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Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#91 Feb 13, 2013
Typical tea party member.

1) Doesn't follow posting rules.

2)Inappropriate language.

3) Poor spelling.

4) Poor punctuation.

5) Obviously an idiot.

6) Total ignorance of the topic at hand.

7) Has NO position or facts so makes stuff up, based on the dining experiences she's had with her Boi (bunch of idiot)friends ! LMAOROTF !
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#92 Feb 13, 2013
The workers that clean and protect corporate buildings throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. are employed by major multibillion dollar corporations including Target, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, but many of these janitors and security guards earn only the state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

These wages are far below a decent living wage needed to keep families out of poverty.

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Living Wage Calculator, a single person would need to make $9.11 per hour in the state of Minnesota in order to make a living wage, a calculation for a decent standard of living based on the cost for food, transportation, housing and other basic expenses.

The issue also concerns employers decisions to move many workers to part-time work, a common trend across America.“I think that this is a story that a lot of people across can related to. They want to move people from fulltime to part time work, shirking their responsibilities to provide healthcare,” added Morillo.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 371,000 workers represented by unions in Minnesota. With 15 percent of the workforce unionized, Minnesota stands well above the national average, a paltry 11.3 percent according to recent reports. This marks are record 100-year low in union membership.

Union activism may be surging in the Twin Cities, however, the action bucks national trends as state legislators continue to show bipartisan support for right to work legislation in an attempt to crush union organizing and collective bargaining.

There are now 24 states with right to work legislation in the U.S., a sign that union organizing is diminishing in strength across the the country. Michigan, home to 700,000 union workers became the latest state to pass right to work legislation December 2012, limiting the right of workers to collectively bargain.

Representatives from the AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers (UAW) vow to carry on the fight to repeal the legislation by organizing voters in the lead up to the 2014 midterm elections. Union representatives hope to usher in new, labor-friendly representatives who will overturn the law.

Earlier this month, the state of New Hampshire became the latest state to introduce right-to-work legislation. New Hampshire House Bill (H.B.) 322 is supported by major industries and corporate executives claiming that the right to work will draw new industry to the state. Right-to-work states have attracted new industry because corporations can pay lower wages and extend fewer benefits when unions are denied the right to collectively bargain.

If successful, the current strike in Minnesota will help secure a better standard of living for thousands of workers and their families. Although important for low income workers, this strike is moderate in size compared to recent strikes by other unions in the U.S.

The Chicago Teachers Union representing 29,000 educators went on strike for two weeks September 2012. The teachers confronted Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s corporatist education agenda, reducing reliance upon standardized tests while securing a 17.6 percent pay raise over the next four years.

Hey, you said strikes didn't get folks paid ???

Looks like 4% per year, to ME ~!

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#93 Feb 13, 2013
I do hope the SEIU is not as stupid as the BCTGM that represented (notice the past tense there) the former workers at American Crystal Sugar.

As for comparing this union to the Chicago Teacher's Union, you are as stupid as the SEIU fools who are asking for up to a 41% increase in wages - for an unskilled and uneducated janitor.

Public sector vs private sector. Not even remotely close. And only an ignorant brown shirted troll would try to make such a comparison.
someone

Minneapolis, MN

#94 Feb 13, 2013
So many people do not understand how money works...

Raising minimum wage will never raise the poor out of poverty.

Hasn't last 40 years taught you people anything about money?

For all the "raises", you are going to have to reduce that much money in the system just to retain the VALUE, THE PURCHASING POWER of that money.

Simply raising the amount of paper dollars floating around will do nothing for the poor.

Goods and services will inflate in prices just as the money supply increases.

Idiots will always think a dollar is and always be worth a dollar.

If you are on the bottom of the labor pool...
you will always be on the bottom.

No matter what your minimum wage is.

Prices of goods will inflate with your raises.

How much is a dollar worth? Lol

Yea that's what I thought.
someone

Minneapolis, MN

#95 Feb 13, 2013
You morons should be asking for a stronger dollar.
To have more purchasing power.

Too bad a strong dollar is impossible at the rate us spends and borrows.

2000-2008 saw inflation rate of 25%.
Your purchasing power reduced by 25%.

Deflation should have brought inflation down but Bernanke has done everything he can to prevent deflation.

Just stay stupid people...
I'm tired of reading nothing but rhetoric from you idiots that allow such policies.

Enjoy your soon to be $4 gas.
And prepare for $5.50 soon.

Media will blame speculators or some refinery closing.

Gas is cheap as it has been. Gas prices hasn't risen.
Value of dollar has diminished.
Reduced purchasing power.
Keep asking to raise the bottom.

You wont get closer to the top....
top will be raised just as much as the bottom.

And your $7 now will buy just as much as $9 when you raise the minimum wage.
someone

Minneapolis, MN

#96 Feb 13, 2013
Lets just raise the minimum wage to $30 per hour.

See how much inflation we can have.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#97 Feb 13, 2013
It's "let's", but an idiot that uses Reductio ad absurdum, doesn't need my help, you need a professional....
someone

Minneapolis, MN

#98 Feb 13, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
It's "let's", but an idiot that uses Reductio ad absurdum, doesn't need my help, you need a professional....
Its called economics.

Try taking a college course.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#99 Feb 13, 2013
(it's) means it is...

Try taking a college course.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#100 Feb 14, 2013
"If my job was cut to part-time, it would be like suicide," said Brahim Kone, a janitor at Flint Hills refinery. "I make just enough money now to pay the bills for my wife and my two children. I fear if my wages were cut, I would lose my home. We can not accept cuts that move us backward and push us into poverty - we must move forward."

"We need access to health care that covers our families," said Gene Worley, a security officer at Town Square in downtown St. Paul. "I'm not asking for free health care, just something I can afford which covers my family would help. Real family coverage - employee, spouse, children. "

For the first time ever in the Twin Cities, contracts for janitors and security officers with SEIU Local 26 expired simultaneously on December 31. Despite months of bargaining, employers continue giving workers the runaround, bargaining in bad faith by refusing to show up to negotiations and offering proposals full of cuts. Security contractors have proposed moving hundreds of positions to part-time, eliminating all benefits and access to health care. Janitorial contractors are proposing cuts to more than 50 percent of janitors, with cuts as high as 40 percent for many members. For many workers, health coverage for their family would cost around $700 a month.

"Without access to affordable family health insurance, I have to ask the state to get my family on a public health plan," said Alfredo Estrada, a janitor at the Minnesota Center. "I don't want to have to ask the state to support my family; I would like to care for my family myself. "

"As a janitor, I work around a lot of strong chemicals, so health insurance is really important," said Kone. "But I need better healthcare for my family. Right now, I can't afford to pay for family insurance through my employer. I would give them my whole check for that!"

The average full-time janitor qualifies for public assistance, including health care programs, due to wages just above the poverty line and a lack of access to affordable health care.

"When the rich, corporate elite shirk their responsibility that they have had to provide health care, the burden falls on the public," said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26. "This is just another example of the richest corporations refusing to pay their fair share and asking the taxpayers to subsidize the costs of doing business. These workers clean and protect the wealthiest corporations like Target, Wells Fargo and US Bank, yet they're too poor to even shop at Target or have money for a savings account with Wells Fargo or US Bank."

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#101 Feb 14, 2013
After shedding several tears and wiping eyes I looked at the issue, Raising the wages of this union. These people who can't afford health care? I don't understand, Obamacare is only 10 months away, hang on! He is riding in on his white horse and will save you! Now, some really smart guy, seeing the handwritting on the wall, might say, I going to be an independant contractor and go out promote myself! OH, wait, Minnesota is a not a right to work state, so, sorry, but you elected to have the union represent you and now your getting what you paid for! Choices/ consequences!
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#102 Feb 14, 2013
So, your "solution" to American, working poor, families is spiteful, petty, stupid, sarcasm ??? GFY, useless moronic COWARDLY "man" ...

Love DEM BABIES, they starve so quietly, right ???
someone

Minneapolis, MN

#103 Feb 14, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
So, your "solution" to American, working poor, families is spiteful, petty, stupid, sarcasm ??? GFY, useless moronic COWARDLY "man" ...
Love DEM BABIES, they starve so quietly, right ???
You do know babies cry when they are hungry....
some adults do too infact
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#105 Feb 14, 2013
So, your "solution" to American, working poor, families is spiteful, petty, stupid, sarcasm ??? GFY, useless moronic COWARDLY "man" ...

Love DEM BABIES, they starve so quietly, right ???

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