Please take these International Trade Agreements seriously. Third Way corporate democrats have no problem ignoring labor abuses now so if these trade agreements are allowed to become law......THEY ARE ALL ILLEGAL AND NEED TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT....WE ARE ORGANIZING AND SO SHOULD YOU!!!.....YOU WILL SEE THE CONDITIONS BELOW BECOME WIDESPREAD ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES. This is what O'Malley's and Maryland's Driving License law was about.....they wanted to exploit the undocumented in more and more industries. Meanwhile the middle-class is seeing it harder to send their kids to college, health care benefits limiting access, and pensions continually raided by fraud and economic collapse!
This is found all across America and on Maryland's Eastern Shore as we find that big agriculture enslaves both field workers and meat processors RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. This is happening because there is no government oversight! Obama's election would have reversed this if it wasn't for the fact that he is THIRD WAY CORPORATE AND SUPPORTS DEREGULATION AND NO CORPORATE RESTRICTIONS..... EVEN ILLEGAL ACTIONS!
THERE'S SOMETHING ROTTEN IN THE U.S. TOMATO INDUSTRY
Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery.’ Countless workers held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay.
Right now is the worst part of Florida’s tomato picking season – the days are hot and the vines have nearly been picked clean making it hard to fill quotas. In these final days of the season, there is also tremendous pressure for tomato farms to turn a profit making conditions ripe for worker exploitation.
Thankfully, a new solution called the Fair Food Program has been proven successful. The Fair Food Program is working to enforce a policy of zero tolerance for slavery on tomato farms.
But a major U.S. supermarket chain, Publix Super Markets, is refusing to support the Fair Food Program. Publix continues to buy tomatoes from growers that are not partners of the Fair Food Program and where workers still toil beyond the reach of its proven protection from modern slavery.
Will Publix Super Markets, which prides itself on making Fortune’s 'Best Companies to Work For' list, continue to turn a blind eye and give excuses, or will it leverage its vast market influence and lead the way in cleaning up slavery in the tomato supply chain once and for all?
Tell Publix to make the right decision to join the Fair Food Program and ensure our tomatoes meet the highest human rights standards in the food industry today.
This is why a market-based immigration bill wants to raise the limits of immigrants at both the high and low income level.....the US is moving towards a third world level of slavery that has many people paid $2 a day. WHEN THESE PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO BE EXPLOITED, THEN THE DOMESTIC POOR ARE AS WELL AND THEN ALL WAGES UP THE INCOME LADDER FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 01:22 PM EDT
Strawberry pickers fired for leaving in wildfire
United Farm Workers helped 15 ununionized workers fight back after they were fired for walking off job during fires VIDEO By Natasha Lennard SALON
A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns along a hillside in Point Mugu , Calif. (Credit: AP) Last week, when wildfires broke out in California’s Camarillo Springs, strawberry pickers working nearby found themselves struggling to breathe in ash-drenched air. Fifteen laborers stopped working and went inside for their own safety. But when they returned the next day they found that their employer, Crisalida Farms, had fired them.
“The ashes were falling on top of us,” one worker told NBC LA. “[But] they told us if we leave, there would be no job to return to.”
Although the laborers themselves were without a union, they sought help from the United Farm Workers, who won the workers their positions back through negotiations. According to NBC LA, however, only one laborer has so far chosen to return to Crisalida Farms following the incident.
“No worker shall work under conditions where they feel his life or health is in danger,” said UFW’s Lauro Barrajas, citing the union rule he had impressed upon Crisalida Farms upper management in negotiations.
Via NBC LA:
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com. More Natasha Lennard.
I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE ABUSE ON WORKERS GOES UP THE INCOME SCALE AS THE MIDDLE-CLASS DISAPPEARS AT AN ALARMING RATE. WHEN THIRD WAY SAYS IT IS WORKING FOR THE MIDDLE-CLASS.....THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE EARNING $200,000 AND ABOVE.....NOT WHAT WE HAVE NORMALLY SEEN AS THE MIDDLE-CLASS.
Below you see someone coming to the defense of O'Malley sighting that an increase in pension taxes happened only to higher income pensioners....which is a good thing. This is the reality of high income pensions vs middle/class income pensions....THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND PUBLIC PENSIONERS ARE TARGETED FOR UNENDING DEFRAUDING BY FEES AND BAD INVESTMENT. I dare say that the investment firms chosen by higher income people are more diligent in their investment outcomes!
My point today is that when you have a corporate media with no limits.....and this is what we have today....they are constantly giving us information that works to benefit the corporation or the politicians they support. O'Malley is a truly corporate pol. As I showed before, people with high incomes are moving them into dynasty accounts and foundation/estate planning that do not meet these higher taxation requirements that O'Malley pushed and that is why he pushed it. So, an article that sounds like O'Malley is holding the rich accountable is not really true....not that the commenter knows this!
THIS IS MY COMMENT TO CHARLIE:
Charlie Cooper not in the $150,000 tax bracket!! Welcome to the middle-class. What we do not want to do is praise policy that is fluff and not a fix. We all know that O'Malley deliberately left public sector pensions unfunded throughout his political career, first in Balt and now at the state level. He sent teacher's pensions packing so as to declare the state budget balanced at a time he knew localities could not afford them and now we are seeing these pensions being thrown in a very criminal market where they will lose 1/3 of the value just from fees..not even addressing the ever crashing market. This is no pension and retirement loving governor!
O'Malley has loaded the State and approved local credit bond deals that raised money through Wall Street complex financial instruments again creating the appearance of balancing the state budget but through more debt. We are loaded with these deals just as the economy is ready to crash from stock market malfeasance. As pensions were thrown into the stock market from the protection of the bond market in 2007 creating great losses for pensions, so to will they see huge losses with this coming crash that will be larger than before.
I don't know if Charlie's pension is private or public but I do know that while public pensions are always used the most as fodder, private pensions will tank as well. It won't matter the tax savings!
Md. retirees are lucky if they're affected by O'Malley's income tax hike
Constance Kihm writes that she is leaving Maryland because she "can no longer afford to support fiscal and social programs with which we do not agree" ("Farewell, my Maryland, farewell to taxes, farewell to extreme liberalism," May 10). She resents that Maryland "feels it is entitled to increase the tax burden on our hard-earned retirement income."
I am a pensioner who turned 65 last year. I discovered that Maryland does not tax the first $27,100 of retirement income! This saved my wife and me about $4,000 in state and local income tax for 2012.
If Ms. Kihm is paying higher income taxes as a result of the 2012 income tax increase, it means that she and her spouse have more than $150,000 in taxable income. On the first $50,000 above $150,000, they would owe an additional $125.
Charlie Cooper, Baltimore
STUDENT DEBT WILL KILL THE FUTURE GENERATION AS THEY ARE SADDLED FOR LIFE WITH OUTRAGEOUS TUITION COSTS THAT ARE BASED ON CREATING A CORPORATE CAMPUS FOR CORPORATE PROFIT!!!! OBAMA'S STUDENT LOAN BILL WILL HAVE THE MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS STUDENTS PAYING OFF ALMOST ALL OF THEIR LOANS WHILE THE AFFLUENT WOULD WRITE OFF MUCH OF THEIR LOANS!!
I want to point to two things...the Fed is able to lend free money to banks and corporations because it has been allowed to operate freely and fraudulently and if justice had not been delayed would not have the where-with-all to use these lending practices and all of this is happening because of Federal intervention or lack of it....so the Fed rate is controlled at will by the Federal government. I think Warren is just trying to play the game by not announcing this. Secondly, The Department of Education is run by debt collection companies and it is indeed soaking student loan people with hidden fees and rates, writing and rewriting people in and out of default each time with fees up to $3,000 added to their loans....this is pay day loan policy and that is how the Department of Education is servicing its loans....I don't know where you are getting figures that make the margin sound normal for risk. As a nation we do not have a government that preys on its citizens for profits...risk is mitigated by public policy that does not allow massive corporate fraud to crash and stagnate the economy!
The article below is from Yahoo news.....this is the most corporate news media out there and it is unfortunately what many people are reading as they log on to Yahoo.
The Truth About Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Crusade
By Yahoo! Finance |By Jason Delisle
Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to set the interest rate on federal loans made to low-income college students at 0.75 percent. Why? Because the Federal Reserve lends to banks at that rate, while the government charges 6.8 percent on most student loans; because the government “profits” by lending to low-income students; and because students are being crushed by debt.
With that mix of populist rhetoric and subterfuge, Senator Warren stands to whip up a mob of angry students (and pundits) who will demand that the government drop the interest rate on student loans to 0.75 percent. Good luck reasoning with a mob. Nevertheless, here is what everyone should know about Senator Warren’s case for lower interest rates.
The interest rate at which the “government” lends to banks is part of an emergency loan program that the Federal Reserve uses to prevent runs on banks. The 0.75 percent rate is actually a penalty rate, about three times higher than what banks charge each other in the market. Banks rarely use it, and lose money when they do. Lastly, the Federal Reserve is not part of the government, nor is it controlled by it; it is an independent entity. Therefore, the “government” does not lend to banks at 0.75 percent.
A government cash cow?
What about Senator Warren’s claim that the government makes money off loans to low-income students? Senator Warren is not telling the whole story here either. She points to figures that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says “do not provide a comprehensive measure of what federal credit programs actually cost the government and, by extension, taxpayers.” In fact, when the budget office “accounts more fully… for the cost of the risk the government takes on when issuing loans,” it reports that Subsidized Stafford loans – those made to low-income students – cost taxpayers $12 for every $100 lent out, or $3.5 billion per year. If the loans cost $3.5 billion a year when the government charges a 6.8 percent interest rate, cutting the rate to 0.75 percent would more than triple that cost.
The claim that the government makes money on these loans is even more dubious given that the Department of Education estimates that 23 percent of the Subsidized Stafford loans it makes this year will default. That puts it among the riskiest loan programs that the federal government runs. By comparison, about 7 percent of the loans under the Federal Housing Administration mortgage program are expected to default. That program provides loans to high-risk borrowers who do not qualify for a traditional mortgage because they lack the savings, income or credit history.
To be sure, the student loan program should serve high-risk borrowers. By their nature, students generally do not have collateral, earnings or credit histories. But when nearly a quarter of the loans are expected to default, charging a 6.8 percent interest rate is hardly the usury Senator Warren suggests. A non-profit credit union would charge at least double that rate.
There is a better solution
Let’s say Senator Warren is right that students are being crushed by debt. Even so, lawmakers need not cut interest rates to alleviate that burden. The government has a solution in place.
A program available now, called Pay As You Earn, allows the same borrowers who would be eligible for Senator Warren’s proposal to have their annual loan payments set at between 0% and 10% of their incomes, depending on their earnings and family size. That is, a borrower’s income – not the interest rate – dictates the payment, and it is always an affordable share of his income, never exceeding 10 percent annually. The program also guarantees that no one has to pay beyond 20 years. No matter how much a student borrows, or the interest rate, the loans are forgiven at that point.
Too few borrowers are aware of the Pay As You Earn program, however, and others struggle to enroll due to administrative hurdles. If Senator Warren were serious about easing students’ debt burdens, her first legislative proposal would have addressed those issues. Instead, she gave students a crash course on the Federal Reserve’s discount window and false hope that they will be able to borrow from it. Those students would be much better off learning about Pay As You Earn.
Jason Delisle is Director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation.
YOU SEE WHY THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATIC STATES LIKE NEW YORK AND MARYLAND WELCOME IMMIGRANTS ......THEY TURN THEIR HEADS TO WHAT THEY KNOW EXISTS.......EXPLOITATION!!!!!!
O'MALLEY AND RAWLINGS-BLAKE AS WITH THE MARYLAND ASSEMPLY AND BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL ALL KNOW THAT WAGE THEFT IS HAPPENING BIG TIME RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN!!!!
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
Report: 84 percent NY fast food workers report wage theft
A review of 500 restaurants found most companies fail to pay workers the wages they deserve By Natasha Lennard SALON
Demonstrators protesting low wages and the lack of union representation in the fast food industry stand outside of a McDonald's restaurant near Times Square in New York, April 4, 2013 (Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters) A report released Wednesday by activist and worker coalition Fast Food Forward states that 84 percent of New York fast food workers are subject to wage theft — a term used by labor organizers and advocates to mean that the employers withhold from the full wages workers are owed. The results hail from an Anzalone Liszt Grove research survey of 500 workers. The report’s release follows a series of one-day strikes coordinated by non-unionized fast food workers in five U.S. cities in recent months — from New York to Milwaukee – involving workers from chains including McDonald’s, Popeye’s and Wendy’s. Josh Eidelson reported for the Nation:
[The report] lands on the same day as a New York Times article reporting that New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “is investigating whether the owners of several fast-food restaurants and a fast-food parent corporation have cheated their workers out of wages, according to a person familiar with the cases.”…
The Fast Food Forward report identifies several types of violations as prevalent in the city’s fast food industry: employees working, without pay, before or after their shift; employees working overtime without being paid time-and-a-half; employees working during their breaks or not receiving breaks; and delivery employees not being reimbursed for expenses like gasoline or safety equipment.
The report quotes McDonald’s worker Elizabeth Rene, who says she loses up to $75 a month because she isn’t paid for the time she spends counting the register before and after her shift: “I feel cheated and used and like I’m not appreciated for my hard work.” A 2008 study by the National Employment Law Project estimated that the average low-wage worker loses 15% of his or her annual income to wage theft.