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Desperate Workers and Insatiable Corporate Giants

By Carol Morgan

The most fascinating period in American history is the Post-Industrial Age, the evolution of the worker, the emergence of the robber barons, the clash of worldwide ideologies and fervent irrational nationalism that birthed fear, violence, the imprisonment of innocents, and wage slave psychology.

I love reading about that era, but I never dreamed I’d be reliving it.

Many newsworthy stories about the desperation and abuse of workers and the tax-dodge waltz by the corporateurs are effectively obscured by coverage of the murderous bloody chaos taking place in every corner of the globe. Most Americans can’t avert their eyes from the international train wreck long enough to connect some important dots and arrive at preemptive conclusions.

Very recently, Microsoft announced it was laying off 18,000 workers, 14% of its workforce, but what they didn’t tell you is that it’s cutting 80,000 of its contract workers as well. Another convenient omission was that MS is one of the top five tech companies requesting the cap be lifted on H1B visas. 175,000 workers in other countries have already applied.

If MS is laying off an actual 98,000 workers but asking for more foreign workers, what does that tell you?

And while tech companies are laying off workers, other corporations are inflicting some unreasonably cruel work practices.

Chicago’s WaterSaver faucet manufacturing corporation installed swipe card systems on employee restrooms located adjacent to the factory floor. After gathering data from the new system, corporate bosses ascertained that workers were spending “excessive” amounts of time in the restroom, taking away from time on the assembly line. A new rule was implemented that workers were limited to six-minutes per day of bathroom time with a reward of $1 if workers refrained from using the restroom at all during the work day.

That gives a whole new meaning to holding up the line, doesn’t it?

A recent NYT article, “Part-Time Schedules, Full-Time Headaches”, chronicles the difficulties that part-time employees are having with scheduling abuses. The article relates employee’s stories of being scheduled for work, arranging for child care, finding transportation, only to arrive at work to be told to go home, because business was too slow or too many employees were scheduled to work. Those who protested this penny-wise practice were summarily fired or their hours were cut. Other workers were scheduled as part-time, but told to be “on call” full time to accept additional hours at the supervisor’s discretion.

Where’s a union when you need them, right?

All those indignant and righteous souls who demonized the unions over the years… Now, perhaps those same individuals realize the union’s true worth. Without unions, workers lose the power of leverage; corporations can enact any sort of abuse they like and the employee’s only choice is to stay or go.

“Right to Work” is nothing more than a throwback to the Gilded Age; another head-scratching term like enhanced interrogation which really means torture. It’s a deliberate effort to perplex, confound, and confuse. It transforms the heinous into the innocuous.

Work in America is sounding more and more like Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Sixteen Tons, where workers owe their soul to the company store.

The giant corporations aren’t satisfied with wringing out every bit of labor they can to make insane profits off the backs of workers. There’s been a mass movement by corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes on the fruits of slave wage labor.

This corporate ploy is called “inversion”, which, in their case, is a synonym for evasion.

Inversion is when an American corporation seeks out and merges with a (usually smaller) foreign business, then uses the country where that business is located for tax purposes, thereby avoiding U.S. corporate taxes. These corporate giants essentially renounce their citizenship to evade taxes, even though they benefit from making record profits here in America.

The list of corporate defectors is long (Pfizer, Chiquita, Mylan, and AbbVie, to name a few) but the most hurtful is Walgreen’s, America’s drugstore supposedly located at “the corner of Happy and Healthy”. This is more than just greedy, it’s a betrayal.

25% of Walgreen’s $722 million in profits comes from taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

These corporations seeking tax-asylum in other countries want all the advantages of operating in America, but expect others to pay, even as they make record profits. They rely on public resources like roads to transport products, law enforcement for theft protection, and our education system (which they bash continually) to provide them with employees. Pharmaceutical companies benefit even more than other corporations from government research, government rules, and government reimbursement.

Corporate bootlickers will claim that the corporate tax rate of 40% is the highest in the developed world, but they fail to mention that corporations get to apply a long list of tax credits, subsidies, loopholes and other giveaways which means they pay much less than the top rate. According to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice, many corporations have fine-tuned their ledgers to pay no tax at all.

Just like recalcitrant middle schoolers, the corporations want it all. Not only do they demand occupational slavery without backtalk, they insist on holding on to the insane profits earned at the expense of the American worker.

Something must change; the inversion loophole, the abuse of workers, and the tsunami of cheap foreign labor. But as we all know from the past, change is something people do only when they’re out of options.

Until the American people get really desperate, nothing will change.

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2014-07-27/desperate-workers-and-insatiable-corporate-giants#.U9XAOrFCz2Q

Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Read her work at the Houston Press and MetroLeader News Service. Email Carol at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

Permission granted to post in entirety.

Cross-posted in the Socialist Progressives Group.

Desperate Workers and Insatiable Corporate Giants

By Carol Morgan

The most fascinating period in American history is the Post-Industrial Age, the evolution of the worker, the emergence of the robber barons, the clash of worldwide ideologies and fervent irrational nationalism that birthed fear, violence, the imprisonment of innocents, and wage slave psychology.

I love reading about that era, but I never dreamed I’d be reliving it.

Many newsworthy stories about the desperation and abuse of workers and the tax-dodge waltz by the corporateurs are effectively obscured by coverage of the murderous bloody chaos taking place in every corner of the globe. Most Americans can’t avert their eyes from the international train wreck long enough to connect some important dots and arrive at preemptive conclusions.

Very recently, Microsoft announced it was laying off 18,000 workers, 14% of its workforce, but what they didn’t tell you is that it’s cutting 80,000 of its contract workers as well. Another convenient omission was that MS is one of the top five tech companies requesting the cap be lifted on H1B visas. 175,000 workers in other countries have already applied.

If MS is laying off an actual 98,000 workers but asking for more foreign workers, what does that tell you?

And while tech companies are laying off workers, other corporations are inflicting some unreasonably cruel work practices.

Chicago’s WaterSaver faucet manufacturing corporation installed swipe card systems on employee restrooms located adjacent to the factory floor. After gathering data from the new system, corporate bosses ascertained that workers were spending “excessive” amounts of time in the restroom, taking away from time on the assembly line. A new rule was implemented that workers were limited to six-minutes per day of bathroom time with a reward of $1 if workers refrained from using the restroom at all during the work day.

That gives a whole new meaning to holding up the line, doesn’t it?

A recent NYT article, “Part-Time Schedules, Full-Time Headaches”, chronicles the difficulties that part-time employees are having with scheduling abuses. The article relates employee’s stories of being scheduled for work, arranging for child care, finding transportation, only to arrive at work to be told to go home, because business was too slow or too many employees were scheduled to work. Those who protested this penny-wise practice were summarily fired or their hours were cut. Other workers were scheduled as part-time, but told to be “on call” full time to accept additional hours at the supervisor’s discretion.

Where’s a union when you need them, right?

All those indignant and righteous souls who demonized the unions over the years… Now, perhaps those same individuals realize the union’s true worth. Without unions, workers lose the power of leverage; corporations can enact any sort of abuse they like and the employee’s only choice is to stay or go.

“Right to Work” is nothing more than a throwback to the Gilded Age; another head-scratching term like enhanced interrogation which really means torture. It’s a deliberate effort to perplex, confound, and confuse. It transforms the heinous into the innocuous.

Work in America is sounding more and more like Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Sixteen Tons, where workers owe their soul to the company store.

The giant corporations aren’t satisfied with wringing out every bit of labor they can to make insane profits off the backs of workers. There’s been a mass movement by corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes on the fruits of slave wage labor.

This corporate ploy is called “inversion”, which, in their case, is a synonym for evasion.

Inversion is when an American corporation seeks out and merges with a (usually smaller) foreign business, then uses the country where that business is located for tax purposes, thereby avoiding U.S. corporate taxes. These corporate giants essentially renounce their citizenship to evade taxes, even though they benefit from making record profits here in America.

The list of corporate defectors is long (Pfizer, Chiquita, Mylan, and AbbVie, to name a few) but the most hurtful is Walgreen’s, America’s drugstore supposedly located at “the corner of Happy and Healthy”. This is more than just greedy, it’s a betrayal.

25% of Walgreen’s $722 million in profits comes from taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

These corporations seeking tax-asylum in other countries want all the advantages of operating in America, but expect others to pay, even as they make record profits. They rely on public resources like roads to transport products, law enforcement for theft protection, and our education system (which they bash continually) to provide them with employees. Pharmaceutical companies benefit even more than other corporations from government research, government rules, and government reimbursement.

Corporate bootlickers will claim that the corporate tax rate of 40% is the highest in the developed world, but they fail to mention that corporations get to apply a long list of tax credits, subsidies, loopholes and other giveaways which means they pay much less than the top rate. According to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice, many corporations have fine-tuned their ledgers to pay no tax at all.

Just like recalcitrant middle schoolers, the corporations want it all. Not only do they demand occupational slavery without backtalk, they insist on holding on to the insane profits earned at the expense of the American worker.

Something must change; the inversion loophole, the abuse of workers, and the tsunami of cheap foreign labor. But as we all know from the past, change is something people do only when they’re out of options.

Until the American people get really desperate, nothing will change.

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2014-07-27/desperate-workers-and-insatiable-corporate-giants#.U9XAOrFCz2Q

Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Read her work at the Houston Press and MetroLeader News Service. Email Carol at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

Permission granted to post in entirety.

Cross-posted in the Labor Movement Group.

Dan Patrick incorrectly says Texas has 40 percent to 50 percent dropout rates in inner-city schools

Houston state Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor nominee, vowed to reach out to all Texans in his general-election campaign.

Addressing his party’s June 2014 state convention, Patrick continued: "I’m going to go into Democratic strongholds and I’m going to tell them about school choice and educational opportunities, because we have a 40 to 50 percent dropout rate in our inner-city schools, and that cannot stand, for those families and for our state."

We wondered about those proclaimed dropout rates.

The numbers from Patrick, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, contrast sharply with those cited by the the Texas Education Agency, which reported a statewide high school dropout rate for the class of 2012 of 6.3 percent. (Austin’s high schools averaged a 3.7 percent dropout rate, topping out at LBJ High School’s 8.4 percent rate, according to the agency.) The state said nearly 88 percent of more than 316,000 seniors graduated in 2012, with another 5 percent staying in high school and 1 percent receiving GED certificates.

More at http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2014/jul/27/dan-patrick/dan-patrick-incorrectly-says-texas-has-40-percent-/ .

Lubbock man says he was fired for being gay; law says it's OK



Casey Stegall’s direct supervisor knew he was gay.

But, after he introduced his fiancé to the kids he worked with at the Children’s Home of Lubbock, he was fired.

“I got fired just for me being who I am,” he said.

A year after being hired and spending week after week caring for the children living at the home, he was dismissed for circumstances revolving around what Lynn Harms, president of the organization, called Stegall’s lifestyle choices.

More, including a video interview of Mr. Stegall, at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-07-25/lubbock-man-says-he-was-fired-being-gay-law-says-its-ok#.U9MtO7FCz2Q .

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Lubbock man says he was fired for being gay; law says it's OK



Casey Stegall’s direct supervisor knew he was gay.

But, after he introduced his fiancé to the kids he worked with at the Children’s Home of Lubbock, he was fired.

“I got fired just for me being who I am,” he said.

A year after being hired and spending week after week caring for the children living at the home, he was dismissed for circumstances revolving around what Lynn Harms, president of the organization, called Stegall’s lifestyle choices.

More, including a video interview of Mr. Stegall, at http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-07-25/lubbock-man-says-he-was-fired-being-gay-law-says-its-ok#.U9MtO7FCz2Q .

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group.

Follow-up: Lifetime Network show on Fort Worth mortuary canceled after bodies found

FORT WORTH — A reality TV show focused on the “soul and spice” of the Johnson Family Mortuary has been canceled as a real-life drama unfolds at the east Fort Worth funeral home.

The show, titled Good Grief, was originally scheduled to premiere Wednesday — and then pushed back to early August — on the Lifetime Network.

But then came last week’s startling discovery that eight unattended bodies — seven of them decomposing — had been found inside the mortuary, which was followed by a flurry of accusations, denials and arrests.

“The program featuring the Johnson Family Mortuary has not and will not air on Lifetime,” Les Eisner, vice president, corporate communications and publicity at Lifetime Networks, said in an email. “The allegations are deeply troubling and our thoughts and prayers go to the families affected by this situation.”

More at http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/24/5994279/tv-show-on-fort-worth-mortuary.html

Wasn't it ironic that they would put a show about a mortuary on the Lifetime Network?

Related Thread:
Fort Worth Mortuary Manager Faces Abuse of a Corpse Charges

http://www.democraticunderground.com/107819622

It's National Tequila Hangover Recovery Day! (w/ kitteh pictures)

What the heck did you expect after this thread:
July 24th is National Tequila Day so here are the cat pictures!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018643268

*No cats were harmed in the process of taking these photos.











Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price (D) arrested and indicted

Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and his top assistant were arrested Friday morning by the FBI on federal bribery conspiracy charges.

An indictment filed Wednesday and unsealed Friday morning lists the following charges against Price, who was taken into custody about 8 a.m. on his way to work:

-Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits

-Deprivation of honest services by mail fraud and aiding and abetting

-Conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service

-Subscribing to a false and fraudulent U.S. individual income tax return

"The indictment unsealed today alleges that for more than a decade, in a shocking betrayal of public trust, Commissioner Price sold his office on the Dallas County Commissioners Court in exchange for a steady stream of bribes," U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña said.

Price, 64, is accused of masterminding a criminal conspiracy that helped powerful companies win lucrative county contracts in exchange for bribes and of illegally funneling campaign money into his personal accounts. Federal authorities also allege that Price illegally profited from transactions involving Dallas County and companies operated by some of his associates.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/local-politics/20140725-saldana-john-wiley-price-indictment-reveals-shocking-betrayal-of-public-trust.ece .

NCLR President Warns GOP On Child Refugees: Latino Voters Will Judge You Too Come Election Day

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President Janet Murguía ripped the Republican Party apart this week with harsh criticism over their unchristian and un-American attacks towards child refugees seeking shelter in our country. While in Los Angeles during the NCLR's annual conference, Murguía publicly shamed numerous politicians for their outrages remarks concerning these kids -- warning they carried third world diseases and plagues.

Murguía did not forget to mention Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing his recent theatrical attempt of sending troops to the border in order to garnish points for a future 2016 presidential run.

"Soldiers with guns confronting children seeking refuge," said Murguía. "What is wrong with these people? How can they talk about children like this? Who treats children this way? Every one of the elected officials I just quoted consider themselves people of faith, but there is nothing godly in their words. It is disgraceful."

Murguía sent a very clear message to Republicans: Latino voters are watching how you treat these small, defenseless members of our community at large. And we won't forget come election time.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15497/nclr-president-warns-gop-on-child-refugees-latino-voters-will-judge-you-come-election-day .

Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer sees Ted Cruz and Rick Perry as beatable in 2016

WASHINGTON – Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House strategist, says Democrats would love to face either of the Texans angling for the president’s job in 2016.

Asked to choose between Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry as a potential GOP nominee, Pfeiffer hardly missed a beat.

“That’s like would you rather have ice cream or cake?” he said over breakfast with reporters organized by The Christian Science Monitor.

Pfeiffer also said he’d been rooting for the GOP convention to go to Dallas, because it would have been so amusing to see how Cruz handled losing the nomination and then seeing the victor celebrated in his own state.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/obama-aide-dan-pfeiffer-sees-ted-cruz-and-rick-perry-as-beatable-in-2016.html/ .
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