UNEMPLOYED? IF YOUR LABOR AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT RUNNING LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES AGAINST THESE CORPORATE POLS.......THEY ARE NOT WORKING FOR YOU AND ME!!!!!
The gentleman from New Jersey who was the contractor losing the bid for the telecom job after having bid 1/2 of what the company given the bid did talked with me afterwards and gave me his card as I work to investigate this deal further. He was incredulous that anyone could lose a bid like that and told me that NEVER happened in New Jersey. He could not believe the level of corruption in the Baltimore system. Keep in mind that New Jersey was once the most corrupt in the nation.....Maryland now has that spot.....and was forced by Federal justice department to reform a decade ago. The Center for Public Integrity's State Corruption Study identified New Jersey as having a model government system of reforms in cleaning up crime and corruption. It didn't say New Jersey was the cleanest.....it said that it had all of the systems in place to move it in that direction and this New Jersey contractor was telling me it works in New Jersey.
WE ARE DEMANDING THAT MARYLAND IMPLEMENT THE SAME TYPES OF CORRUPTION REFORMS AS NEW JERSEY AND STOP DENYING THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH CRIME AND CORRUPTION IN MARYLAND!!!!!
We know this is no where near happening now as I attend yet another Baltimore City Council labor meeting that same evening and have to confront yet another government scam of the people.....it is never ending. Again I am looking at Curran who as usual is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. This meeting is about the casino jobs coming to Baltimore and just to refresh memories, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Governor Martin O'Malley recruited their standard coalition of labor and justice organizations to promote his agenda of gambling and as usual labor and justice were screwed as per this meeting. Now, I spent all last year telling these labor and justice organizations they were being used and would not get jobs, but they tried one more time to believe in their leaders and backed the issue, even as gambling hurts these same people. THIS IS ORWELLIAN!!!
I enter the room for the labor meeting early and heard Curran saying out of one side of his mouth to the casino people 'you have to give some union work on this casino site.....only the construction laborers for instance.....don't worry about those inside'. Then, as the room filled with black, underserved union labor ready for work guaranteed them, Curran speaks out of the other side of his mouth in saying 'As head of Baltimore's labor committee I'm a strong supporter of unions'! Remember, I have said that Baltimore has the most repressive labor environment for the working class in the nation and this committee is the driver of that. So we listened to the casino owner and all of the Mayor's staff talking about what needs to be done to get ready for the casino opening in about a year and there are all kinds of repeated words of '1,800 jobs for the Baltimore area and strong, good-paying work' just as we heard in those casino referendum commercials.....ONLY NONE OF IT IS TRUE.....THEY WERE ALL LYING RIGHT TO OUR FACES ........ AGAIN. I THINK THEY WILL FIND THAT THIS WILL BE THE STRAW THAT BREAKS THE CAMEL'S BACK AS FAR AS LABOR AND JUSTICE BELIEVING THESE POLS.
Rawlings-Blake's staff then went on to talk of needing to build all kinds of job training programs for these jobs....making these same non-profits/private parnerships to ready the future casino workers.....community colleges as the focal points for training. They talked about Obama's Federal job training money and the need for local taxpayer money to meet these goals. THERE WAS UNLIMITED REFERENCE TO MAKING ALL THIS AVAILABLE TO THE BLACK AND WORKING CLASS IN BALTIMORE WHO HAVE OUTRAGEOUS UNEMPLOYMENT STATS.
THEN THE PIGS STARTED TO FLY.....THE PIGS STARTED TO ACCUMULATE SLOWLY AND BY THE END OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS 'QUESTIONING PERIOD' THOSE PIGS FLYING FILLED THE ROOM.
Helen Holton who always speaks out about how bad a policy is after it has happened played her usual role in not knowing that a contractor job fair had happened and it did not include any black/minority contractors.......because they did not know of the job fair. Holton and other council members pretended not to have known themselves....we see this all the time. I reminded Holton when my time came to speak that this contractor meeting was on all media outlets as they all made clear there were no minority contractors present. The problem as is normal is that it hit the airwaves after the event so no publicity would happen and only the connected would sign up and register. THESE CITY COUNCIL PEOPLE WERE LEFT IN THE DARK THEY SAID AS THE FIRST PHASE OF JOB DEVELOPMENT LEAVES OUT THE SAME LABOR AND JUSTICE PEOPLE WHO WERE SOLD ON THE JOB CREATION!
THESE POLS ARE ANIMALS!!!!!!
To wind up this situation I spoke to all of the hypocrisy by saying this " I spoke to the AFL-CIO and the SEIU in early December as they were happy over winning the casino referendum and thinking of the jobs. Both unions told me that they SHOOK HANDS AND WERE ASSURED BY BOTH CASINOS.....MGM AND CAESARS IN BALTIMORE THAT THEY EMBRACED CASINO UNIONS AND THESE CASINOS WOULD BE UNION CASINOS. GOVERNOR O'MALLEY AND MAYOR RAWLINGS-BLAKE ACTIVELY SOUGHT AND TOLD UNIONS THEY WOULD GET THE JOBS AND THESE JOBS WOULD BE GOOD JOBS AND WOULD HIRE LOCALLY.
What I was hearing at this meeting was the opposite of all of this. The Mayor's office deliberately left out minority contractors from the start.....they were obviously planning to move ahead without union participation and contrary to what your city council member says......they knew this...... and we already hear in there voice that none of the policy needed to circumvent criminal background issues for many Baltimore workers has even been discussed. SO THEY DO NOT INTENT TO HIRE THE VERY GROUPS THEY HAD LEADING THIS FIGHT FOR THE CASINOS. I made very public that all across the nation I am seeing these casinos leaving Vegas and going to states bringing the high-paying jobs and staffing with them.....not hiring locally and the are hiring part-time, not full-time leaving people with poverty jobs. WE KNOW THAT IS THE INTENTION AND WE ARE SAYING WE WILL NOT HAVE THIS!!!!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!
This is of course happening all across the nation and people are wakening to the fact that these Third Way corporate pols are working for corporate and wealth at the expense of labor and justice.
UNEMPLOYED? IF YOUR LABOR AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT RUNNING LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES AGAINST THESE CORPORATE POLS.......THEY ARE NOT WORKING FOR YOU AND ME!!!!!
Baltimore residents hear casino jobs plan; Some skeptical Some residents angry that casino exec.'s left before public commenting
Published 8:25 AM EST Jan 24, 2013 WBAL TV
The local hiring plan was presented as part of a City Council public hearing on the issue.
"What I realize is that the American dream, for the last four years, I haven't been having," said city resident James Commander.
Commander is one of thousands hoping to land a job at the new Caesars casino complex that plans to open in 2014 on a parcel of land in the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium.
"We need these jobs. We want these jobs," Commander said.
At the hearing, the mayor's office revealed details of a memorandum of understanding between the city and Caesars that promises to give priority to qualified city residents to help fill close to 1,800 jobs at the Horseshoe Casino.
"It is really our job to make sure that we do everything possible to do a very, very broad outreach for a community hiring effort," said Karen Sitnick of the mayor's Office of Employment Development.
"I need people that know the city. I need people that are passionate about the city -- that can answer questions about the city. You don't get that if you're not from the city," said Caesars spokesman Chad Barnhill.
But later at the hearing, a group of community leaders and local labor union members cornered the Caesar executives in the hallway. They were upset that the executives left the hearing just as the public comment period began.
"If you're not concerned enough to stay around and hear their concerns, it doesn't lend well to the idea that you're trying to give back to the city," said community organizer Richie Armstrong.
The union members said the early exit reinforced their distrust of the hiring memorandum of understanding between the city and Caesars.
"It doesn't hold anybody accountable, because you can say, 'I tried to reach the goal but somehow we failed.' That still leaves the residents out in the cold," Armstrong said.
As part of the memorandum of understanding, Caesars has agreed to submit workforce reports to the city twice a year to show how many of its workers live in Baltimore.
THIS WAS THE PROPAGANDA PUBLISHED IN MEDIA AND SOLD BY MAYOR RAWLINGS-BLAKE AND CITY COUNCIL......WE KNOW NONE OF THIS IS EXPECTED TO HAPPEN.
SEE WHY RAWLINGS-BLAKE IS MOVING TO A NEW AND HIGHER POSITION IN THE PARTY? SHE AND O'MALLEY HAVE HANDED MARYLAND AND ITS CITIZENS OVER TO THE 1% BETTER THAN ANY OTHER!!!!!!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!
Baltimore to vote on deal to boost local hiring at Caesars casinoLas Vegas company agrees to make outreach, training efforts in Baltimore
Stephen Martino, State Lottery Agency, left, has a word with… (Kim Hairston, Baltimore…)December 18, 2012|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
City officials are expected to sign off Wednesday on a deal that promises to help residents seeking the 1,700 jobs planned for Horseshoe Casino Baltimore — addressing one of the main arguments made by gambling supporters in the debate over expanding casinos in Maryland.
A Caesars Entertainment subsidiary has agreed to fund a temporary employee in the mayor's employment development office to lead hiring efforts in Baltimore, to print informational materials targeting potential employees in the city, and to report twice a year to city officials on hiring progress toward its workforce development plan.
"The agreement will go a long way to ensure that city residents are prioritized and have the first chance to seize these new job opportunities at a time when people need it most," said Ryan O'Doherty, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
City workforce advocates welcomed the move but said efforts with previous projects show it will take persistence to ensure that residents learn of the opportunities and have access to specialized training needed for many jobs. Extensive background checks could also pose a challenge to getting some residents hired, a city councilwoman acknowledged.
Caesars officials said local hiring is always a priority when building in a new community.
"Working within the local community is always going to make the most sense," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, an executive vice president for Las Vegas-based Caesars. "If you want to be an integral part of the community, local hiring is your first step."
Casino jobs were the focus of many campaign commercials during the run-up to the November referendum, when Maryland voters approved Question 7 to allow table games and a sixth casino in the state. Proponents, including Rawlings-Blake, urged votes in favor the measure for the tax revenue and jobs it could create.
"Question 7 means thousands of jobs and millions for our schools," she said in one ad, with former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden towering behind her.
The agreement with Caesars helps ensure that those jobs benefit city residents, said Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector. State law encourages casino operators to hire within a 10-mile radius of the facilities, but city officials are seeking to narrow that scope to provide opportunities for thousands of unemployed residents who live near enough to the casino's Russell Street site that they could commute by public transit.
"That's not good enough for Baltimore City," Spector said of the state policy. "These are new kinds of jobs for us."
Spector plans to gather representatives from the mayor's employment office, the casino, unions and other stakeholders at a televised public hearing Jan. 23, when more details of hiring and training needs will be discussed.
The agreement requires the mayor's employment office to develop "talent scout reports" to find and market qualified residents to Caesars and its subcontractors. Jobs are expected to include construction, initially, but then positions on the casino floor, in restaurants and other parts of the facility.
Given the specialized nature of many jobs, city officials are emphasizing the need for training. Caesars is also being required to, if possible, establish employee mentoring programs.
"Of course we won't find table game operators in the general public," said Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. "We can be a city with lots of them, as soon as you train us."
But there will also be hurdles, Spector acknowledged.
Those offered jobs working at a casino in Maryland must fill out a 14-page gaming employee license form, which is reviewed by staff from the state lottery and gaming commission. Applicants must indicate if they've been charged with a crime, but also must reveal if they've been the subject of a criminal complaint or an investigation by any government agency or organization.
Those filling out the form must also disclose if they or any business they worked for has filed for bankruptcy.
The Maryland State Lottery Commission warns applicants that it "will make inquiries to establish whether the identified individuals have had any involvement with law enforcement agencies" and says failure to disclose past incidents will "be take into account in assessing the applicant's character, honesty, and integrity."
A spokesperson for the commission said staffers spend about 40 hours completing a background check for executive-level employees, and 20 hours for table game dealers and others who work directly with gamblers. Sixteen new employees will be hired to deal with the license applications.
The outreach needed to find potential applicants will also be a challenge, said some who have experience in workforce development on city projects. Caesars has agreed to pay up to $80,000 to employ a community recruitment coordinator in the mayor's employment office for a yearlong period around the opening of the casino, which is expected in 2014.
HERE YOU SEE LOCAL UNIONS FIGHTING FOR THIS GAMBLING ISSUE BECAUSE THEY ARE TOLD THEY WOULD HAVE LOTS OF JOBS AND THAT THE CASINOS WOULD BE UNIONIZED INSIDE AND OUT. THIS GAMBLING ISSUE WOULD NOT HAVE PASSED IF THE LABOR UNIONS DID NOT MOBILIZE......THESE SAME POLS......O'MALLEY AND ALL OF MARYLAND'S INCUMBENTS USE LABOR TIME AND AGAIN FOR ISSUES AND THEN NEVER USE THEM.
VOTE ALL THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
Local: Maryland Unions slam Md. leaders for gambling-expansion debacle
June 25, 2012 | 3:53 pm | Modified: June 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm
Ben Giles Staff Writer - Crime Beat The Washington Examiner
A local union leader accused Maryland lawmakers Monday of "playing games" with people's lives by derailing a deal to expand gambling in the state, a move that could add nearly 4,000 jobs in Prince George's County.
Maryland lawmakers have struggled through a debate over gambling that could lead to a sixth state casino in Prince George's County and the authorization of table games such as blackjack and roulette at all state casino sites.
However, voters in a statewide referendum also must approve any expansion of gambling, and four out of five Marylanders want to the opportunity in November to make the choice themselves, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of the Building Trades for the National Harbor, site of a proposed $800 million casino.
And 53 percent of voters think there's room for improvement in Maryland's slots program, which some have criticized as uncompetitive compared with other local states', the poll by Annapolis firm OpinionWorks found.
Ten percent of those polled think the state's gambling program is the best that it can be.
Not allowing voters to have a say on measures that would bring thousands of construction jobs to Prince George's and increase tax revenues for the state would be a shame, said Vance Ayres, executive secretary-treasurer of the Washington D.C. Building Trades Council.
"You're putting people's careers on the backburner," Ayres said. "You've got people here [in Annapolis] bickering about things they shouldn't even be bickering about."
Ayres joined leaders from the SEIU and AFSCME labor unions to deliver a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George's, asking for a speedy resolution to the gambling debate.
The Building Trades for the National Harbor has begun running a television ad to go with its radio campaign supporting gambling expansion.
I just read a mainstream media write-up on Geithner that praised him for his work in Treasury as did Obama. Geithner was the equivalent of the mob's handlers in what was the largest looting of government coffers and citizens in history. You see how the mainstream news are trying to paint a revisionist history even as journalism all around them provide evidence and real investigative analysis.......THIS IS CAPTURED STATE MEDIA JUST AS EXISTS IN CHINA AND WE SHOULD BE OUT IN THE STREETS IN THE MILLIONS OVER THIS!!!!!!!
GET OUT AND PROTEST AND VOTE THESE CRIMINALS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!
Economy The Guardian / By Glenn Greenwald
Obama's Failure to Punish Banks Should Be Causing Serious Social Unrest
A new PBS Frontline report examines outrageous steps Obama's administration took to protect Wall St. Wall Street from prosecutions. January 23, 2013 |
PBS' Frontline program on Tuesday night broadcast a new one-hour report on one of the greatest and most shameful failings of the Obama administration: the lack of even a single arrest or prosecution of any senior Wall Street banker for the systemic fraud that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis: a crisis from which millions of people around the world are still suffering. What this program particularly demonstrated was that the Obama justice department, in particular the Chief of its Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, never even tried to hold the high-level criminals accountable.
What Obama justice officials did instead is exactly what they did in the face of high-level Bush era crimes of torture and warrantless eavesdropping: namely, acted to protect the most powerful factions in the society in the face of overwhelming evidence of serious criminality. Indeed, financial elites were not only vested with impunity for their fraud, but thrived as a result of it, even as ordinary Americans continue to suffer the effects of that crisis.
Worst of all, Obama justice officials both shielded and feted these Wall Street oligarchs (who, just by the way, overwhelmingly supported Obama's 2008 presidential campaign) as they simultaneously prosecuted and imprisoned powerless Americans for far more trivial transgressions. As Harvard law professor Larry Lessig put it two weeks ago when expressing anger over the DOJ's persecution of Aaron Swartz: "we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House." (Indeed, as "The Untouchables" put it: while no senior Wall Street executives have been prosecuted, "many small mortgage brokers, loan appraisers and even home buyers" have been).
As I documented at length in my 2011 book on America's two-tiered justice system, With Liberty and Justice for Some, the evidence that felonies were committed by Wall Street is overwhelming. That evidence directly negates the primary excuse by Breuer (previously offered by Obama himself) that the bad acts of Wall Street were not criminal.
Numerous documents prove that executives at leading banks, credit agencies, and mortgage brokers were falsely touting assets as sound that knew were junk: the very definition of fraud. As former Wall Street analyst Yves Smith wrote in her book ECONned: "What went on at Lehman and AIG, as well as the chicanery in the CDO [collateralized debt obligation] business, by any sensible standard is criminal." Even lifelong Wall Street defender Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve Chair, said in Congressional testimony that "a lot of that stuff was just plain fraud."
A New York Times editorial in August explained that the DOJ's excuse for failing to prosecute Wall Street executives - that it was too hard to obtain convictions - "has always defied common sense - and all the more so now that a fuller picture is emerging of the range of banks' reckless and lawless activities, including interest-rate rigging, money laundering, securities fraud and excessive speculation." The Frontline program interviewed former prosecutors, Senate staffers and regulators who unequivocally said the same: it is inconceivable that the DOJ could not have successfully prosecuted at least some high-level Wall Street executives - had they tried.
What's most remarkable about all of this is not even Wall Street had the audacity to expect the generosity of largesse they ended up receiving. "The Untouchables" begins by recounting the massive financial devastation the 2008 crisis wrought - "the economy was in ruins and bankers were being blamed" - and recounts:
"In 2009, Wall Street bankers were on the defensive, worried they could be held criminally liable for fraud. With a new administration, bankers and their attorneys expected investigations and at least some prosecutions."