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2018-05-27 Workin 4 A Livin – Memorial Day Tribute

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THE TRUE CINDY ESTRADA SPEAKS OUT

THE REAL CINDY SPEAKS

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Toledo, Ohio May 21, 2018: UAW VP Cindy Estrada Boldly Stated: “Manufacturing Built The Middle Class; But Manufacturing Is Not Going To Rebuild The Middle Class.” This Is The Ethos Of The Current UAW Leadership, And That Ethos Is Exactly And Specifically What Needs To Be Changed Within The UAW Leadership!

At the Ohio UAW Leadership Conference held in Toledo UAW VP Cindy Estrada also stated that there are 600,000 workers in the US making $9.60 per hour or less, and there are 1,500,000 workers making $11.90 per hour or less.

She did not say how many of those workers are in the UAW Independent Parts Supplier department that she may actually represent.

 

 

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2018-05-20 TEAM Workin 4 A Livin Radio Show

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TEAM Workin 4 A Livin – educates about Union &; Non-Union Labor issues. Please join Moderator Leroy McKnight, and Co-Host Jeff Brown Sunday at 7:00pm edt, and by podcast any time afterward; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”. Jeff Brown will continue his Series on the UAW Constitution, meet Dennis Voytko and Sharon Bell, and then Leroy will report on the Pension Plan Language, and Part-Time Dues. Due to some personal and family considerations there are some new openings on the Workin 4 A Livin slate – experienced members with such interest please contact us.

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Here is the Pension Plan language we are talking about on this show:

 

Pension Funding Language

 

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Part-Time Member Correct Dues

OPINION

Detroit May 19, 2018: The UAW Leadership On The Matter Of Part-Time Member’s Dues Calculation Has Been Sorely Lacking, And Sadly Is Void Of Any “Administrative Letter” Giving Proper Direction By UAW President. Therefore, This Explanatory Opinion Is Being Offered So As To Fill The Void In Leadership:

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Paying Too Much In Dues

 

 

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2018-05-13 TEAM Workin 4 A Livin Radio Show

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Happy Mother’s Day – 2018

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Mother’s Day seems harmless enough. Treat mom to brunch. Buy flowers. Good times.

But the story of the modern holiday—which is celebrated this Sunday in the United States and many other nations—is rife with controversy, conflict, and consumerism run amok. Some strange – but-true – facts you probably don’t know:

1. Mother’s Day started as an anti-war movement.

Anna Jarvis is most often credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States.
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Anna Jarvis, founder of the modern version of Mother’s Day, fought against the the commercialization of the holiday, working to protect it from “the hordes of money schemers.”
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Designated as the second Sunday in May by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, aspects of that holiday have since spread overseas, sometimes mingling with local traditions. Jarvis took great pains to acquire and defend her role as “Mother of Mother’s Day,” and to focus the day on children celebrating their mothers. (Read more about Mother’s Day’s early years.)

But others had the idea first, and with different agendas.

Julia Ward Howe, better known for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” promoted a Mothers’ Peace Day beginning in 1872. For Howe and other antiwar activists, including Anna Jarvis’s mother, Mother’s Day was a way to promote global unity after the horrors of the American Civil War and Europe’s Franco-Prussian War.

“Howe called for women to gather once a year in parlors, churches, or social halls, to listen to sermons, present essays, sing hymns or pray if they wished—all in the name of promoting peace,” said Katharine Antolini, an historian at West Virginia Wesleyan College and author of Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day.

Several American cities including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago held annual June 2nd Mothers’ Day services until roughly 1913, Antolini says. (See “Nat Geo Photographers’ Favorite Photos of Their Moms”.)

These early Mother’s Day movements became popular only among peace activist groups and faded when other promoters took center stage.

2. A former football coach promoted an early version of Mother’s Day—and was accused of “kidnapping” the holiday.

Frank Hering, a former football coach and faculty member at University of Notre Dame, also proposed the idea of a Mother’s Day before Anna Jarvis. In 1904 Hering urged an Indianapolis gathering of the Fraternal Order of Eagles to support “setting aside of one day in the year as a nationwide memorial to the memory of Mothers and motherhood.” (See pictures of animal mothers and their babies.)

Hering didn’t suggest a specific day or month for the observance, though he did note a preference for Mother’s Day falling on a Sunday. Local “aeries” of the Fraternal Order of Eagles took up Hering’s challenge. Today the organization still bills Hering and the Eagles as the “true founders of Mother’s Day.”

Anna Jarvis did not like the thought of Mother’s Day having a “father” in Hering. She blasted him in an undated 1920s statement entitled “Kidnapping Mother’s Day: Will You Be an Accomplice?”

“Do me the justice of refraining from furthering the selfish interests of this claimant,” Jarvis wrote, “who is making a desperate effort to snatch from me the rightful title of originator and founder of Mother’s Day, established by me after decades of untold labor, time, and expense.”

Antolini says that Jarvis, who never had children, was acting partly out of ego: “Everything she signed was Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day. It was who she was.”

3. FDR designed a Mother’s Day stamp. Or at least he tried.
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A woman holds a 1934 poster advertising a Mother’s Day stamp that was designed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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Woodrow Wilson wasn’t the only president to put his stamp on Mother’s Day. Franklin Delano Roosevelt personally designed a 1934 postage stamp to commemorate the day.

The president co-opted a stamp that was originally meant to honor 19th-century painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler and featured the artist’s famed “Whistler’s Mother” portrait , of Anna McNeill Whistler. FDR surrounded the iconic maternal image with a dedication: “IN MEMORY AND IN HONOR OF THE MOTHERS OF AMERICA.”

Anna Jarvis didn’t approve of the design and refused to allow the words “Mother’s Day” to appear on the stamp—so they never did. “Overall, she thought the stamp ugly,” Antolini says.

4. Mother’s Day’s founder hated those who fundraised off the holiday.

Since Mother’s Day’s early years, some groups have seized on it as a chance to raise funds for various charitable causes—including mothers in need. Anna Jarvis hated that.

“She called those charities Christian pirates,” Antolini said. “Today most of us would think it was wonderful to use the day to raise funds to support poor mothers or families of World War I veterans or another worthy group but she hated them for that.”

Much of the reason why, Antolini says, is that in the days before charity watchdog organizations Jarvis simply didn’t trust fundraisers to deliver the money to the people it was supposed to help. “She resented the idea that profiteers would use the day as just another way of making money,” Antolini says.

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5. The mother of Mother’s Day lost everything in fight to protect her holiday.

It didn’t take long for Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day to get commercialized, with Jarvis fighting against what it became.

“To have Mother’s Day the burdensome, wasteful, expensive gift day that Christmas and other special days have become, is not our pleasure,” she wrote in the 1920s. “If the American people are not willing to protect Mother’s Day from the hordes of money schemers that would overwhelm it with their schemes, then we shall cease having a Mother’s Day—and we know how.”

Jarvis never profited from the day, despite ample opportunities afforded by her status as a minor celebrity. In fact, she went broke using what monies she had battling the holiday’s commercialization.

In poor health and with her emotional stability in question, she died penniless at age 84 after living the last four years of her life in the Marshall Square Sanitarium, Antolini says.

6. Courts Heard “Custody Battles” Over Mother’s Day

Anna Jarvis always considered Mother’s Day her intellectual and legal property and wasn’t afraid to lawyer up in its defense.

She included a warning on some Mother’s Day International Association Press releases: “Any charity, institution, hospital, organization, or business using Mother’s Day names, work, emblem, or celebration for getting money, making sales or on printed forms should be held as imposters by proper authorities, and reported to this association.”

Antolini says it’s difficult to determine from scattered court documents just how litigious Jarvis was, but a 1944 Newsweek article reported that she once had as many as 33 simultaneously pending Mother’s Day lawsuits.

7. Flowers are an original tradition that endures (sort of).

The white carnation, the favorite flower of Anna Jarvis’s mother, was the original flower of Mother’s Day.

“The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying,” Jarvis explained in a 1927 interview.

The most popular flower choice today seems to be “mom’s favorite.”
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Boasting springlike temperatures year-round, northern Ecuador has the ideal conditions for growing roses. Supplying nearly a quarter of the roses sold in the U.S., the rose and cut-flower industry in Ecuador is providing thousands of jobs to local residents and keeping families together.

Honorable Mention: Mother’s Day 2017 Will Be a $23 Billion Cash Cow

This is not about history—it’s about now: objections to charity fund raising and rampant commercialism have come to absolutely nothing. Mother’s Day spending this year will top $23 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Mother’s Day spending survey.

Americans will spend an average of $186.39 on mom this year. Seventy-seven percent plan to send a greeting card, according to the survey, and Hallmark reports that Mother’s Day is the third most popular card-sending holiday behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

About 69% of Americans will send mom flowers. And 36% plan to buy mom jewelry. (See “Father’s Day at 100: How It Began, Why Dad Gets Fewer Gifts.”)

The National Restaurant Association, meanwhile, reports that Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday of the entire year to dine out, with nearly half of all Americans hitting a restaurant, according to NRA research.

This article has been updated.

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2018-05-06 TEAM Workin 4 A Livin Radio Show

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As was promised on Sunday’s radio show; here is a compilation of information that includes Alexander Tytler’s 8 cycles of Democracy:

 

Tytler's 8 Cycles of Democracy

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In case that is not very legible here they are individually:

EIGHT CYCLES OF DEMOCRACY

By

Alexander Tytler

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.


The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
    2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
    3. From courage to liberty;
    4. From liberty to abundance;
    5. From abundance to complacency;
    6. From complacency to apathy;
    7. From apathy to dependence;
    8. From dependence back into bondage. (Tyranny)

 


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Multiple Explosions At Magnesium Parts Plant

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2018-05-02 EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — At about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday fire crews responded to multiple explosions at Meridian Magnesium Products of America in Eaton Rapids two workers injured, and forced evacuation of the plant; located about 20 miles southwest of Lansing, MI.

 

Magnesium Fire

Large fire burns after explosion at Michigan plant; 2 hurt

 

Authorities say explosions and a large fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan injured two people and forced the evacuation of workers.

The city’s Mayor Paul Malewski told the Lansing State Journal that the plant’s roof has been destroyed. The flames subsided later Wednesday morning. Malewski says no homes have been evacuated and the smoke has dissipated because of strong winds.

Malewski says an initial explosion at the plant about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Detroit set off a series of explosions. WILX-TV reports people felt the blast miles away.

The cause is under investigation.

The newspaper says the two injured people have been treated at a hospital.

 

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2018-05-01 Origins Of May Day In The U.S.

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The Bloody Story of How May Day Became a Holiday for Workers

2018-05-01 Detroit: In 1958, President Eisenhower signed a resolution naming May 1 “Loyalty Day”; “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States of America and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”
Celebrations on May 1 have long had two, seemingly contradictory meanings. On one hand, May Day is known for maypoles, flowers and welcoming the spring. On the other hand, it’s a day of worker solidarity and protest; though the U.S. observes its official Labor Day in September, many countries will celebrate Labor Day on Monday.

How did that happen?

Like so many historical twists, by complete accident. As TIME explained in 1929, “To old-fashioned people, May Day means flowers, grass, picnics, children, clean frocks. To up-and-doing Socialists and Communists it means speechmaking, parading, bombs, brickbats, conscientious violence. This connotation dates back to May Day, 1886, when some 200,000 U. S. workmen engineered a nationwide strike for an eight-hour day.”

The May 1, 1886, labor action wasn’t just any strike—it was part of what became known as the Haymarket affair. On May 1 of that year, Chicago (along with other cities) was the site of a major union demonstration in support of the eight-hour workday. The Chicago protests were meant to be part of several days of action. On May 3, a strike at the McCormick Reaper plant in the city turned violent; the next day, a peaceful meeting at Haymarket Square became even more so. Here’s how TIME summed it up in 1938:

A few minutes after ten o’clock on the night of May 4, 1886, a storm began to blow up in Chicago. As the first drops of rain fell, a crowd in Haymarket Square, in the packing house district, began to break up. At eight o’clock there had been 3,000 persons on hand, listening to anarchists denounce the brutality of the police and demand the eight-hour day, but by ten there were only a few hundred. The mayor, who had waited around in expectation of trouble, went home, and went to bed. The last speaker was finishing his talk when a delegation of 180 policemen marched from the station a block away to break up what remained of the meeting. They stopped a short distance from the speaker’s wagon. As a captain ordered the meeting to disperse, and the speaker cried out that it was a peaceable gathering, a bomb exploded in the police ranks. It wounded 67 policemen, of whom seven died. The police opened fire, killing several men and wounding 200, and the Haymarket Tragedy became a part of U. S. history.

In 1889, the International Socialist Conference declared that, in commemoration of the Haymarket affair, May 1 would be an international holiday for labor, now known in many places as International Workers’ Day.

In the U.S., that holiday came in for particular contempt during the anti-communist fervor of the early Cold War. In July of 1958, President Eisenhower signed a resolution named May 1 “Loyalty Day” in an attempt to avoid any hint of solidarity with the “workers of the world” on May Day. The resolution declared that it would be “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States of America and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”

By LILY ROTHMAN
Updated: May 1, 2017 8:16 AM ET | Originally published: May 1, 2015

 

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