May Day ~~ Say Fair Wage Pay Day. Wait~~ The Prices Might Go UP. Downsides are such a bummer.

Bear selected May Day as a subject for this round of music. Admittedly I’ve fudged on some of the music here. I reserve the right to revise at will.  Until then Labor is the issue. Unless Bear had another kind of May Day in mind–as in the Maypole kind of May Day. Hmm. Anyway back to Union ordeals. Workers just don’t get much respect when it comes down to the bottom lines.

A few income figures of interest to a few Americans–well, to everyone who is not one of the 894 people who have more income than 99.99% of the rest of the people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/income-inequality-crisis_n_4221012.html

There are reasons people gather in unions in order to get a living wage–a main one is that many employers don’t like sharing the profits. The operative word here is greed. Or am I missing something?

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McDonald’s Cheats Employees

LowPay NotOk

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May Day In Chicago

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Walmart Gives Food Stamps Applications to Employees ~~  OOOO so that’s how low the Waltons go.

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Which Side Are You On?

LEPOCO Peace Center

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The Most Dangerous Woman In America

Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips from the album Fellow Workers.

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And another kind of May Day~~~~ Mediaeval Babes Summerisle , The Maypole Song

 

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Let’s see what Bear has lined up…..

BEAR: BEAR
EVA: https://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/
JOHNNY: JOHNNY
LISA: Lisa

 

 

What are you doing on August 29, “Low Pay Is Not Okay” Day? Forget the burgers and fries cuz fast food ain’t gonna fly.

1912 to 2013 and the issues are rising again like bread and roses

Yeast and water

Soil and sun

Bread and Roses

Women and men to the streets again

Will this cycle never be done?

They’re not asking for your mansions, your jets, your yachts, your limos, your Rolex watches or you pearls

They’re asking for food, heat, housing and flowers.

Why do you have a problem with that?

Without workers there would be nothing made anywhere, anytime, anyhow.

Wait, this is America–the land of the outsourced company to other lands of  work till you’re dead opportunities.

Let’s outsource those burgers and fries and see how the toilet flushes then.

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Why do those who profit most refuse to support those who make the profit possible?

If you cleared $ 5.5 Billion in profit what would you do with it?

Yeah, everyone has got to eat. What if you couldn’t get fast food for eight weeks straight anywhere? Would you be OVER the fast food addiction?

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Low Pay is NOT okay!   http://lowpayisnotok.org/about-us/

There is a petition to sign for support. http://lowpayisnotok.org/home-0819/

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The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 began in January in Lawrence, Massachusetts when textile factory workers walked off the job and into the streets for weeks and weeks.  History –> http://breadandrosescentennial.org/node/77

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fair warning bootrappers

prepare to be strapped

 

New Book Alert: Images of America, Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike

History Info link:  http://www.apwu.org/laborhistory/08-2_breadandroses/08-2_breadandroses.htm

Book Available August 26, 2013  at http://www.lawrencehistory.org/node/23970

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 the rich would not live well

but for the blood, sweat and tears

of the workers in daily hells

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I know of no reason why one human being should benefit at the cost of another’s life blood and misery.

Do you?

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Red Alert All “Serfs”: Corporate hostile take-over of America is underway via Republican Governors at large.

 It’s official folks. The corporate take-over of America is well underway around the USA. Oh yeah. No doubts about it. Just survey what every Republican Governor is up to in every state and it’s absolutely clear that this is an organized attack on the working classes en masse. The goal is absolute control, dominance and power over the population. Does that sound paranoid? Yeah, well it’s reality, fellow serfs.  You think Wisconsin has ISSUES? Well, while we’ve all been watching the antics of Republican Dictator Walker and his hench-people, especially the extremely adorably arrogant Senator Fitzgerald, a very nasty power grab has been conducted in Lansing, Michigan. Oh yeah, what’s worse than snidely cutting the feet out from the working class by stripping them of collective bargaining rights? Float this in your boiling brainpan:

In an extreme move to take away power of local governments, the Michigan Senate voted yesterday to allow the appointment of so-called emergency financial managers to take control of cities and school districts that the newly elected Republican governor in the state unilaterally declares to be “financial emergencies.”

The new bill was passed 26-12 by the Republican-controlled Senate in Lansing and allows newly-appointed financial managers a broad range of powers over local governments. Newly elected Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget bill slashes aid to local governments and many towns are expected to fall into the financial emergency zone as a result. Governor Snyder will then appoint financial managers to oversee these towns.

The bill was passed first in Michigan’s Congress and will now await some changes in wording before being sent to Snyder’s desk for his signature. After the bill is put in effect, the financial managers will be allowed to “reject, modify or terminate the terms of an existing contract…or a collective bargaining agreement.”

They will also be able to “suspend or dismiss local officials, “disincorporate of dissolve entire city governments” and “recommend…that a school district be reorganized with one or more contiguous districts.” Jennifer Page, “Corporate Politicians at Helm”,  The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRwatch

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/10330/corporate-politicians-helm-michigan-sell-out-local-democracy

 

Michigan’s Governor is a Republican and by now we all know what that means—right wing Koch Brothers and Cohorts MONEY puppet.  Now that Snyder has established his right to slash and burn cities and school districts all by himself –and then to appoint “new managers”–the door is open for Koch and like-minded right-wing Corporate Cohorts for more “hostile take-overs” of cities and schools. Why bother with purchasing individual energy works when you can bleed an entire city and its population to suit your own agenda?

What are we Serfs going to do?

Whatever happened to self-determination in America?

Is this still “America”–land of the FREE? Is it?

The rules have changed folks. In case you haven’t noticed, these Republicans don’t adhere to laws, fair play or honesty. They don’t give a damn about working class people of any ilk. In Wisconsin they have abandoned all pretense of integrity. They’re not elected officials anymore. They’re arrogant, power hungry, control monsters bent on imposing their way–as the only way in much the same vein as the most repulsive manipulative television evangelists.  The right-wing corporate Republican way is The Only Way. I sense that “loving kindness” will not get us Serfs anywhere with these people because such is out of their ken. They’re proving it with every move they make. If the Republicans in Wisconsin are so proud of their handiwork, why do they run away from the capital escorted by police, through tunnels and unto dark buses to avoid the wrath of the people they’re supposed to REPRESENT? Do they fear a modern form of being tarred and feathered? Why do they keep trying to keep their handiwork from public view?  Because they know it’s “wrong” yet they intend to do as their corporate funders demand any way they can.

Posted on Wisconsin Resistance Radio, Facebook

Note: For those of you who don’t understand what unions and collective bargaining rights mean for working classes–do some homework–start with the Ludlow Massacre and learn about those and other people who died in order for there to be a 40 hour work week, no child labor, and decent living wages. Yes, people fought and died in order to end ruthless exploitation by the rich elite who took everything and gave nothing for the labor of others.  Corporate created textbooks don’t present much information on the dark side of the labor movement. Explore America’s dark labor history before you decide unions don’t matter.  
 

Concerned Madison Parent SNAPS at Saturday Protest

 Now that Wisconsin Rep. Gov. Scott Walker has publicly stated that he will not take any “calls” from Wisconsin residents,  ONLY from David Koch–and impersonators thereof–it is clear what he represents and that is The Corporate Big Brotherhood–and its energy investment interests.  In case you’ve missed it in the mainstream news–the Budget Repair Bill would allow UNCONSTESTED bids for selling off public energy works.  What do the Koch Brothers invest in? Oh yeah, ENERGY–for example, oil.  Yeah, I don’t think FOX News is going to be chatting about those connecting dots any time soon–unless that falls under FOX’s idea of a “communist plot”.

All these photographs were shot Saturday 26 February 2011 by that “Concerned Madison Parent” whose vent I recently posted.   

The Serfs are  Marching!

Mad-City Serfs

 
and they’re tripod armed!
 

Don't Rush Home

 
and it’s hard-working out-of-state but 14 Democratic Senators are doing just that.

Wild Rumpus & GOP SALE

 
and KOCH sales anyone?
 

International Brotherhood

 
and this ain’t local anymore.
 

Orwell's New Animal Farm

 
and what happened to George’s “piggies”?
 

LaFollette

 
and how the DEAD outshine the living. Hey, folks in Wisconsin know their state’s political history! Who taught them that?
 

She Jokes

 
and jests–or not–and very seriously too!
 

Just say NO to KOCH

and NO!
 

Hold Fast

and –yeah, follow Walker’s lead?
 

For Sale

and what else can we say?
 

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

and despite what Dictator Walker believes.

Silenced

and but not today.
 

Solidarity

and Wisconsin knows snow and cold and now Walker’s true colors.
 

Standing Room Only

 
and ain’t not tea at this party. Huh? Yep, no sightings reported. 
 
Much thanks to “Concerned Madison Parent” for sharing your Cheesehead views!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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