Daily Archives: November 16, 2011

OWS Demands: Repeal Taft-Hartley, Min. Wage To $18, And More.

1.  Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Unionize ALL workers immediately.

2.  Raise the minimum wage immediately to $18/hr. Create a maximum wage of $90/hr to eliminate inequality.

3.  Institute a 6 hour workday, and 6 weeks of paid vacation.

4.  Institute a moratorium on all foreclosures and layoffs immediately.

5.  Repeal racist and xenophobic English-only laws.

6.  Open the borders to all immigrants, legal or illegal. Offer immediate, unconditional amnesty, to all undocumented residents.

7.  Create a single-payer, universal health care system.

8.  Pass campaign finance reform laws. Ban all private donations. All campaigns will receive equal funding, provided by the taxpayers.

9.  Institute a negative income tax, and tax the very rich at rates up to 90%.

10. Pass far stricter environmental protection and animal rights laws.

11. Allow workers to elect their supervisors.

12. Lower the retirement age to 55. Increase Social Security benefits.

13. Create a 5% annual wealth tax for the very rich.

14. Ban the private ownership of land.

15. Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda.

16. Reduce the age of majority to 16.

17. Abolish death penalty & life in prison. Immediate release of all death row inmates with transfers to regular prisons.

18. Release all political prisoners immediately.

19. Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.

20. Abolish the debt limit.

21. Ban private gun ownership.

22. Strengthen the separation of church and state.

23. Immediate debt forgiveness for all.

24. End the ‘War on Drugs’.


Teamsters Issue Occupy Wall Street Resolution.

OCCUPY WALL STREET RESOLUTION

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, acting through its General Executive Board hereby adopts the following Resolution this 15th day of November 2011:

WHEREAS, “Occupy Wall Street” is the foundation of the nationwide protest against economic inequality, unfair tax structure, bank bailouts and corporate greed that has affected every worker in the United States, including every member of the Teamsters Union, and brought the country to its current economic crisis;

WHEREAS, just as “Occupy Wall Street” demands that the nation respond to the unrelenting pressure on the middle class, on workers and on the unemployed, the Teamsters have exposed the “War on Workers” being waged by billionaires and CEOs who seek to blame working people for the state of the economy and to “fix” the economy by giving to the rich and taking from the middle class;

WHEREAS, the Teamsters share the outrage of “Occupy Wall Street” over the foreclosure crisis, over out-of-control health care costs, over attacks on pensions, over the fact that corporations are sitting on more cash than anytime in history while millions of able-bodied workers cannot find a job, and that Teamster children may not achieve the standard of living their parents achieved and may never own a home or a pension;

WHEREAS, Union members must fight to keep the gains they have achieved through collective bargaining as corporate-backed politicians attack public sector workers with the same ruthlessness they exhibited in the past 11 months, and private sector employers are following their example;

WHEREAS, just as workers’ rights to organize, picket and strike are abrogated based on unjustified allegations of a threat to public safety and health, “Occupy Wall Street’s” Constitutionally protected right to a peaceful protest and assembly must be protected and cannot be curtailed or contained based on unsupported claims of public safety;

WHEREAS, the lockout of 43 Teamsters art handlers by the profitable auction house Sotheby’s has become for “Occupy Wall Street” a symbol of the unrelenting greed of the 1 percent, and “Occupy Wall Street” has for weeks acted in solidarity with the locked-out Teamsters from Local 814;
WHEREAS, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered Liberty Park cleared of all “Occupy Wall Street” protesters and the New York Police Department entered the park with police in riot gear backed up by numerous police vehicles, including a bulldozer, evicting occupiers, destroying property and arresting dozens of occupiers and protesters, including New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez and District Leader Paul Newell, in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011, and
WHEREAS, attorneys working as the Liberty Park Legal Working Group obtained a temporary restraining order directing that occupiers be allowed back on the premises with their belongings.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is resolved as follows:

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the working men and women it represents wholly supports and endorses Occupy Wall Street and opposes any effort to unreasonably restrict, contain or stop this lawful protest; and
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters commends and extends its appreciation to New York Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings for issuing a restraining order that restores the Constitutional rights of “Occupy Wall Street” to peacefully protest.

Is Sears Now The Poster Company For Racial Discrimination?

On November 7th, 2011, a superior court awarded Medro Johnson $5.2 million dollars in “Medro calls me masta” case in which Johnson was repeatedly harassed by his superior at Sears. Now this:

Sears, Roebuck & Co., one of the nation’s largest retailers, will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a race, sex and age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC had charged that Sears subjected an African-American female employee over the age of 40 to race, age and sex discrimination as well as retaliation for complaining about it.

In its lawsuit filed in September 2010, the EEOC charged that Mary Johnson, who worked in loss prevention at several Sears stores in the Oklahoma City area, including its Sequoyah and Midwest City locations, from 1982 until her termination in March of 2010, was passed over for promotion to supervisor several times beginning in 2007 in favor of younger, less experienced, white males. According to the agency, Sears retaliated against Johnson for her initial EEOC discrimination charge in September 2007 by subjecting her to worsening terms and conditions at work. Sears last passed over Johnson for promotion in early 2010, just prior to terminating her employment in March 2010 for complaining about its practices and participating in the EEOC’s investigative process. Sears denies that it discriminated against Johnson.

Race, sex and age discrimination and retaliation violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (EEOC v. Sears Roebuck & Company, Case No. 5:10-cv-01068-R) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

In addition to the $100,000 payment, Sears agreed to take specified actions designed to prevent future discrimination, including the posting of anti-discrimination notices to employees, dissemination of its anti-discrimination policy and providing anti-discrimination training to employees. The settlement terms are set forth in a consent decree filed with the court.

“This decree will remind Sears and all large retailers to treat their employees equally as required by law, including older employees, women and people of color, who have too often been victims of job discrimination,” said Barbara Seely, regional attorney of the EEOC’s St. Louis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Oklahoma. “Corporate America must be more vigilant in guarding against discrimination and retaliation or risk action and exposure by the EE

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