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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 03:45 PM
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Dear President Elect Obama, my application for employment in your administration

Dear Senator Obama,

For the last several years American workers have suffered under the current administrations polices and appointees. I would like to apply for a job that is first and foremost for fairness of the American worker. I am asking to be your Secretary of Labor. I am much more qualified than Elaine Chao ever could be.

Twice in my life I have been fired illegally. Twice a union has won my rights through legal action. I know what it means to be the head of a family without a job during bad times. I know bankruptcy as a result of these actions too. I have also had two on the job accidents that resulted in two different partial impairments.

I have some unique qualifications that will provide for fairness to workers and employers on a case by case basis. Since you don't know much about me, just ask my 100,000 plus friends at the Democratic Underground for their opinion. They have been reading my labor opinions for over four years.

Regards,

Steven L Dawes
Shop Steward AFSCME Local 251.

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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 06:39 PM
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1. This was not posted as a joke

I sent the letter on to several friends in D.C. It has already grabbed some attention.

OS

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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:36 PM
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4. Did you actually send it to Mr. Obama?
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:39 PM
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9. Yep & more

The AFL-CIO, and several affiliates are thinking outside the box. :-)

They had somebody else in mind.

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Joesunionreview Donating Member (173 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 08:30 PM
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20. I told them I wasn't available
Just kidding brother, go get 'em

this is on Labourstart :)

I posted about this in my article tonight

A new day and miles to go before I sleep

Now I need sleep

In Solidarity,
Joe
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ChromeFoundry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:25 PM
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24. Go get them, Omaha Steve!
We need more people like you.

K&R
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:34 PM
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2. I wish you the best of luck, Steve!
I know you know your stuff.

I can vouch for your commitment to Labor. :hi:
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:36 PM
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3. A Secretary of Labor...
Who has, in fact, labored and understands the rubber meets road impact of DoL decisions, would be refreshing. Go for it bubba. You have my vote.
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demokatgurrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 09:27 AM
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39. Absolutely, the one they have in there now is a JOKE
I heard her say, on national TV just a few months ago, that the economy was "fine".
I would think Labor secretary should have a fucking clue about the economy.
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John Q. Citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:36 PM
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5. K & R
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:37 PM
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6. Good luck.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:38 PM
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7. I'll write a letter of recommendation
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:49 PM
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17. how about one letter, and everyone on DU signs it?
:hi:
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:39 PM
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8. To the Greatest with you!
And hopefully off to DC to serve our new Commander-in-Chief!
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:41 PM
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10. I would be happy to provide you with a letter of reference,
speaking to your passion for workers rights & your tireless efforts to educate all of us about the issues facing labor.

Good luck, Steve.
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:41 PM
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11. You should be Secretary of Labor
I recommend you.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:43 PM
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12. how can we help?
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:43 PM
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13. Steve, you have my unqualified endorsement.
Bill O'Connor
Political Director, Local Union 225 TWU AFL-CIO
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:47 PM
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14. Kicking it up for Government for and by the people
Good luck Steve!
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:47 PM
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15. Where exactly did you send it?
Supposedly the transition team will have a website at www.change.gov, but it is still password-protected. :grr:

I am much more qualified than Elaine Chao ever could be.

Then again, so is Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. :eyes:

Good luck (since you're not in my field and wouldn't be competing against me :evilgrin: )!
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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-08 02:02 AM
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49. "but it is still password-protected."
Not anymore. Go have fun! www.change.gov
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:49 PM
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16. The goal of the Labor Dept
used to be to get employers to hire more people. Now, they've changed into an agency that helps employers make fewer people work harder for less money.

That needs to change.

Good luck, Steven.

My union saved my butt on two occasions.

OTOH -- my wingnut sister's union saved her job too. She thinks unions are liberal plots and she votes Repuke.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 10:07 AM
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41. Back when I was a youngster, I had a good paying union job
that helped put me through college. I could work part time, go to school & have enough money to pay my bills. My mother used to take great pleasure in dissing unions when I came home to visit. One time, I finally told her to keep her opinions about unions to herself. I reminded her that my good paying union job meant that I didn't have to ask her for help to put me through college or pay my bills. My step-father, who was sitting at the table behind her, was grinning & giving me the thumbsup sign.

Damn, we got paid overtime for any shift that went over 8 hours - not just over a 40 hour week! We got paid time & a half on Sunday's. We got holiday pay, & since I worked in a grocery store & we were open on most holidays, if you worked on the holiday you got paid double time. That meant that along with your holiday pay, you actually got triple time. Of course, the IRS took so much out for taxes that you didn't see as much as you hoped, but it was still worth it! These types benefits paid my tuition!

I could go on & on about the benefits of the union. I quit my last job because I was salaried & they expected me to work 60 hours a week. :wtf: I had already taken a pay cut to get that job, not knowing how many hours they expected from me. At 60 hours a week my hourly rate was less than I've made in two decades!
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 08:03 PM
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18. Mr. President
I've been reading Mr. Dawes work for several years. He has an impressive understanding of issues facing middle and working class Americans. I highly recommend him for employment with your administration.
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Tindalos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 08:19 PM
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19. Best of luck.

It feels good to know that qualified people will be back in charge again. It's going to be a tough job fixing everything.
Hope you hear back soon. Good luck.


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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 08:36 PM
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21. Good luck Steve
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:15 PM
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22. Good Letter, Steve!
You're a very dedicated worker and you stand up for U.S. worker's rights. Many people don't care about others, just as long as they have "theirs."

You're a unique person and a good friend. You have my vote. :applause:
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:22 PM
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23. Anyone else from the Nebraska State Fed or the National AFL-CIO applying that you know of?
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:35 PM
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25. K & R
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eshfemme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:37 PM
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26. Whoa, and the creation of the brain trust has started
The brain drain that happened with Bush's presidency might now be cured with the attraction of new talent and minds to public service. I hope that you will gain a position with the Obama presidency to help change the country for the better. :)
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:43 PM
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27. Were I Obama, this would be a forgone conclusion.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:45 PM
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28. Best of Luck, Steve
:kick: and rec'd.
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:55 PM
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29. Dear President Elect Obama-
I have known Steve and have worked with Steve on behalf of the Democratic party in Iowa. I know him as a tireless worker, and poster, for American labor and I for one would be proud to have him represent your administration in any way.

If you should need to call me regarding Steven L Dawes further, and many, qualifications, please do not hesitate.
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Azlady Donating Member (889 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 10:01 PM
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30. Hey steve!
I'd be happy to give them a reference! Let us know when you get hired! Too awesome!
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 10:15 PM
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31. You've got a lot of work ahead of you to undo the damage that Chao has done.
Bring some vitamins. :)
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TwilightZone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 10:26 PM
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32. You'd have my endorsement.
I've been here for years and you're the first person I think of any time a labor issue gets any attention on DU. I don't even have to check the username. :)

Best of luck.

PS: By the way, thanks for the TZ stuff. I've been in the midst of moving hell and only recently got a chance to look through it all. Labor isn't the only thing about which your attention is unwavering. ;)
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 10:27 PM
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33. Cliffordu for SOD as well
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 11:18 PM
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34. Good Luck, Steve...
If you don't get the job, I hope it goes to David Bonior.

:kick: & R
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 11:54 PM
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35. Dear Senator Obama
Congratulation on your great victory for the citizens of the United States. I write to you on this day of quiet reflection and ask, as you contemplate your staff for the next four years, to consider the letter of introduction posted by our friend and defender of labor ethics, Steve "Omaha" Dawes. His tireless efforts here at the Democratic Underground (you know of us, we make a lot of noise, but a lot of sense too) to enlighten the membership of the trials and tribulations of the Nation's Labor movement (which I am POSITIVE will once again become powerful under your leadership) at great personal sacrifice to himself. I personally vouch for him, and am positive he will make a fine addition to your Cabinet.

Let's give them even more Hope for Change by placing Steve on your staff.

Best Regards,

Dain Bramaged,
UAW and Teamsters of NJ


PS

Have anything available for an old computer type guy?
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 12:30 AM
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36. Nice!
:kick:
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 06:18 AM
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37. Good Luck
I am still waiting for Elaine Chao to actually start working for labor, but I guess that would be asking to much of her.


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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 08:23 AM
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38. Morning Kick!
:kick:
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 09:50 AM
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40. Thank you FREE REPUBLIC for giving my application some legs

Any press is better than no press. Please be sure to have Rush mention my application on his show too. Controversy is coverage! The story continues.....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2126483/posts

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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 11:03 AM
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42. Let's see if it achieves MSM coverage next!
:hi:
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 11:06 AM
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43. Good luck. Oh, and GOOD BYE Elaine Chao
:hi:

That's me waving goodbye to Chao, except I'm not really smiling at her.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 11:13 AM
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44. K&R Best wishes! n/t
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 11:22 AM
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45. K&R!
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-08 12:30 AM
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46. K&R
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-08 01:08 AM
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47. Hey, I'll support you
:)
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-08 01:20 AM
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48. Error: you can only recommend threads which were started in the past 24 hours
:(
Good luck Steve-I don't think I have ever personally interacted with you but you have always been one of my favorite DUers :hug:.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 11:24 AM
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50. K&R for better days
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 12:00 PM
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51. K and R
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-10-08 05:44 PM
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52. K&R for one of the good guys
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