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Let There Be Peace On Earth

I think it was seeing the movie, "One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest" starring Jack Nicholson some years ago that first interested me in the unusual sounds that can come from playing a carpenters saw. I got myself a new saw a couple weeks ago and have been toying with it. It has provided hours of entertainment for me trying to make some music with it. So far, my wife is calling it a "screeching saw", but I'm determined to get it to play music some day.
Anyway, here you will experience my first attempt and hopefully I'll be able to show improvement in a few weeks.
I'm pretty sure it will make you wince a few times in listening to this so please be prepared for it.
Happy New Year everyone.

Excessive Celebration

The "excessive celebration" rule for college football games is the best thing they ever came up with. Watching football players saluting, dancing, doing cartwheels and the like after making a touch down, catching a pass, executing a good block or tackle etc. is disgusting and takes away from the game.
Hopefully, the same rule can come out for pro football as well.

Five year blog

I just realized that I've been posting on this blog for five years now. Sure doesn't seem that long and it sure has been enjoyable.
Thanks to all of you for keeping it going.

Some 2011 Changes in Medicare

Here are some major changes to medicare for 2011.

1. In the past, Medicare allowed for a one-time free check up when
seniors joined the Medicare program. Beginning in 2011, seniors will
be able to get a free check up every year.

2. Beneficiaries will no longer have to pay any cost sharing for
Medicare covered preventive services that are recommended by the U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force and rated A or B. The law also waives
the medicare deductible for colorectal cancer screening tests.

3. In 2011, the Medicare part D drug benefit doughnut hole is from
$2840 to $6447.50. When beneficiaries fall into the doughnut hole,
they must pay the entire cost of their prescription medications.
Beneficiaries would not exit the doughnut hole until they have paid a
total of $4550 in out-of-pocket costs. Beginning in 2011, Medicare
beneficiaries who fall in the Part D drug benefit doughnut hole will
receive a 50% discount on the price of their brand name drugs.
Beneficiaries who…

Oh no, Republicans might have to work holidays

Yesterday, when Republicans learned that they might have to work until Christmas, Arizona senator, Jon Kyle, blubbered to the media that it was simply sacrilegious to expect congress to work up until one of the two most sacred holidays of Christianity.

Now, I used to work in a power plant and we had to work whenever we were needed. The soldiers fighting and dieing in Afghanistan are working through the holidays and working people all over America work during "holy week". Kyle also suggested that Senator Harry Reid was disrespecting Christmas to require that congress continue doing the country's business instead of being allowed to go home with their families and wrap presents, etc. I wonder what the homeless and those who are without jobs think of Senator Kyl's remarks.

Such hog wash, and truly disgusting. We need adults in congress. Or, maybe congress should declare that the week before and after Christmas should be national holidays for all to quit working.


NIPSCO - Listen up

OK, NIPSCO. If you think I enjoy having to write about you, you're nuts. I don't. But I don't like hearing about your disciplining your workers when they have an accident either.

Now the union has worked with you to improve your appalling safety program and you've been doing great things in reducing accidents and preventing more deaths of your workers, but for some reason, you're beginning to slide back into your old ways.

When someone is hurt on the job, all other workers need to be educated as to what happened and how they can prevent future accidents of the same type. Forget the discipline. If you must discipline someone, discipline the employees boss. That's the one allowing safety rules to be broken.

Now that's all I want to say about this, so just stop the craziness.

Keep Your Stinking Hands off of Social Security

“We put those pay roll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program. Those taxes aren’t a matter of economics, they’re straight politics,”
FDR told... a Treasury official in 1941.

Find them Cookies

No matter what Elaine does to keep me from eating her Christmas cookies, I am able to find them. I really do believe that this exceptional ability to sniff out cookies is a gift from the Almighty.

I want to share what I've learned over the years so as to make it possible for my friends to also locate these wonderful treats without getting into trouble.

One way is to wait until she leaves the house. After making sure that she has driven off down the road, search high and low in every possible nook and cranny. It's important to lock the door first.
When you do locate a batch, take no more than two cookies. That way it's less likely that you will be caught.

It's important to keep looking because there are bound to be more hidden away. Some possible hiding places would be under the bed, in her dresser, in her craft room, under the kitchen sink, between the pizza pans, on the top shelf behind the Crisco can, or the ever popular empty bag of sugar in the pantry, or lastly, if al…

Your Action is needed

Dear SOAR member,


Tell Congress: Don’t Cut OUR Social Security. CALL TODAY.

Join today’s National Call Congress Day at 1-866-529-7630 and tell your Senators to SAY NO to cutting our Social Security.

The Co-Chairs of the National Fiscal Commission have proposed deep cuts to Social Security – increasing the retirement age to 69, cutting benefits for middle-class workers and reducing annual Cost of Living Adjustments. We need your help to stop them!

Social Security is a promise that must not be broken—we’ve worked hard for it and paid taxes for it. Social Security belongs to our children, our parents, our neighbors and ourselves.

ACT NOW! Your voice needs to be heard.

Call your Senators RIGHT NOW at 1-866-529-7630. After providing your zip code you’ll be given a choice of which of your state’s two senators to be connected with. Call BOTH if you have the time. It only takes a minute each.

Tell the person who answers the phone:

"I am a voter/constituent living in [your state]. I am c…

Something to think about

A few months ago I was in Pittsburgh visiting a friend. While looking over his garden, I heard a ruckus and saw a fire coming from a car parked in the parking lot of a drivethru restaurant. You can see the video here. The fire was the result of the driver throwing his change into his ash tray which was missing the lighter. Evidently a dime got stuck in the hole where the lighter would normally be. The car was totalled.

Today, I was checking smoke detectors in the house and after replacing a weak battery, placed the old battery into my front pocket. Later this evening, all of a sudden I felt a burning sensation. Evidently the battery terminals had come in contact with some change in my pocket. Man, that battery was hot hot hot.

Tell Congress: Don't Carve Up Social Security

Tell Congress: Don’t Carve Up Social Security

The Co-Chairs of the National Fiscal Commission have proposed carving up Social Security like a Thanksgiving turkey. They want to increase the retirement age to 69 – making us work longer, deeply cut benefits for middle-class workers and reduce annual Cost of Living Adjustments. We need your help to stop them!

Join thousands of Americans in a National Call Congress Day on Tuesday, November 30—CAN WE COUNT ON YOU?

We need you to SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, November 30th to TELL CONGRESS – DON’T CUT OUR SOCIAL SECURITY!

Social Security is a promise that must not be broken—we’ve worked hard for it and paid taxes for it. It belongs to all of us sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Save the date to join the National Call Congress Day on Tuesday, November 30. The number to call is 1-866-529-7630. (*This phone number is not live yet, you must wait until the big call-in day!)

Call your United States Senators and your Representative. Tell them not…

Thoughts of Gardening

We're still enjoying lettuce hear in Northern Indiana gardens. Our leeks are still in the ground and since I've never eaten leeks before, I'll be glad when they find themselves in some soup or whatever you do with leeks.
Such nice weather we've had. Just like Spring. Garden catalogs are beginning to come in and soon, when the weather gets cold, I'll enjoy looking through them and deciding what to plant come Spring.
I suppose I could prune the raspberries for next year's growth, but it's a little to wet for me so I'll wait till Spring.
Last Friday was our SOAR Chapter meeting. We all brought in something to share for lunch with Mike Henning, our chapter Vice President bringing in a deep fried turkey. Gosh, was that ever good.

Unions Improve Happiness

People who live in countries with a high density of union membership are happier than those who do not.

So says Benjamin Radcliff, a professor at Notre Dame and the co-author of a study about unions in 14 nations.

His study crunched life-satisfaction data from several European countries, as well as Japan, Australia and the Unite States.

Radcliff said he found "a causal relationship" between happiness and the density of unions.
"People who have union jobs like their jobs better," he told reporters. "And that puts pressure on other employers to extend the same benefits and wages to compete with the union shops."

Denmark ranks near the top in both categories while the United States, by contrast, ranks in the bottom third for happiness among the countries studied.

Resource: USW@Work

Good year for a garden

What a great year it was for a garden. The only things left are leeks and lettuce. This will be the last week for harvest as the weather is supposed to get pretty cold.
Soon the seed catalogs will be arriving and as most gardeners, am looking forward to planning next years crops.

Nancy Dembowski Congratulated by SOAR

SOAR Chapter 30-18 President, Dorine Godinez (left) and SOAR International Secretary Treasurer, Charlie Averill (right) congratulate Indiana House District 17 Representative and SOAR member, Nancy Dembowski on her recent re-election.

Nancy Dembowski is a real winner

"To the hundreds of volunteers who made more than 15,000 phone calls, especially the teacher groups and union members who gave so many evening and weekend hours to our campaign, we can never thank you enough. To the Democratic Party organizations in Starke, Marshall and LaPorte counties who never fail to stand with me, I thank them for caring so much about the working families of this district. We will continue to stand for those working families and fight for them because they are the very foundation of this great district."

Nancy Dembowski, Indiana House District 17

Source: The Starke County Leader

Congratulations and the time

Congratulations Indiana State Representative Nancy Dembowski on her win in House District 17.
Congratulations to Nick Bourff for win for Starke County Prosecuting Attorney.
Congratulations to Joe Donnelly, Indiana District 2 Congressman.
You've all done very well, and the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees is proud of you all.

Now.......who the heck is responsible for it being dark outside in Starke County at 5 pm? That person shoud be..........I'm afraid to say.

Vote for America

Big day tomorrow. This election will have a huge impact on working families and retirees. Many things could be affected by the result.
Social SecurityMedicare“Right to Work for less”The minimum wageWorkers CompensationLabor lawsSafety lawsRetirement securityJobsEducationWarHealth CareHaving a garden for several years has taught me a great truth. Whatever type of seed that I put in the ground, that is what the crop will surely be. The result of tomorrow’s election will be no different; In this election, Americans will ultimately reap what they sow.
Please Vote!

Vote for Nick Bourff for Starke County Prosecutor

Nick Bourff is a practicing attorney at the law firm of Nichols & Wallsmith in Knox, Indiana. He specializes in the areas of Criminal Defense and Family Law. To date, he is unbeaten in criminal jury trials.

Nick grew up in Knox, and went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in English and Speech from Wabash College. He then attended the University of Dayton School of Law and earned his Doctor of Law degree. Nick passed the Indiana Bar Exam the summer after he graduated law school, and has been practicing law in Starke County ever since.

Nick is married to Erin Bourff, who is originally from Winamac, Indiana. They have one son, Clive, who was born on May 24th, 2010. They currently live in Knox, and are both very active in the local community. Nick is the Vice President of Kiwanis, and holds positions on the Knox Park Board, the Starke County Junior Achievement Board of Directors, and the Purdue 4-H Extension Board. He is also a member of the Indiana Trial Lawye…

Nancy Dembowski Our pick for sure

Nancy Dembowski has been endorsed by the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR). Nancy is a member of SOAR and is a friend of working families and retirees.
Let's maintain that necessary check and balance in Indiana.
Nancy's opponent is a "right to work for less", Chamber of Commerce, killer coke distributor and would be a nightmare for workers and retirees.

Vote for Nancy Dembowski !

Vote for David Matsey!

Election Day is quickly approaching. Voters have an important choice to make for Circuit Court Judge. I have a longstanding committment to my profession and to Starke County. We need to make a change and get the court back on track. I have a proven record of experience, hard work, and effective results. As Judge, I will:
Control court spendingImprove court efficiency Eliminate the huge backlog of unresolved casesBetter manage the jail population and reduce dangerous overcrowdingProvide the Change We NeedWork effectively with other office holdersI am honored to serve Starke County and will do all I can to make sure Starke County is a safe place to live and raise a family. Thank you for your support! I ask for your vote on November 2nd. David P. Matsey

Donnelly v. Walorski

The Following is from the USW Rapid Response:

Congressional Candidate Comparison

Please click on the following for printable candidate comparison information for this key race in Indiana.

Second Congressional District (Donnelly v. Walorski)

Vote for America-Vote for

Brad Ellsworth for U.S. Senate
Joe Donnelly for Congress in Indiana 2nd CD
Nancy Dembowski for Indiana State Representative in House District 17
Dwight Fish for Indiana State Representative in House District 21
Steve Kramer for Dyer Town Council

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All Tricks and No Treats

Washington could have an especially frightening “treat” for Americans this Halloween. The President’s Fiscal Commission and deficit-hawks in Congress have a terrifying new plan for America’s workers, requiring them to stay on the job until 70 years old before qualifying for full Social Security benefits.

Be afraid…be very afraid…

Nancy Dembowski

Nancy Dembowski is my Representative in the Indiana House of Representatives District 17.

Nancy is a member of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR). She has done a magnificent job of representing working families and retirees in our state.

SOAR Chapter 30-18 representing NIPSCO retirees voted unanimously to endorse the re-election of Nancy. We hope that you will vote for her as well.

You can visit her website at this web address.

BOYCOTT Del Monte Fresh Fruit


Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, have serviced Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A. through a stevedore at the Pier 5, Camden, New Jersey facility for the past 22 years. They have performed their duties professionally, efficiently, and with respect to Del Monte’s economic concerns. They have never heard any complaints about their service or economics from this company. The employees that work on the terminal have been working for the same wage rate that they were making 19 years ago. They have the lowest pension plan in the industry as a result of keeping costs under control.

Del Monte has a lease agreement with the State of New Jersey until 2018, and is now vacating the Pier 5 facility. Del Monte also has an operating agreement with Delaware River Stevedore, Inc, until December 31, 2010.

On Thursday, July 22, 2010, Del Monte’s officers demanded $5 million in labor cost reductions and approximately $25…

Labor Supports Dembowski, Donnelly, Ellsworth

Active and retired union members came out last Saturday in Plymouth, Indiana to support Nancy Dembowski for Indiana House of Representatives, Joe Donnelly for Congress and Brad Ellsworth for U.S. Senate.

Elect Pro-Worker Allies

Sisters and Brothers,

We've already fought successful trade cases that are protecting workers in rubber and pipe production, and we're actively pursuing cases that would boost paper and other sectors. We're working to promote manufacturing and prevent offshoring by taking China to task for their unfair, illegal, and job-killing trade practices. And we're constantly fighting to protect our workers by pushing for improved health and safety laws.

But our success in efforts like this often depends on support from elected officials. That is why it is crucial that we elect pro-worker allies when we vote in November's midterm elections.

In the coming weeks, you'll be hearing from the Union and your fellow Steelworkers with information on our candidates and the choices we face in 2010. I hope you will seriously consider this information and ultimately decide to join me and thousands of others as we support candidates who will stand with the Steelworkers and fight for our …

Republican Teaparty Contract?

“Hmmm.....The Republican Contract with America.....Brought to you by the same folks who don’t believe YOU should have any contract at all. What a concept”.

Meridith Merriner

Tits for an Ass

The President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, looking for ways to balance the federal budget, met for the fifth time on Wednesday, but hard decisions are not expected until after the November 2 elections.

Social Security is one of several areas being considered by the panel for changes, and picketers outside the meeting demanded the commission keep its hands off the program. A top target of protesters was Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator and now a co-chairman of the commission, who this summer described Social Security as “a milk cow with 310 million tits.”

The National Organization for Women (NOW) has a new slogan: “Tits for an Ass,” and NOW members arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday with 1,500 rubber baby bottle tops (nipples) and presented them to the Fiscal Commission as part of its campaign calling for the removal of Simpson.

According to The Washington Post, NOW President Terry O'Neill told Simpson that she was gi…

The Union Steward

When are these of lowly payWith haggard look and hair of gray?They get no rest by day or night.They’re always wrong. They’re never rightThey do not have a law degreeBut go to bat for you and meThough seldom have they been to collegeThey must have the widest knowledgeOf labor grades and when to grieveVacation pay and sickness leaveOf overtime and who’s to do itOf coffee breaks and who’s to brew itThe how and which and why and whenAnd the problems of women and menIf, with forepersons they agreeThen they’re rats who’ve got weak kneesIf, to workers they try to cater,They’re branded as agitatorsThose who have to take this jobAre called STEWARDS of your shop.
Thank Your
Union RepresentativeFor their hard work

Please do this for your country - and me

Please copy and print the letter below, sign it and mail it to your congressman. Then let me know you did that by phoning me at 574-772-3332 or email me at If I can get enough of them mailed, my SOAR Chapter will get a free banner and I'll be very appreciative.


Charlie Averill

Here's the letter:

U. S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative ________________________

I am writing to inform you of the callous disregard David Cote, CEO of Honeywell and a member of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has for working families and urge you to demand his resignation from this Presidential Commission.

On June 28, Honeywell locked out 230 union workers at its hexafluoride plant in Metropolis, Illinois, even though they offered to continue working under the terms of their expired labor agreement. Under Cote’s leadership, Honeywell had proposed eliminating retiree health care and increasing workers’ out-of-po…


Do you have the program iTunes on your computer?
If not, you should get it.
Every computer should have iTunes.
It's free and you can get it here.

Once the program is downloaded. Open it.
Then go to the iTunes Store.
In the upper right hand corner, search for The Voice of SOAR.
Then, look for the SOAR logo and click on Subscribe.
The podcast will downloaded to iTunes.
You can then click on the words Get All and all of the episodes for that podcast will be downloaded to your computer.
Podcasts are free and there are podcasts for any interest you may have.
They can either be heard right on your computer or if you have an iPod you can plug it into your computer and have them transferred to your iPod so you can listen to them later.
Give it a try.

Premium Reductions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT:September 21, 2010 Jim Centner (412) 562-2575Medicare and Medicaid Announce Premium Reductions in Medicare Advantage Program(Pittsburgh) --The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that seniors in the Medicare Advantage program would see an average one percent reduction in annual premiums in 2011, while benefits will remain similar to what was offered in 2010. "This flies in the face of some of the lies being spread," said USW SOAR Director Jim Centner. "Critics from the right have claimed that the healthcare overhaul law would lead to companies abandoning the Medicare Advantage program in significant numbers and seniors facing higher premiums and reduced benefits."SOAR says that this is another example of how the Affordable Care Act benefits seniors because it provides the CMS with ability to negotiate health plans in competitive marketplace."…

Help Do Away With Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Tomorrow afternoon, September 21, the U.S. Senate is to take up the defense authorization bill which contains language to overturn the military policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell which discriminates against gay and lesbian soldiers.As I understand it, this issue has been festering for at least 17 years. Senator John McCain from Arizona said at one point that if the military brass agreed with doing away with the policy, then he would consider going along with that. Well, the military brass now agrees that to do away with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is the right thing to do. However, tomorrow, Senator McCain is expected to lead the Republicans in a filibuster of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.Isn’t it time that we do away with this discriminatory policy in our military? Why must Americans always find someone to feel superior to? We’ve done it because of skin color. We’ve done it to women in the workplace. We do it with people who want to form unions. We do it with those of a different re…

Killer Coke

A September 11th Memory

September 11th, 2001 A September 11th Memory - by Charlie Averill
In September, 2001, a legislative internship program was developed for members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR). The program was put together by the United Steelworkers Legislative office in Washington, D.C.I, along with about ten other retirees took advantage of the program and checked into our motel in Arlington Virginia. On September 10, 2001, we reported to the legislative office for our orientation. The program was to begin the following day.On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, while enjoying our coffee and listening to our first instructor, one of the workers came into the room, turned on the television, and told us to watch. As we saw the two planes crash into the World Trade Center and soon collapse, we also heard sirens outside our building as fire trucks, emergency vehicles and police headed towards Arlington where another plane crashed into the Pentagon.Our building…

Employee Rights

Employee RightsThe National Labor Relations Act extends rights to many private-sector employees including the right to organize and bargain with their employer collectively. Employees covered by the Act are protected from certain types of employer and union misconduct and have the right to attempt to form a union where none currently exists.Examples of Your Rights As An Employee Under the NLRA Are: Forming, or attempting to form, a union among the employees of your employer. Joining a union whether the union is recognized by your employer or not. Assisting a union in organizing your fellow employees. Engaging in protected concerted activities. Generally, "protected concerted activity" is group activity which seeks to modify wages or working conditions. Refusing to do any or all of these things. However, the union and employer, in a State where such agreements are permitted, ma…

The Toll of War - Howard Zinn

The Toll of WarDemocracy flies out the window as soon as war comes along. So when officials in Washington talk about democracy, either here or abroad, as they take this country to war, they don't mean it. They don't want democracy; they want to run things themselves. They want to decide whether we go to war. They want to decide the lives and deaths of people in this country, and they certainly want to decide the lives and deaths of people in Iraq and all over the Middle East.Faced with this attitude, our job is just a simple one: to stop them.I am not going to go into the Bush arguments, if that's what they are. No, don't make me do that.Don't make me point out the U.S. violations of international law.Don't make me point out that even if Saddam Hussein has not gone along with this resolution or that resolution of the U.N. Security Council, the United States is about to violate the fundamental charter of the United Nations, which declares that nations may not in…

Alan Simpson Could Not Get on a Jury

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August 31, 2010

Retiree Leader: Alan Simpson Could Not Get on a Jury

Slurs Toward Women, Seniors Disqualify Service on Fiscal Commission

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, who late last week wrote President Obama to demand the resignation of Alan Simpson as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Simpson referred to Social Security as “a milk cow with 310 million tits" and told a prominent advocate for older women to, “call when you get honest work.”

“There is not a judge in this country that would allow Alan Simpson to serve on a jury if Social Security were on trial.


Letter to the Editor - Starke County Leader

Retirees of NIPSCO who are on Medicare Part D, often find themselves entering the infamous “donut hole”, which was the result of the Republican answer to our seniors difficulty in paying for the high costs of prescription drugs and where seniors have to pay the full premium but get no benefits. Thanks to President Obama and the Democrats, those finding themselves in the infamous donut hole this year will receive $250 and next year will get their brand name prescriptions at half price. By the year 2020 this ill conceived donut hole will be completely closed.

The new health care law is not easy to fully understand, but wanting to fully understand it is certainly no reason for Talia Reed in her letter of June 17 in the Leader to criticize our State Representative, Nancy Dembowski for wanting to do just that.

Then, in the July 22 issue, Talia Reed once again wrote a letter to The Leader criticizing our State Representative, Nancy Dembowski, for having received a poor rating from the Indi…

Thanks to Democrats

House Passes Jobs Bill for States, Obama Set to SignPosted By Mike Hall On August 10, 2010 @ 3:28 pm In Economy, In the States, Legislation & Politics | No Comments After months of Republican obstruction[1] in the Senate, vital aid to states facing massive budget shortfalls[2] and layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers, public employees, police officers and firefighters is on its way to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The bill just passed the House by 247-161[3] a few minutes ago. Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:Simply put, this vote keeps us on the path to economic recovery….Republicans who continue to fight for tax cuts for the super rich did everything in their power to defeat funding for teachers and firefighters, adding to the laundry list of anti-jobs votes they’ve taken.Read Trumka’s full statement here[4].BTW, it’s fully paid for in part by closing costly corporate tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship American jobs overseas. Wor…

Republicans announce Economic Policy

What is their policy?

Maintain tax cuts for the rich.Pay for this tax cut by soaking the middle class.Repeal the Medical Insurance law.Amend the constitution whenever it doesn't suit them.
Raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 years old.Always vote no.Do things the way Republicans did under George W. Bush
What a bunch of clods.

Corporate Traitors vs. Working Class Heroes

At the Honeywell Corp. plant in Metropolis, IL, workers process "yellow
cake" uranium into a highly refined "green salt" for the atomic power
industry and nuclear weapons.

The United Steelworkers have been negotiating with Honeywell for months.
Despite an offer by the union to continue working without an agreement,
corporate "greed-heads" locked out the workers.

These workers have performed this dangerous work for over fifty years.
There is growing proof that workers, families and local residents have a
cancer rate much higher than normal. Any clues?

During war-time, unions give up raises and agree to "no-strike" clauses and
pay freezes. US Steel, Ford, GM, Alcoa, and others continue to make huge
profits from war production.

What would the public say about a union that went on strike against the
steel, aluminum, aircraft, or automotive industry during time of war? They
would be reviled. People would demand the greedy "union thugs" return to

District 7 SOAR coordinators gear up to fight

A lively group of SOAR members attend a special school at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. The school focuses on how to organize and build active, fighting SOAR chapters. This special SOAR school is a first time pilot project and takes place during the regular District 7 Summer Institute. The Institute is sponsored by District 7 and the U of I Labor Education Program. This year is the 64th annual Institute.

Posted by Scott Marshall, Dist 7 SOAR

The Teabagger Pledge

Posted by Mike Workman

The Teabagger Pledge

I, ________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:

I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.

I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.

I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls.

Also, I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:

• Social Security
• Medicare/Medi…

Dirty Little Secrets

Posted on the Huffington Post, July 13, 2010By Robert Creamer, Political organizer, strategist and author Dirty Little Secrets the Republicans Don't Want You to Know The Republicans have a set of dirty little (actually not so little) secrets they don't what you to know -- and certainly don't want you to think about when you go to the polls in November. And the fact is that some of those secrets could provide Democrats with silver bullets this fall. But first let's recall the context. Over the course of eight short years -- between 2000 and 2008 -- the Republicans methodically executed their plan to transform American society. They systematically transferred wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest two percent of Americans -- slashing taxes for the wealthy. They eviscerated the rules that held Wall Street, Big Oil and private insurance companies accountable to the public. They allowed and encouraged the recklessness of the big Wall Street …