you can see AOL has placed the video in their own player based on the “AOL” bug in the lower right. Rather than embed the video from The Today Show, Armstrong, Huffington & co. are ripping it straight from the TV, cutting the important parts, and placing it in their own player so the streams & ad views count for AOL - who really seems to need it, since the stock has seen record lows lately.
Here’s the giant splash page NBC created for the story, complete with an embed code for the video. You know, in case anyone wanted to share the story on their own news site/blog and give credit to the creator. -Matt
Arrgh… this is one reason why I joined the National Writers Union. They’ve launched a virtual picket line against Huff Post, which I’ll post in a bit.
"Union Song" by Tom Morello, live in Madison, WI on Feb. 21, 2011.
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Stand up for the workers of Wisconsin! Get out the vote and protect the rights of your fellow Wisconsinites. Here’s information on voting restrictions and requirements. Here’s info on the recalls and volunteering.
"There is Power in a Union" performed by the Barley Brothers (Brian O’Donnell, Jeff Burkhart, Colin Bazsali) at the Wisconsin Wave rally on the State Capitol, April 9, 2011.
Firefighters march through Wisconsin’s capital building in solidarity with protesters on February 18th, 2011.
Here’s what one YouTube genius had to say:
Don’t let people like him win. GET OUT THE VOTE! Click here for more info on what you can do, whether you live in Wisconsin, across the US, or across the globe.
45,000 Verizon workers are on strike Sunday after contract negotiations failed.
Two unions representing the employees - the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America - say they are calling for a strike because Verizon wants large concessions on items such as health care and pensions. Verizon argues the concessions are necessary due to a “long-term drop” in revenue from competition and the company’s land-line business.
The strike affects Verizon’s wire line division, not their wireless division.
The Communications Workers of America released a statement on the strike early this morning:
Since bargaining began on June 22, Verizon has refused to move from a long list of concession demands. Even at the 11th hour, as contracts were set to expire, Verizon continued to seek to strip away 50 years of collective bargaining gains for middle class workers and their families.
Verizon released a statement saying they have a “contingency plan” in place to prevent customers from experiencing disruptions in service.
I stand with Verizon’s workers and the rights of every American to organize.
It was already approaching 100° at 8 a.m. when I arrived at the Park Hyatt where, after 22 months of stalled negotiations, hotel workers were staging a one-day picket to protest the hotel chain’s intolerable treatment of their housekeeping staff.
In case you didn’t know, Hyatt is owned by the Pritzker family. Heiress Penny Sue Pritzker chairs Obama’s national campaign finance committee. She is also big player in Democratic Party politics as well as in the world of anti-union, corporate school reform and was recently appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a seat on the Chicago school board.
Pritzker’s response to the Park Hyatt strikers was to turn on the hotel’s powerful heating lamps to try and bake the workers into submission on this brutally hot day. But this seemingly inhuman and probably illegal response seemed to have had just the opposite effect. Picketers began chanting, “Hyatt can’t take the heat, but we can!” The lamps were left on until word got out and media began to show up.
This is completely wrong, and I would think constitutes reckless endangerment. I will never stay at a Hyatt again.
It’s official: As expected in the big swing state of Ohio, where Republicans gained control of state government in the 2010 wave and then enacted a new law to limit collective bargaining for public employee unions, voters will now head back to the polls in November 2011 - to potentially repeal that same law before it could ever take effect.
If the bill is repealed by voters, it would be a significant defeat to Republican Gov. John Kasich, and a potential dry run for the 2012 campaigns in the state. A Quinnipiac poll released this week showed that repealing the bill had a lead of either slightly under or over 20 points, depending on the wording of the question.
As the statistics posted on the Secretary of State’s site illustrate, opponents of the bill turned in a whopping 1.3 million signatures - more than four times the 231,150 threshold needed to trigger a referendum. State election officials then eliminated 351,925 signatures as invalid, leaving 915,456 signatures, nearly four times the minimum. The three-percent requirements were surpassed in all 88 counties.
The highest of fives for everyone collecting signatures… GO OHIO!
Gov. Scott Walker was in Beliot, Wisc. today (7/18/2011) to open a new Welcome Center from Illinois. Here’s his welcome.
My friend’s reaction to union workers being replaced with prison labor under Scott Walker’s anti-collective bargaining law.
Prisoners are people too. Imagine being forced to work all day, for no pay. Your reward is time off your sentence, which can be revoked if you look at a guard the wrong way. You can’t object to the work, the working conditions, nor are there any avenues to pursue if you are injured or mistreated while working.
What’s next? How about contracting out elementary schools to bus in their students and calling it a “field trip?”