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Union Contract Expires – Then What?

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May 19, 2019: Local Agreement Expires – Then What? Unfair Labor Practice Regarding Purchase Of Business vs Purchase Of Property? Replaced While On Strike? Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, and Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00pm edt, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers 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.

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.”
Do You Know Where Your Roses Come From?

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.

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Phillips Curve

Phillips Curve

Phillips Curve

May 10, 2019 The “Phillips Curve” Has Never Lied, but People Currently Are – either unemployment is low or inflation/interest rates are low – but both CANNOT BE LOW AT THE SAME TIME!!!

The “Phillips Curve” is a complex calculation that results in a curved on a graph between the rate of unemployment, and the inflation rate, often co-related by interest rates.

Here is what a simplified “Phillips Curve” actually looks like:

Phillips Curve

Very Rudimentary and Simplified Representation of The Phillips Curve

As is indicated on this “Phillips Curve” graph when unemployment is low inflation ought to be higher, and this is usually achieved by raising interest rates in an effort to offset low unemployment. The inverse occurs when unemployment is high interest rates ought to be much lower to then stimulate the economy.

The Phillips Curve never lies – only people lie.

That means as we currently have both low inflation/interest rates, as well as low unemployment, then one of those numbers is being incorrectly reported.

As we can all see the inflation rates as represented via interest rates and they are relatively low, then the TRUE unemployment rate must quite high. There is no other logical narrative for this phenomenon – other than the TRUE unemployment rate is considerably higher than what is currently being reported by the Department of Labor!

The opinion here is: The U.S. Unemployment Rate is being GREATLY UNDER-REPORTED!

The Officials of the U.S. Government would never LIE now would they?

 

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Happy Cinco de Mayo

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May 05, 2019: Happy Cinco de Mayo, and tragedies in the UAW!!! Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, and Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00pm edt, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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Detroit 3 CBA – Competitive Clauses

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April 28, 2019: Detroit 3 CBA – Competitive Clauses vs Labor Ethos!!! Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, and Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00pm edt, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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REBUTTAL – TO GM CEO’s PR TOUR!!!

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April 14, 2019: REBUTTAL – TO GM CEO’s PR TOUR and VOLKSWAGEN ORGANIZING DRIVE!!! Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, and Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00 pm edt, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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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Radio Show – TEMPORARIES… THE CONSTITUTION… RAMIFICATIONS!!!

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April 7, 2019: Temporaries… The Constitution… Ramifications!!! Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, and Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00pm edt, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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2019-03-24 Workin 4 A Livin Radio Show – GM & The UAW In The News

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March 24, 2019: GM AND THE UAW IN THE NEWS; 2000 LAS VEGAS CASINO WORKERS JOIN THE UAW. Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, I’m your Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00pm edt, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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GM BOND & SHARE HOLDERS TAKE NOTICE:

GM Stock n Bond Holders Take Notice

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Opinion: March 18, 2019… General Motors turns down sales in the U.S; while increasing manufacturing in Mexico.  Yesterday, Betram de Souza a Youngstown Vindicator writer reported on a recent “Power Point” presentation that reportedly, “Offered to buy thousands of Chevrolet Cruzes a year for five years from General Motors. The only proviso: The Cruzes had to be built at the company’s Lordstown plant.” The purpose of this offer to purchase, was to build an UBER Ride Share Fleet.

Today a Workin 4 A Livin investigative reporter has discovered that the actual number of Cruzes offered to purchase – by highly respected businessman Bernie Moreno of Cleveland, Ohio –  was NOT just “thousands”, but rather tens of thousands of Cruzes each year over a five year period.

Keep in mind, this tens of thousands of additional yearly sales would be on top of the 142,000 Cruzes built last year at the Lordstown, Ohio Assembly Plant. Reportedly, this aggregate number would have likely retained 2 shifts at the Lordstown plant for the next 5 years.

I recall in 1978 GM CEO Thomas Murphy defining General Motor’s purpose as: “To give the customer; What they want… When they want it… At an affordable price.” This current action, by the current GM CEO Mary Barra leadership team , most assuredly flies in the face of G.M.’s defined purpose by “true automotive executives” who truly knew the auto industry, and such corporate governance de-facto jeopardizes the price of General Motors stock share value, and the bond values.

This latest revelation begs for the G.M. Stock and Bond holder activists to bring their power to bear on the current G.M. leadership, and demand a change in not only this current leadership, but also in this “U.S. Corporate Citizen’s” overall plan as they continue to target the U.S. Market to sell their vehicles, while at the same time, reducing overall affordability through wage suppression and job “off-shoring”.

While you are at it, review and put an end  to G.M.’s policy on “Corporate Life Insurance” aka “Dead Peasant’s Insurance.”

The principles had the following to say to Betram de Souza regarding this matter:

General Motors – Daniel Flores, GM Corporate spokesman:

[Keep in mind that G.M. CEO Mary Barra has publicly stated; The small car is not selling, and we have had to make tough decisions.}

“GM leadership took into consideration a variety of market factors when we made the product and manufacturing-related decisions announced last November 26th. The decision to discontinue the Cruze was made in response to market-related declines in customer demand for passenger cars. We don’t believe this segment is viable for us.

“These were very difficult decisions because we know they impact people, families and communities. We’ve been successful with offering job opportunities for Lordstown employees at other U.S. plants that build products in growing market segments.

“The long-term disposition of the Lordstown facility will be determined in the UAW/GM contract negotiations later this year.”

Mr. Bernie Moreno – Distinguished and reputable Businessman of Cleveland, Ohio:

Stated;”He had signed a nondisclosure agreement and, therefore, could not say anything.”

UAW International Union – Brian Rothenberg, head of public relations:

Stated; “The international had not heard about the Moreno offer, but pointed out that UAW International President Gary Jones has said the union is ‘committed to leaving no stone unturned.'”

Not a single principle denied that the Power Point offer existed, and the International UAW leadership has another “unknown” stone to turn over and examine.

Also, does this raise to the level of TREASON?

 

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2019-03-17 Workin 4 A Livin Radio Show – Post Bargaining Convention

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March 17, 2019: “POST- BARGAINING CONVENTION”, Types of Strikes, Best thing members can do during contract time, Loyal Opposition, and Trumps Lordstown Tweet. Please join Co-Host Jeff Brown, with Moderator Leroy McKnight, tonight at 7:00pm est, and by podcast any time thereafter; where these “Progressives For Change Offer Opinions That Matter”.

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“I’ve been troubled lately by the overall negative tone of our membership at this critical time. In our country right now there is a bit of a renaissance in labor. The teachers are energized, the flight attendants, grad students are making noise. New sectors are being organized all the time. In contrast, many of us autoworkers are behaving like spoiled children…. Me, me, me.. The International did this and that.. Blah, blah.. Same old stuff.

We haven’t even begun to negotiate yet and all I hear is negativity. Some would have you believe that all our problems are the fault of our leadership. And truthfully they deserve some scrutiny. But, the reality is that there is plenty of blame to go around. Who has the final say on our National Ageements anyway? The membership… that’s who. And we have been ratifying concessionary contracts for decades.

Others will fall back on the same old talking points about past injustices, thinking that it justifies whatever argument they need it to. It doesn’t. And it doesn’t do us any good right now either. Brothers and Sisters, looking backwards will not take us where we need to be. Only by looking forward will we be successful.

The real question we should be asking ourselves is what are we willing to do to achieve our goals? Are you willing to at least let our negotiators do their damn jobs before you start sniping?? Because everyone deserves a chance to do their job. Afterall, we do have the final say with our votes. To undercut our own bargaining is asinine. Are you willing to get off your asses and go to your union meetings and ask questions? Are you willing to put on a red shirt on Wednesday and give management visual message they can’t miss?? How can we reasonably expect to have a big victory in the fall when we can’t even be bothered to do the small things?

So we can sit around and belly ache about old news or we can do something positive with the opportunity in front of us. If we split into factions nothing good will happen. There are many ways to screw it up, but only one way to succeed… We need to stand together and stop the infighting for the good of all of us. We must get ACTIVE, and get EDUCATED, and we must put aside our differences and UNITE!”

 

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