Archive for September 2nd, 2009

This Just In

People at the bottom of the economic ladder get shit on:

In surveying 4,387 workers in various low-wage industries, including apparel manufacturing, child care and discount retailing, the researchers found that the typical worker had lost $51 the previous week through wage violations, out of average weekly earnings of $339. That translates into a 15 percent loss in pay.

The researchers said one of the most surprising findings was how successful low-wage employers were in pressuring workers not to file for workers’ compensation. Only 8 percent of those who suffered serious injuries on the job filed for compensation to pay for medical care and missed days at work stemming from those injuries.

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According to the study, 39 percent of those surveyed were illegal immigrants, 31 percent legal immigrants and 30 percent native-born Americans.

The study found that 26 percent of the workers had been paid less than the minimum wage the week before being surveyed and that one in seven had worked off the clock the previous week. In addition, 76 percent of those who had worked overtime the week before were not paid their proper overtime, the researchers found.

The new study, “Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers,” was conducted in the first half of 2008, before the brunt of the recession hit. The median wage of the workers surveyed was $8.02 an hour — supervisors were not surveyed — with more than three-quarters of those interviewed earning less than $10 an hour. When the survey was conducted, the minimum wage was $7.15 in New York State, $7.50 in Illinois and $8 in California.

No one could have anticipated…

I think the only good news here is that Labor is where the one token liberal in Obama’s cabinet is:

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis responded to the report with an e-mail statement, saying, “There is no excuse for the disregard of federal labor standards — especially those designed to protect the neediest among us.” Ms. Solis said she was in the process of hiring 250 more wage-and-hour investigators. “Today’s report clearly shows we still have a major task before us,” she said.

If it were, say, Geithner, I’d just laugh derisively, but I think Solis might actually mean it.  Hopefully Obama or Rahm doesn’t give her a stern talking-to for throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of commerce during these trying times.  It is necessary to destroy the jobs in order to save them, or something like that.

September 2nd, 2009 at 10:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Labor,Wankers

They Have So Much In Common…

Well, I mean, aside from that minor little disagreement over who the lazy criminals are…

Through five years of study and interviews, [black Republican Marvin] Rogers reached the conclusion that the chasm between the black community and the Republican Party is more emotional than philosophical. And, he says, that chasm is more a media template than reflective of reality.

Because if there’s one thing the black community worries about, it’s whether millionaires and billionaires are paying more than their fair share of taxes.  Or whether the government has sufficient authority to spy on us or lock us up without any kind of due process.  Or whether everyone should be entitled to decent education and healthcare.  Or…

September 2nd, 2009 at 09:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Racism,Republicans

Netroots Nation Keynote Kos Photoblogging

The Faces Of Kos:

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I’ll be lucky if I’m not shot on sight at NN 2010…

September 2nd, 2009 at 07:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics is not going over well…

Disney bought Marvel in a $4 billion deal.  Well-loved comic book characters are expressing their outrage.

Many consider the move to be a threat to the integrity of some of the most beloved characters in comics.  When news broke yesterday that Marvel will be bought by Disney, fanboys took to the streets in protest.

Fifteen overweight men dressed as Wolverine caused a scene at a Disney Store in California.  The men entered the store together and began throwing around merchandise, causing mild property damage, and shouting, “Disney can’t Tame Me!”  Most of the men dressed as the movie version of the character but four wore full body spandex costumes.  When mall police arrived they took off running, but soon they all ran out of breath and were apprehended.

A group of fans dressed as The Avengers and sought to protest inside DisneyLand.  However, none of the other guests that day spoke English.  Before leaving they did get a group picture riding Splash Mountain, which is currently circulating the internet.

Dozens of comic book store owners and members of the industry protested outside Disney’s corporate headquarters in Burbank.  Each of the protesters dressed as a popular comic character both to show their support, and protect their identities.  “We are protecting ourselves and our families from retaliation from this corporate giant,” said a man dressed as Spider Man. “But it must be done.  This is the right thing to do.”  Captain America led the group in a series of chants outside the gates of the office complex.  “Bang Pow Bang Pow, Disney you can’t stop us now!” “Comic Geeks Assemble!” and “A Fandom, United, Can not be torn apart!”

Another man dressed as Thor said, “We’re all concerned that Disney’s may tone down some of the existing characters to be more in keeping with their corporate image.  And the Son of Odin will not by silenced by such knaves!”  A content editor who wished to remain anonymous by dressing as The Hulk ripped apart a picture of Mickey Mouse, screaming, “Bad Mouse stifles creative content!”

After a few hours the protesters were taken away by Disney’s secret police.  Families of the protesters still know nothing of the location or well being of their loved ones.

The existence of Disney’s secret police is alarming but not altogether surprising.

September 2nd, 2009 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Netroots Nation Richard Trumka Photoblogging

AFL-CIO Treasurer Richard Trumka is FIRED UP.

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September 2nd, 2009 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Labor,Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs


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