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2020-05-10 Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

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May 10, 2020 Happy Mother’s Day! While 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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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 Mother’s Day History Article Has Been Updated.

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2020 – Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

2020 – Workers Memorial Day – 2020

(2020 Theme)

Remember The Dead,
Fight For The Living,
Stop the Pandemic at Work!

Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and more than 40 years ago, Congress passed the Mine Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved lives. But our work is not done. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more suffer injury or illness because of their jobs.

Corporate interests have taken over safety agencies under the Trump administration. Not only has progress stalled, but the administration has weakened or repealed key protections that keep us safe at work and slashed safety agency budgets and staff. Now, there has been no action to protect workers from infectious diseases like COVID-19, heat illness, silica in mining and exposure to toxic chemicals. The number of workplace safety inspectors has never been lower.

The labor movement and allies have fought back to block some of these attacks. We won permanent compensation for those made ill by the 9/11 attacks, and we are fighting for laws that would protect workers from preventable workplace violence, heat illness, asbestos exposures and the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through our workplaces.

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO will observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for action on hazards that cause unnecessary injury, illness and death. We will stand united against the ongoing attacks on workers’ rights and protections, and demand that elected officials put working people’s well-being above corporate interests. We will fight for the right of every worker to a safe job until that promise is fulfilled.

~ National AFL-CIO

2020-03-17 social media censorship

Social Media Censorship

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March 17, 2020: Social Media Censorship! This Morning When I Woke Up At About 4am I Created And Posted The Below Post On Facebook – Reposted To 4 Additional Groups. This Post Was As A Follow Up To Both A March 13th Workin 4 A Living Blog Post, and March 15th Workin 4 A Livin Radio Show – both posted on as many as 57 FaceBook groups. All of the actions by Gov’t, Corp and Union leadership were subsequent to both of those posts.

This evening at 7pm I was notified that FaceBook had removed the below post because is “violated community standards”. With only 3 reposts it was not SPAM, as the Task Force referred to in the 9:09am Fox6Now.com article was subsequent to both leadership criticisms, it was not at all misleading. Yet and still, FaceBook, prompted or motivated, by forces unknown to us removed this post:

Censored n Removed By Facebook

Censored n Removed By Facebook

This Was The Text Of The Actual Post:

“My… My… My… Look What Happens When You PUSH LEADERSHIP REAL HARD!!! A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT, BUT HELP SEEMS TO BE ON THE WAY! REMEMBER… THEY’VE KNOW THIS WAS COMING HERE SINCE EARLY JANUARY. ALL MY FRIENDS HAVE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT… BECAUSE I BOUGHT 8 WEEKS AGO!!!

fox6now.com/2020/03/16/gm-ford-fca-uaw-team-up-to-form-coronavirus-task-force/”

 

This is very troubling, as they have injected themselves as defenders of poor leadership, by censoring criticism of such poor leadership at what ever level. Under the guise of “violating community standards”.

This is VERY VERY TROUBLING!!!

CoVid 19 – A Facebook Video Worth Watching. No matter what you may think about the presenter.

On The Corporate Side:

Sure, GM and Ford – expect FCA to follow soon – have directed workers “who can” to work from home.

The problem IS: you cannot build cars from home so their policy is feeble at best.

And… You may actually KILL your workforce if you don’t provide basic protective equipment at each and every work station.

Also, most Universities and local schools have TOTALLY closed, as they truly understand how such action this is to protecting their communities.

On The Union Side:

Our UAW After cancelling the Financial Conference in San Antonio, Texas; implemented “Travel Ban”.

However,  earlier this week an e-mail was sent indicating that the “CLUW” (Coalition of Labor Union Women) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia was not cancelled, and yesterday women labor union activists from all around the country boarded planes bound for Atlanta to attend the CLUW Conference, and were not notified of the conference being cancelled until having arrived in Atlanta.

THIS IS IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE “TRAVEL BAN” THE UAW SAID IT IMPLIMENTED!

Thus, what leadership is being exhibited is being contradicted and under-minded, and thus otherwise good policies FAILED and INEFFECTIVE!

FAILURE TO DEMAND – WORK STATION HEALTH AND SAFETY!

We need to keep in mind that all our UAW contracts have health and safety clauses contained in them. I can think if no greater threat to life itself than this CoVid 19 Pandemic.

Yet and still UAW members from virtually all types of occupations, Skilled Trades, Assembly Workers, Transportation Workers, Aerospace Worker, Office Workers, etc… Are being required to report to work during this dangerous, if not fatal, time of risk.

Other than wash your hands, our UAW leadership is mute on the protections and/or required safety equipment during this time. For example, under threat of Union-Wide Strike, why are there no demands of Corporations and Governmental Agencies to provide Medical Face Masks and Hand Sanitizers/Disinfectants, such as Purell, at every work station for each UAW member for as long as CoVid 19 remains a risk to life itself.

We find these contradictory, and failed “Travel Ban” policy, and the lack of demands for basic personal protections in the workplace to be not only appalling, but also a threat to the very lives of our members.

WE NOT ONLY DESERVE, BUT ALSO NEED PROTECTIVE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER ON EVERY WORK STATION.

As such, failed and lacking leadership is totally unacceptable, and placing our Union at great liability for such failures.

UAW MEMBERS DESERVE BETTER – FROM OUR EMPLOYERS AND OUR UNION!!!

Interestingly enough, true leadership is not just about resolutions, special conventions or defending oneself from prosecution, but rather in the interest of the members!!!

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1. What Went Wrong With Our Country? A Defining Of The Problem.

2. Should “Corporate Citizens” Also Be Subject To The Same Treason Laws Of The United States As Human Citizens?

3. STATE OF THE UNION: Response From A Labor Perspective.

4. Appeal Of The 2019 UAW/GM Contract Ratification Vote.

5. 2020-02-03 – IEB Signs Article 31 Charges.

Workin 4 A Livin is about the meaning of work for men and women from all backgrounds – in the union and non-union jobs – who are working for a living every day at their job. For them to get the latest union news, to discuss and learn about the meaning of work within labor unions. We invite you to join us, our podcasts are on I-Tunes, Stitcher, Player. FM and Blog Talk Radio; and can be found on the top right of our website “workin4alivin .com”.Member – Michigan Association of Broadcasters

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2020-03-13 failed corporate, government and union leadership

Failed CoVid 19 Leadership

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March 13, 2020: ALL Workers Required To Report To Work DESERVE A Face Mask And Sanitizer On Their Work Station! The Corporate. Government And Union Leadership Are Failing The Workers Of America! Our UAW members, especially, deserve better than what is being demonstrated during this Corona-Virus “CoVid 19” Pandemic.

CoVid 19 – A Facebook Video Worth Watching. No matter what you may think about the presenter.

On The Corporate Side:

Sure, GM and Ford – expect FCA to follow soon – have directed workers “who can” to work from home.

The problem IS: you cannot build cars from home so their policy is feeble at best.

And… You may actually KILL your workforce if you don’t provide basic protective equipment at each and every work station.

Also, most Universities and local schools have TOTALLY closed, as they truly understand how such action this is to protecting their communities.

On The Union Side:

Our UAW After cancelling the Financial Conference in San Antonio, Texas; implemented “Travel Ban”.

However,  earlier this week an e-mail was sent indicating that the “CLUW” (Coalition of Labor Union Women) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia was not cancelled, and yesterday women labor union activists from all around the country boarded planes bound for Atlanta to attend the CLUW Conference, and were not notified of the conference being cancelled until having arrived in Atlanta.

THIS IS IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE “TRAVEL BAN” THE UAW SAID IT IMPLIMENTED!

Thus, what leadership is being exhibited is being contradicted and under-minded, and thus otherwise good policies FAILED and INEFFECTIVE!

FAILURE TO DEMAND – WORK STATION HEALTH AND SAFETY!

We need to keep in mind that all our UAW contracts have health and safety clauses contained in them. I can think if no greater threat to life itself than this CoVid 19 Pandemic.

Yet and still UAW members from virtually all types of occupations, Skilled Trades, Assembly Workers, Transportation Workers, Aerospace Worker, Office Workers, etc… Are being required to report to work during this dangerous, if not fatal, time of risk.

Other than wash your hands, our UAW leadership is mute on the protections and/or required safety equipment during this time. For example, under threat of Union-Wide Strike, why are there no demands of Corporations and Governmental Agencies to provide Medical Face Masks and Hand Sanitizers/Disinfectants, such as Purell, at every work station for each UAW member for as long as CoVid 19 remains a risk to life itself.

We find these contradictory, and failed “Travel Ban” policy, and the lack of demands for basic personal protections in the workplace to be not only appalling, but also a threat to the very lives of our members.

WE NOT ONLY DESERVE, BUT ALSO NEED PROTECTIVE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER ON EVERY WORK STATION.

As such, failed and lacking leadership is totally unacceptable, and placing our Union at great liability for such failures.

UAW MEMBERS DESERVE BETTER – FROM OUR EMPLOYERS AND OUR UNION!!!

Interestingly enough, true leadership is not just about resolutions, special conventions or defending oneself from prosecution, but rather in the interest of the members!!!

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Important Legacy Shows:

1. What Went Wrong With Our Country? A Defining Of The Problem.

2. Should “Corporate Citizens” Also Be Subject To The Same Treason Laws Of The United States As Human Citizens?

3. STATE OF THE UNION: Response From A Labor Perspective.

4. Appeal Of The 2019 UAW/GM Contract Ratification Vote.

5. 2020-02-03 – IEB Signs Article 31 Charges.

Workin 4 A Livin is about the meaning of work for men and women from all backgrounds – in the union and non-union jobs – who are working for a living every day at their job. For them to get the latest union news, to discuss and learn about the meaning of work within labor unions. We invite you to join us, our podcasts are on I-Tunes, Stitcher, Player. FM and Blog Talk Radio; and can be found on the top right of our website “workin4alivin .com”.Member – Michigan Association of Broadcasters

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2020-02-11 White Shirt Day

White Shirt Day

WHITE SHIRT DAY

Today we celebrate the anniversary of February 11, 1937. It all began on December 30/31, 1936, and continued as an often bloody sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan, until it ended with the first union agreement between the United Autoworkers (UAW) and General Motors on February 11, 1937.  UAW Local Union 659 was born out of that strike, and its hall became known as “The Pioneer Hall Of The UAW”. Later, on February 11, 1948 Bert Christenson, a member of UAW Local 598 (A sister Local Union in Flint), initiated National White Shirt/White T-shirt Day. The wearing of a white shirt was to send a message to management – who all wore white shirts every day – that we workers were every bit as good as they are. This manufacturing plant, and the “Pioneer Hall” is the root of our great union.

Unfortunately… Today, there is not a brick left standing of that entire 78 acre manufacturing complex, and the “Pioneer Hall” has been sold by the IUAW, and is currently a head shop. What a shameful mindset. In nature the analogy would be; “If you can kill the root, you can kill the tree”. In real life the analogy would be; “If you can kill its root, you can kill the Union.” Please never let us forget, deny or forsake our roots, and always strive to keep our union ALIVE and WELL!

The Author – Leroy McKnight – hired into the plant where the sit-down initiated, and today all that remains is the Michigan Historical Marker – designating the site of the Flint Sit-Down Strike. The marker is located on the northwest intersection Chevrolet Avenue, and the Flint River. Later the plant was known as “Chevy – Down In The Hole”. Brother McKnight’s first job station was about 70 feet to the northwest of the Historical Marker. While walking out on his second day in the plant and old sit-downer, grabbed him by the shoulder and said:

People died right here on this sidewalk so you could work here today, and don’t you EVER FORGET IT!!!” He never has…

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2020-02-08 Vance Pearson Plea Agreement

Vance Pearson Plea Agreement

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February 8, 2020: Vance Pearson Plea Agreement – Past Director Of UAW Region 5, who has previously resigned his membership, and is no longer a member; has made a plea agreement with the Federal Prosecutors. Below is his plea agreement:

Vance Pearson’s Plea Agreement:

2020-02-08 Vance Pearson Plea

 

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2019-12-05 Joe Ashton Plea Agreement – Actual Document

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December 05, 2019: Joe Ashton’s Guilty Plea Agreement – The Public Court Filing.

This Is Why UAW Members Want The Corruption To End In Their Union, And A Change To The Way Top Officers Are Selected.

ALL WHO HAVE VIOLATED THE TRUST OF THE UAW MEMBERSHIP SHOULD BE HELD TO ACCOUNT!

Here is the actual Joe Ashton – Guilty Plea – Court Document:

Joe Ashton Plea

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2019-11-28 Happy ThanksGiving

2019 Happy Thanksgiving

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November 28, 2019: On This Day Of Thanksgiving, Those With Ability Are Called Upon To Stay Strong As They Stand Up For Those Who Lack Ability; So That They Too May Have Blessings To Count.

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Thanksgiving Message

On this Thanksgiving Day as we give thanks for what we have been blessed with in our lives. Our Workin 4 A Livin TEAM gives thanks for our families, friends, all of our sister and brother co-workers, our loyal listeners and for our union that has provided us with for a more bountiful life.

To be sure, throughout the eight decades of our union, the UAW has endured many challenges. Born out of the unimaginable hardships during the great depression, and by and through the Federal Law known as “The Wagner Act”; the Federal law that gives legal authority to all unions.

Yes, at a time when hope was most needed by people who had little to no hope… Unions gave hope for a better life.

Certainly, this hope was not easily achieved, there were many instances of violence and even death at places like the great Flint sit-down strike, with the “Battle of the Bulls”, and the “Battle of the Overpass” at the River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan and many others…

Even after the first General Motors agreement in Flint, there was still much opposition from a second caucus, yes for several years a “company caucus” prevented greater than 50% membership within the rank and file workforce. During the ensuing decades, as solidarity grew, there were many gains, but there was also much pain – through the triennial strikes that produced gains such as: Cost of Living, Health Care, Pensions, ever higher wages and ever lower hours. Unfortunately, as we now realize daily, the bounties born from such a strong labor ethos – seems to have weakened and waned especially during the last decade or so.

As we all seek understanding and reason for such a weak Labor Ethos, we need look no farther than the 1971, “The Powell Memorandum” that – with some success  – sought to control the bargaining table through corporations own political actions, through radio, TV, print media, and universities; and sought to subvert union leaders themselves. Unfortunately, droves of “Powellists” – both outside our membership, and yes some leaders within our own union – have emerged for the purpose of personal or organizational gain at the great expense of us rank and file members including temporary & seniority active and retired members.

Even today, as we give thanks for our unions and those who have gone before us to pave the way for better lives, there are those persons, some among the leadership who have succumbed to the temptations of greed and have abused their awesome power for personal gain.

So today… Let us remember:

Right is right even if no one is doing it;

wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it, and

there is no ‘past practice’ THAT JUSTIFIES WRONG DOING TODAY.”

Our solace is: that it remains, even in the year 2019, that the hope of better wages, working conditions and hours of employment is achieved only when good women and men ban together in an organized way to mitigate the ever-present greed of corporations by and through the use of a “Certified Union Structure”!

So… On this Thanksgiving Day, in addition to our family and friends, let us all give thanks for the hope all unions, and our union the UAW, represent; and give thanks for the persistence of well intended, experienced women and men – void of personal or organizational gain – who through the compliance of the rules and regulations set forth – promote stronger unions. And… Let us all shun “learned-helplessness”; reject corporate greed; and embrace a strong, unified, and determined – Labor Ethos of our Union!

On this day of thanks giving may your God bless you , and keep you, your friends and family prosperous and safe from harm.

In Solidarity,

Leroy McKnight

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2019-11-20 GM SUES FCA

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GM SUES FCA - Image

GM SUES FCA – Image

November 20, 2019 General Motors (GM) Sues Fiat Chrysler of America (FCA); Allegations Include Corruption Affected Its UAW Relationship. While Most Mainstream Media Is Focused On The Two Auto Giants, If Racketeering Is Proven In This Federal Law Suit; What Impact Will That Decision Have On The UAW? Workin 4 A Livin – where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

Here Is The Document For The GM Lawsuit Of FCA :

GM sues FCA

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2019-11-20 UAW-IEB Charges Gary Jones – Actual Charges

UAW IEB Charges of Gary Jones

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November 20, 2019 UAW International Executive Board Charges – Actual Document – Against Gary Jones. Workin 4 A Livin – where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

Here Is The Document For The UAW International Executive Board Article 30 Charges Against Gary Jones

Article 30 charges against Gary Jones

Article 30 Charges Against Gary Jones – Actual Document

Notice that there are three (3) separate charges, and NOT one (1) charge with three (3) elements under that single charge. That is so that each of the three charges stands alone on its own merit, in case that Gary Jones is exonerated on one or even two of the charges the other charge still stands for possible conviction. Unlike if the charges were bundled under one charge with three elements; then if Gary Jones is exonerated on even one of the elements of the single charge that would negate the entire single charge. Thus, these charges were done properly regarding the 3 separate charges.

However, there appears to be two procedural problems with another aspect of the charges. Interestingly, we have to leave that to Jones and his chosen counsel to figure out on their own. Of course, this is simply editorial opinion as observed in this single charging document that is absent of any and all supporting documents.

Workin 4 A Livin is about the meaning of work for men and women from all backgrounds – in the union and non-union jobs – who are working for a living every day at their job. For them to get the latest union news, to discuss and learn about the meaning of work within labor unions. We invite you to find us, our podcasts are on I-Tunes, Stitcher, Player. FM and Blog Talk Radio; and can be found on the top right of our website “workin4alivin .com”.

 

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