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USW Refinery Workes Strike is a Corp Scam to LOWER Wages

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”

In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”


Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture

Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.

Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.

Robbie Hunter

At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money

Stay tuned - I'll post the Wage Structure of the "Master Agreement" Mr. LaVenture has become signatory to for California - but believe me my brothers in the refineries $20 per hr for a Certified Pipe Welder is probably not what you guys were thinking of either

Where can I hang some .pdf on the internet that can handle a lot of traffic

Big Story of Corp scam coming and need a place to hang proof

NYPD Arrest More than 200 Overnight in Ongoing Protests

Source: Newsweek


More than 200 were arrested in New York City during the second consecutive night of protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the choking death of an unarmed black man, police said.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo was captured on video placing Eric Garner in a chokehold in Staten Island in July while arresting him for illegally selling loose cigarettes. His subsequent death was found to have occurred in part from chokehold, and was ruled a homicide. Garner repeatedly said, "I can't breathe," as Pantaleo held his hands around Garner's neck

Protesters gathered at locations across the city, but were mostly concentrated in Mahattan. At least 3,000 protesters blocked traffic in Times Square an hour before midnight, Reuters reports, and other groups staged sit-ins at Union Square and blocked intersections in downtown Manhattan.

The protesters' rallying cry was, "Black lives matter," a reference to perceived racial bias in policing practices across the country. In recent months, similar protests have erupted in Ferguson, Mo., over the death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer, and in Cleveland, Mo., where a police officer shot and killed a 12-year old black boy over what turned out to be a toy pistol.


Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/nypd-arrest-more-200-overnight-ongoing-protests-289418

Lets face it - "Its Open Season on Black and Mexican Youth"

Fuck the Cops
Fuck the Supreme Court

What BS - China isn't reducing CO emissions at all

They promise to PEAK in 2030 and that a Huge moving target

What kind of BS are they peddling this time

I'm working in my "Man Cave" with Power Tools

just thought you all should know

Not sure if having the internet connection out here was such a good idea now that I read all these post concerning misogynist comments. Being old, it seems to me, everyone (including women/misandry) has a little bit - or A LOT of this in them and at different points in their life struggle with it in a lesser and at times greater degree.

Of course institutionalized misogyny or misandry is just plain wrong - and we all should work to see its end in our life time.

But there is always going to be the little giggle/rude joke told between like gender friends that will be the most pervasive and perhaps the last bastion of misogyny / misandry. It most likely will wither away of its own accord as a newer generation of well informed youth replaces us "Old Farts" in the coming decades and years.

What would be most fascinating would be watching graduate anthropologist stumble across these threads stored in some form of digital archive a couple of 100 years from now, scratching their head in disbelief thing - "Gee were people really like that?

But anyway less I digress - my "Power Tools Await" me

Congress is not going to "Undo" the Lucerative Corp Tax Loop Holes for the Wealthy Elite


The only way the Equation Works is through USA's Corporate Tax Loop holes which allow Dummy Corporate Offices in 3rd party countries to claim the bulk of the mark up in value without ever receiving, processing, or touching the goods.

My friend I went to school with years ago is an R&D engineer for 1 of the Biggest names in the business. (in fact he asked me for my resume and I said No) He tells me the cost of doing business overseas is 10x the cost of doing business here in the USA.

A Chip Manufacturing Facility MUST include the following infrastructure not provided by the host country

1. Power Plant - 25 - 50 Megawatts
2. Water Treatment Plant
3. Housing for Key workers (Management)
4. Facility Transportation (Goods and Workers to and from airports and port of entry)
5.Security - operating Private Security for the facility, American Workers (at work and home) and even the schools the dependents enroll in
6. The physical facility itself (since ready made industrial/commercial space is non-existent)

Additional cost will include

1. Educating Workers - look at the campus Cisco Systems paid for in China
2. Health Clinic for workers
3. Government Kick-Backs
4. Guarding against Intellectual Property Theft
5. Numerous USA litigation cost to prevent "Knock-Off" products from hitting the shelves

Inside the final minutes before Andy Lopez's toy-gun death

Moments before 13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who mistook his replica AK-47 pellet gun for a real rifle, a man in a truck drove by the boy and felt a surge of worry.

"Hey. Throw that thing away," the truck driver recalled yelling out his window. "Police behind!"

Andy didn't listen as he walked toward a field near his home on the edge of Santa Rosa. And the driver kept going.

The witness later told authorities he thought the gun was a plastic toy - but he wasn't certain. He also recalled the sound of shots


So the "Eye Witness" knew it was a TOY GUN - but the Weapons Expert couldn't tell and shot a 13 yr old boy dead

BTW: the police STILL have not released the cell phone video confiscated from eye witnesses

Woman shot during protest called 911 multiple times, says police response lacking

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Ferguson woman who was shot in the head last Tuesday during early moments of a peaceful Michael Brown protest said she is still waiting for police to take action.

“No officer ever showed up to speak with me... neither from Ferguson police or St. Louis County," Mya Aaten-White told News 4.

Last Tuesday evening Mya Aaten-White says she was walking down West Florissant to get back to her car. Before she made it to her car, violence erupted.

“I made it a block and a half then I heard gunshots, I put my hands to my head and realized I had been shot in the forehead,” she said.


Protesters in Oakland join solidarity march tied to Ferguson shooting

Source: Ken Pritchett KTVU.com

More than 200 protesters took to the streets of Oakland Wednesday evening in another solidarity march tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Hands up! Don’t shoot,” the protesters chanted as they marched from 14th and Broadway in the direction of Oakland Police Headquarters on 7th street.

They were stopped short of the building by a line of officers blocking off Broadway.

The protesters pledged the march would be non-violent and it was.

Read more: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/oakland-offramps-closed-streets-blocked-ferguson-p/ng6RQ/
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