Sep 5, 2008

A Chance at the American Dream


Don’t you want the same chance as your neighbor to achieve the American Dream? Sadly, not every American has that chance. The UFCW is working together with hundreds of unions and progressive groups, with one goal in mind: to restore the American Dream for every American worker.

The surest way to accomplish that mission is to bring back the force that created the American middle class -- good union jobs that protect workers.

That's why we need the Employee Free Choice Act -- critical legislation that would give more workers a way to form unions, and would form a path back to the American Dream by allowing more workers to negotiate for better wages, health care, and working conditions.

You can sign the petition to allow your voice to be heard. Let Congress know that you are in support of passing the Employee Free Choice Act!

Together, we can win a chance for every American worker to reach their own American Dream.
Click the following link to sign the petition to give more workers the freedom to choose a union:

· Sign the petition at www.ufcwforfreechoice.org

Sep 4, 2008

McCain's VP Choice, Good?


How do you feel about John McCain’s VP choice? You know he chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, which has raised many critical questions on McCain’s judgment in the media. Was it the right choice or not?

According to a post on the National, McCain’s choice “raises dangerous questions about his rash decision to pick a little-known rookie politician as his vice-presidential nominee.”

According to the Washington Post, McCain’s vetting team said that Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview process yet, she was chosen by McCain as VP the day after. This choice reflects an impulsiveness that, as president, could tempt him to overreact in a crisis.

He himself has stated “I make them (decisions) as quickly as I can, quicker than the other fellow, if I can. Often my haste is a mistake, but I live with the consequences without complaint” (Daily Kos). The thing is if you make those hasty decisions as President, you won't suffer the consequences alone; you'll have millions of Americans to suffer with. Is that the kind of President we want?

During this entire race to the white house, McCain has been saying “can we trust Barack Obama who is so inexperienced?” We should be asking “can we trust McCain who makes hasty or erratic decisions?”

With so many questions about McCain’s judgment, could this hurt his campaign? Do you think he made the right choice to have chosen Palin as VP? If you were McCain, who would you choose as your VP?

Sep 3, 2008

Massive Raid on Suspected Protesters

Did we miss the memo? Is peaceful protesting illegal now? In Minneapolis, protesters have been targeted by very intimidating police officers that bombarded their way into their homes, handcuffed them, had them on the floor, raided their houses and seized personal property.

All because they were suspected of planning a non-violent political protest. It is still legal to do so, right?

These police teams of about 20 to 30 men had black masks on, black swat gear, drawn out large semi-automatic rifles and demands the residents to lie on the floor while they searched the houses. The officers refused to state why they were and in some cases, they didn’t even show a search warrant until after they took personal computers/laptops, journals and political materials. They even used code names like Terminator.

Clearly, these police officers were trying to intimidate these young politically aware protesters and that’s not cool!

You can watch some of the raids for yourself:


One thing is for sure, no matter what anyone’s political views are, they can not be persecuted for participating in legal political actions such as protests!

Video of another house that was raided: Bruce Nester

Sep 2, 2008

The History of Labor Day

Do you know how Labor Day came about? After the start of the Industrial Revolution, the average American was working 12 hour days, 7 days a week. Children were being worked to the point where it broke many of the child labor laws. Read more.

Because of the poor working conditions, American unions had to take a prominent role in helping to make a better working life for our hard workers. On September 5, 1882, the first ever Labor Day parade was held in New York City. The second, in accordance with the Central Labor Union, was held a year later. It became a national holiday 11 years later.

May Day is also known as International Workers’ Day and is celebrated by all other countries except the United States and Canada on May 1. It is the commemoration of the Haymarket Event in Chicago in 1886. Its origins are centered on an 8 hour day; 8 hours for work, 8 hours for recreation and 8 hours for sleep.
Still recognizing the history of May Day, The United States Government declared it “Law Day” for May 1 and gave the workers instead the first Monday in September, “Labor Day.”

According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

To read more on Labor Day, click here.