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NLRB Takes Boeing To Court For Union Busting

5:27 am in Uncategorized by Bill Egnor

Union Thug

Union Thug by LizaWasHere

In another example of disaster capitalism, the Boeing company decided in 2009, at the height of the devastating loss of jobs in this country, to build a new plant to produce the “Dreamliner” aircraft. That sounds like it should be good news, no? Well, according to the NLRB, it was a union-busting move.

Instead of building the plant in Washington State where most of the Boeing aircrafts have been built for decades, Boeing decided to locate its new plant in South Carolina. SC is a so-called “right to work” state with not much labor movement to speak of. Which allows Boeing to hire non-union employees to staff the plant.

The crux of this dispute:  Was Boeing’s decision just a case of the company building a plant where they are assured there will be less union activity, and thus less chance that strikes that would delay the production of the 787’s?  Or was it done to weaken the power of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union representing 25,000 Boeing workers?

This lead to a dispute before the National Labor Relations Board, and now the Board is bringing suit against Boeing for unfair labor practices.

From McClatchy:

Catherine Fisk, a law professor at the University of California at Irvine, said the Boeing case is similar to a string of NLRB actions going back decades in which the labor agency charged companies with shifting jobs from union to non-organized workers.

“The heart of the NLRB case (against Boeing) is that opening the South Carolina plant was done for purposes of intimidating the Washington employees from striking again or from being unduly aggressive in their wage demands,” Fisk said

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Goverment Shut Down Looms, Time To End The GOP Hostage Habit

5:14 am in banality of evil, jerks by Bill Egnor

GOP Ostrich

GOP Ostrich by stormbear, on Flickr

There are many ways to fall into bad habits, but the easiest is when one tries a vice and then is rewarded for having done so. This is where the nation is with the Congressional Republicans. Their vice has been economic hostage taking, and like all successful hostage takers, when they want something they look around of the nearest economic crisis to grab a hold of and insist that they get their way.

Which is exactly where we are with the impending, and probably inevitable, government shut down; their least reasonable members, newly elected (thanks midterm voters) have been signaling for months that if they did not get every little mean spirited and economically moronic thing they wanted, they would shutter the Federal Government.

Now with Speaker Boehner (Putz-OH) reneging on his privately agreed to cuts, there is little chance that there will be an agreement and a vote. In fact there would have to be a bill published today in order to be able to follow the new House rule of 72 hours before a vote, for there to be anything to vote on by the deadline on Friday.

It is not like the Republicans think that the public is going to be kind to them on this issue. Their leadership remembers how it played out in 1995 and they don’t want to go into another presidential election with weak candidates and a sour taste for their party in the mouths of the electorate.

Which is why they are trying to do everything they can to pin this on the Democrats. Too bad the facts are all against them. Today they are going to introduce another Continuing Resolution that would extend spending for another week. Sounds good until you hear what the price tag is.

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Water Cooler – Weak Tea, Indeed

6:02 pm in Uncategorized by Bill Egnor

Young girl entertaining Mickey Mouse and other friends at a make-believe tea party, 1930s

When it was important, as in where the rubber meets the road in Wisconsin, 100, 000 people turned out. In the snow and cold. People put their comfort aside for something they believed in day after day after day.

Today the Tea Party called for a rally to push Congress to go for the draconian and regressive cuts that the House has passed. They were sure there was going to be a huge outpouring of support from their fellow conservatives. After all they had all the darlings of the Teahadists there; Rep Bachman, Sen. Paul, Rep. Pence and other luminaries of the unhinged movement.

They were so sure this was going to be a seminal event that they even got their cooperate media propaganda arm, Fox “News” to cover the event live! It was going to be glorious and it was going to show just how strong the support for job immolating cuts in Federal spending are.

In fact it did exactly that. About, at a gross over estimate by Sen. Rand Paul (Douche – KY) there were 200 people out at this “rally” today. Not to be overly mean, but in my family if you have only 200 people at your wedding, you have really pissed off some of the Aunts something chronic.

Sure they got their coverage. They had the sign, saying something I couldn’t see, behind the speakers with the duffus who dresses up like Capt. America, they had their roster of crazed and constitutionally challenged speakers, but what they did not have a was a fired up crowd.

In fact this seems to be the SOP for Teahadist rallies lately. They had a bunch of folks (though not in one place to be sure) when Fox “News” first used its news spokes-models to promote the idea of a Tea Party. And yeah, they had a bunch of folks at whatever the hell it was the Glenn Beck did on the Mall last summer. And they did manage to get some folks to come and spite on Civil Rights heroes during the voting for the ACA.

The thing is that they seem less and less able to get folks to really turn out in support of their agenda anymore. It is not like the Teahadists were ever anything other than Republicans being rebranded, but it seems like they don’t have the staying power that a real force is politics is supposed to have.

By one account, Dave Weigel of all folks, there were not even as many attendees as there were media and members of Congress. When you can’t draw a crowd for your signature issues, then you don’t have a movement. I don’t know what you have, but a sham comes to mind, and not a Sham Wow either.

What is on your minds tonight Firedogs? The floor is yours.

Mr. President: Don’t Let VP Cheney Brag About Torture

12:00 pm in Government, Torture by Bill Egnor

Dear President Obama;

I wanted to take the occasion of Presidents Day to write to you. Today is the day we celebrate the birthdays of two of our all time great presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

It is fitting that we celebrate the first of our presidents and the president who held the Union together and ended the precious practice of human slavery. These men stand as examples of what America can be and should be.

"Originally posted at Squarestate.net"

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Tonight’s Election Coverage – A Tale Told By An Idiot

5:00 pm in Uncategorized by Bill Egnor

So it is election day again. These off year elections always get up my nose. They are the weak tealeaves, which the blogosphere and the TV pundits use to try to have something of merit to say about the state of play of politics. The reality is they in and of themselves, they don’t mean much.

Today we will hear, obsessively on MSNBC and Fox, about three elections and one or two ballot measures. The elections are the Governors races in New Jersey and Virginia and the wild and wacky race in the NY 23rd. The ballot initiatives are 1 in Maine and 71 in Washington State both of which deal with removing rights granted by the legislature to gay citizens. In Maine it is full marriage rights, in Washington it is civil union which would have full marriage rights in all but name.

One thing, which almost none of the coverage is going to tell you, is how incredibly low the turn out for elections in off year cycles are. In off year elections, depending on the State turn out can run between 35% and 50% of the registered voters. Which means it is a the hardest of hard core on both sides and those folks like my family and I who take this voting thing as a minimum requirement for calling yourself a citizen.

Tonight there will be lots of prognostication about the meaning of the election in New Jersey, but this big State governors race might be determined by as little as 33% of the registered voters, which the percent that voted in 2007 the last off year election. This is the problem with trying to read anything into these elections. First off there are not enough of them to give you a real sample size and second they are not like elections held on Congressional or Presidential cycle years.

This will not prevent everyone and their cousin from trying. After all the cable networks have time slots to fill. Add to it the fact that Fox and MSNBC made record profits from the presidential election last year, there is no chance they will not be pounding this like a drum. But to quote the Bard “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

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