DON'T BE FOOLED BY NEO-LIBERALS CLAIMING TO BE LABOR AND JUSTICE!
Regarding the German elections and how that is relevant to US:
I stated before that DeutscheBank and Wall Street were the ones setting the stage for the 2008 crash with the fraudulent instruments that allowed PIGS finance ministers to hide sovereign debt and then load more and more and more debt to implode their economies using all that cash to fund tons of development by corporations owed by investment firms......just as in the US. The same is happening now with O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake with the tons of credit bonds and TIFs that mortgage government up to the ears just as the next economic crash is coming!
First I would let to point out that Marketplace how Marketplace not only mis-informs but deliberately manipulates the news to the public's detriment.....on the public's dime.
This is from a New York Times article on the German election.....
'The distinctions in their positions fall squarely into the two social groupings from which they spring: the Christian middle class in the case of the Christian Democrats, and the working class and trade unions for the Social Democrats'.
Marketplace correctly told us that business was voted out of government at all levels in these elections giving Social Democrats a strong position in forming the government. What is called Social Democrats in Germany -----CENTER LEFT. Center left is neo-liberals who are rampant corporate and profit pols....they are not Social Democrats and Marketplace made that mistake on purpose because of how US media portrays neo-liberals as center-left. Confusing Americans as to Social Democrats and center-left neo-liberals is very important to this captured US political scene. SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ARE LABOR AND JUSTICE FOLKS....80% OF THE US DEMOCRATIC PARTY. We need the same election results here in America. The difference....we have no public media giving real news so we must look for the information elsewhere as we fix our public news outlets!
SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ARE WINNING ALL OVER EUROPE! WHAT THEY NEED TO DO FIRST-----RECOVER TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CORPORATE FRAUD TO GOVERNMENT COFFERS! Germany is ground zero for the fraud so they need to stop German government from using German taxpayers to pay PIGS debt and force banks to write-off debt! TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT BE PAYING GOVERNMENT DEBT CREATED BY MASSIVE CORPORATE FRAUD!
People must see by now that blowing up the US economy on mortgage fraud was a deliberate attempt not only to move money to the top but to give excuses to dismantle public programs and services. Neo-liberals from Clinton to now Obama are working with republicans for wealth and profit!
Destroying Social America
By Stephen Lendman on September 21, 2013 3:34 pm
It’s on the chopping block for elimination. Initiatives began decades ago. Republicans, Democrats and Obama are in lockstep. They’re waging war on vital safety net protections.
In 1996, Clinton’s Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) became law. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) ended.
Time limit harshness replaced it. Five years and out became policy. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) mandates it. States get diminishing amounts of federal funding.
Fixed block grants provide it. They’re pemitted to administer policy freely. They take full advantage during harder than ever hard times.
Join the Project Censored Newsletter Here! To qualify, recipients must work or train for jobs. Single mothers with small children are cheated. Millions are left on their own high and dry.
America is unprincipled. It’s shameless. It’s ruthless. Policy reflects neoliberal harshness. It’s hard right, soulless and uncaring.
It’s pro-war and pro-corporate. It’s anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-welfare, and anti-government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly.
It supports the worst of imperial ruthlessness. Wealth, power, privilege and unchallenged global dominance alone matter. Let ‘em eat cake applies for all others.
Progressively things worsen. Policies reflect growing dystopian harshness. On September 19, The New York Times headlined “House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps.”
Billions of dollars in vitally needed aid was slashed. Republicans voted to eliminate $40 billion over the next decade.
Become a Project Censored Supporting Member Today a Receive a Free Top 25 Censored Stories Book! Join Here. One provision requires adults between 18 and 50 without minor children to find work or be enrolled in job training. Otherwise benefits are denied.
A time limit is imposed. Three months and out was enacted. States can now extend benefits for recipients able to work or preparing to do so through training.
According to House Speaker John Boehner:
“This bill makes getting Americans back to work a priority again for our nation’s welfare programs.”
How he didn’t explain. America’s enduring a jobs crisis. It’s been ongoing for years. It shows no signs of ending.
Able-bodied workers can’t find employment. Most doing so don’t earn enough to live on. Both parties oppose enacting a living wage.
Republicans mandate work or train to do so or starve. Democrats and Obama are in lockstep. They differ only on timing. Rogue states operate this way.
The House measure also mandates testing recipients. It’s to assure they’re drug-free. It prohibits lottery winners from receiving benefits.
It’s the latest initiative targeting social America. Previous ones Obama approved included cutting:
• Medicare and Medicaid benefits;
• Pell Grants for college tuitions;
• federal wages;
• the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help impoverished families have heat in winter;
• the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
• community healthcare centers;
• nonprofit health insurance cooperatives;
• HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other disease prevention programs;
• WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) grants to states for supplemental foods, healthcare, and nutrition education for low-income families;
• Head Start for comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income families with children;
• earlier Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (food stamp) Program (SNAP) aid for poor households;
• community development block grants for housing;
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) first-responder funding;
• energy efficiency and renewable energy programs;
• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean/safe water and other projects;
• National Institutes of Health (NIH) medical research;
• the National Park Service;
• vital infrastructure and transportation needs; and
• other non-defense discretionary spending.
Further cuts Obama endorses benefit Wall Street, other corporate favorites, war profiteers, and other special interests. They do so at the expense of ordinary people losing out.
Increasingly they’re on their own sink or swim. Obama calls it “shared sacrifice.” Ordinary people sacrifice to let business and super-rich elites share.
Social America is on the chopping block for elimination. Austerity harshness assures it. Bipartisan complicity endorses it.
The latest measure targets food stamps. It’s a core safety net protection. Enacting the House measure means denying four million recipients vital aid they need straightaway. Millions more will be affected in out years.
Democrats and Republicans haggle over details and timing. In June, Senate Democrats cut $4 billion in food stamp aid over the next decade.
Doing so comes during protracted Main Street Depression conditions. Nearly 50 million Americans require SNAP aid to eat.
Democrats know cutting $4 billion is only for starters. Republicans want $40 billion. Compromise suggests they’ll settle for $20 billion. Perhaps more if Republican hardliners prevail. Either way, millions of needy recipients lose out.
Many more will ahead. Plans are to entirely shred America’s social safety net. Major Medicaid cuts are coming. They’re on top of previous ones.
Medicare and Social Security are targeted for elimination. It’s planned by handing over both programs to Wall Street profiteers.
Depriving needy recipients of healthcare, retirement income and food reflects how low America has sunk. Class war is official policy. Gaming the system for profits matters most.
The American dream is more illusion than reality. The criminal class in Washington is bipartisan. Rogues and crooks run things.
Gangsterism is official policy. Making the world safe for capital reflects it.
War on humanity is waged for dominance and profit. Ordinary people lose out everywhere. What can’t go on forever, won’t. According to a 19th century proverb:
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river poisoned and the last fish caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”
US policy reflects heart of darkness viciousness. Personal freedoms and general welfare are targeted for elimination.
Obama, Republicans and most Democrats endorse the worst policies planned. Disagreement’s only over timing.
Duplicitous scaremongering claims America’s going broke. Obama wants “fiscal discipline” restored. He supports cutting vital SNAP aid.
He calls Medicare the “big problem.” Its cost is “unsustainable,” he claims.
“Let’s not kid ourselves and suggest that we can solve this problem by trimming a few earmarks,” he said.
The “biggest cost drivers in our budget are entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, all of which get more and more expensive every year.”
“If we want to get serious about fiscal discipline – and I do – we will have to get serious about entitlement reform.”
Medicare and Social Security aren’t entitlements. They’re insurance programs. They’re funded by worker/employer payroll tax deductions. They’re contractual federal obligations to eligible recipients who qualify.
Obama repeats what he does best. He lies. He’s a serial liar. He’s a moral coward. He supports wealth and power.
He’s beholden to powerful monied interests. They own him. He spurns popular needs. He prioritizes letting them go begging on his watch.
He proposed massive Medicare cuts. In 2010, 2011, and last November he urged more. He’s waging class war on Americans.
He wants fundamental social benefits destroyed. He wants ordinary people hung out to dry. He wants them on own sink or swim.
His “fiscal discipline” mumbo jumbo is imposing it on the backs of ordinary people least able to survive on what he endorses.
At the same time, he handed trillions of dollars to Wall Street crooks and other corporate favorites. He spent trillions more waging war on humanity.
He’s turning America into a dystopian backwater. Poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness and overwhelming human misery are at Depression levels.
Wealth is more than ever disproportionately concentrated. America’s 1% overwhelmingly controls it.
What do you call a nation spurning its most disadvantaged? A failed state reflects today’s America. It’s no democracy. It’s not beautiful.
It’s not the best of all possible worlds. It’s not what PR wizards want people to believe. It’s rogue state viciousness writ large.
Truman once said “(t)he buck stops here!” Obama bears full responsibility for the worst of policies he endorses.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This development that is happening in US cities is just the explosion of municipal debt that took down the public sector in Europe. THEY ARE DOING IT ON PURPOSE AS WE HAVE $16 TRILLION IN DEBT AND ALL THE CUTS ARE COMING TO PUBLIC PROGRAMS.
Do not allow the media to confuse you with center-left with neo-liberals vs left with labor and justice. The two are completely the opposite!
Friday, Sep 20, 2013 11:23 AM EST
Privatization fetishists resist reform, costing cities millions Proposed reform could add transparency and public input to such deals, but some like Rahm Emanuel aren’t interested
By Micah Uetricht
Local governments around the country are facing budgets deep in the red. And for some, the solution is to privatize city assets and services. But few large cities have pursued this agenda as aggressively as Chicago, where everything from tollways and parking meters, mental health care and public education, and even infrastructure funding itself has been turned over from public ownership into the hands of private corporations.
Now a proposed law in Chicago, backed by a coalition of community groups and unions, could slow the selling off of everything city-owned not already nailed to the floor. The Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance (PTAO) is designed to help prevent abuses of privatization, and avoid the kinds of deals negotiated in the past that were intended to help close budget deficits but turned out to be massive boons for corporations and Wall Street while losing long-term revenue for the city.
The bill could serve as an example for cities around the country, and put a check on free market-minded politicians like Mayor Rahm Emanuel attempting to sell off as many public goods as possible. But despite support of a strong majority of the city council, the bill has sat in a forlorn committee where it has not moved since it was first proposed nearly a year ago. Emanuel seems to want the bill to stay buried, away from public debate, so the city’s privatization deals can remain largely unscrutinized.
Introduced in November, 2012, and backed by a coalition of unions and community and good government organizations, the PTAO would require the city of Chicago to engage in a multistep process involving the public before it privatized any asset or service.
The city would be required to conduct an independent cost-benefit analysis study; demonstrate at least 10 percent cost savings and prove that the economic benefits of privatizing an asset or service would outweigh the benefits of keeping it public; hold at least one public hearing on the deal; deliver an annual report for each privatized deal on costs and the state of services; require at least 50 percent of subcontracted workers reside within Chicago; and attempt to work with workers’ unions rather than steamrolling them.
The bill has been praised nationally by government watchdog groups. Donald Cohen, executive director of the Washington, D.C., privatization resource center In the Public Interest, says, “Chicago plays a key role in setting national standards for cities,” and the bill’s provisions could be instituted elsewhere.”
advertisementHenry Bayer, executive director of AFSCME Council 31, one of Chicago’s major public employees unions and a key backer of the bill, says the measures are “common sense.”
“There’s no good argument that we shouldn’t have transparency,” Bayer says. “The city over the years has done a lot of privatization, and they’ve never been required to demonstrate that they were actually saving any money, nor that the service levels were being maintained or improved. They just do it based on this false notion that if the private sector is doing it, it’s automatically more efficient than the public sector.”
Bayer’s union has been hit hard by the city’s privatization deals, begun by Mayor Richard M. Daley and massively accelerated by Emanuel. In her critical book on Emanuel, “Mayor 1%,” a meticulous dossier of the mayor’s privatization deals and other achievements at the head of the rightmost flank of the Democratic Party, Chicago journalist Kari Lydersen notes that even in his election speech in 2011, “without saying the words ‘union’ or ‘labor,’ [Emanuel] alluded to the looming battles” with public sector unions around privatization and budget cuts that began almost immediately.
One of the first was over the outsourcing of 34 union jobs at the city’s water department. The deal saved the city a paltry $100,000 (out of a $8.3 billion budget). And the work was outsourced to a company based in Tokyo, meaning the economic benefits would be reaped by a corporation in Japan rather than working class Chicagoans.
City council member Roderick Sawyer says the move “woke us up, to what could go on if we just let these deals go on unchecked.” His district, a middle and working class African American neighborhood on the city’s South Side, was hit hard by the layoffs.
“We hardly knew about it because it happened so fast,” Sawyer says. “A lot of them were members of my community. I found out their jobs were going out of the country, and they were going to get paid a lot less.”
Around the country, neighborhoods like Sawyer’s have been hit hardest by privatization. Historically locked out of high-paying private sector jobs, public sector jobs form the backbone of America’s black middle class; the wave of privatizations and downsizings in the public sector since the 2008 recession has sharply eroded those long-tenuous gains.
Sitting in the city council chambers after the water department announcement, Sawyer remembers thinking, “‘Why are we letting these privatization deals go through and we don’t have any oversight whatsoever?’” Citing potential ripple effects like foreclosures, Sawyer says, “We think we’re saving a couple dollars here or there, but getting rid of these jobs decimates our communities.”
In consultation with AFSCME, other city unions, and good government and community groups, Sawyer introduced the PTAO in November 2012. Thirty of the council’s 50 aldermen cosponsored the bill.
But before it could even be debated, a procedural move by an ally of Emanuel shifted the bill to the Rules Committee, where, in the words of columnist Ben Joravsky, “good legislation goes to die”–especially when a mayor wants it to stay dead.
The bill has remained there since November. Absent a committee chairperson and a majority of council members willing to vote to move the bill from committee and buck the mayor, who has issued no public statements on the bill and likely wants to continue passing privatization deals with no oversight, the bill will remain undebated–and privatization deals will continue unchecked.
Privatization of government functions and publicly-owned goods has become central to governance for both political parties. The underlying idea is the private market can manage goods and services cheaper, more effectively, and better than the government ever could–an idea politicians have run with. One wealthy conservative Atlanta suburb decided to privatize everything it does upon incorporation in 2005, leaving only seven employees for a town of 94,000; in 2010, Maywood, Calif. fired all city employees and outsourced everything. Democratic politicians like Mayor Cory Booker in Newark, N.J., and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have privatized services like park restoration and zoos — moves praised by the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page.
“It’s an ideological wave,” says Evan McKenzie, lawyer and professor of political science at the University of Illinois-Chicago and author of two books on privatization. “[Politicians] try to argue that privatization is about sheer dollars and sense, that it’s cost benefit analysis. That’s hogwash.”
Countless privatization schemes have turned out to be disasters. In 1999, the city of Atlanta entered into what was then the largest privatization deal in the country, selling off the city’s water systems. The city broke their contract four years in after poor service and city residents’ water repeatedly turned brown–and the savings were far lower than projected. The state of Wisconsin privatized much of its department of transportation, only to discover through a 2009 internal audit that $1 million was wasted on the project, and 60 percent of the subcontracted jobs could have been done at a cheaper cost by state workers. In 2006, Indiana privatized its public benefits system, contracting IBM to process services like food stamps; three years later, after admitting the move was a failure and that service suffered tremendously, Gov. Mitch Daniels canceled the contract, costing the state $52 million immediately and $12 million later in payments to IBM.
“The losses are sometimes mind-boggling,” McKenzie says. “Once these deals are made, judges enforce them deals–and government stands to lose.”
And privatization inevitably leads to lower wages for workers, as the decent-paying and good benefits public sector jobs are replaced by contractors whose cost-effectiveness is based on cutting workers’ wages.
“Most of the people who say we need middle class jobs then turn around and spend most of their time figuring out ways to drive people out of the middle class,” says Bayer.
Few major American cities have led as aggressive a campaign of privatization as Chicago — and few have proven to be as spectacular a disaster. The city’s $1.4 billion parking meter privatization deal, negotiated under the city’s previous mayor, Richard M. Daley, and overwhelmingly approved by the city council in 2008, is known throughout the country as a botched privatization deal par excellance, shafting taxpayers, average citizens, and the city’s very ability to govern itself.
A group of investors led by Morgan Stanley won the bid, gaining near-total control of the city’s parking meters for 75 years at a fire sale price–according to one city council member’s projection, the deal was worth something more like $4 billion. Immediately, parking prices doubled or even tripled, with some zones become the most expensive in the nation; not long after, contract provisions emerged that actually required the city to pay the company for lost revenue during street festivals or parades, and bills for tens of millions of dollars were delivered to the city from the parking company. The money from the investors’ payment to the city, meanwhile, has almost entirely been spent.
So a Wall Street firm snatched a major city service for a steal, public coffers were drained of perhaps billions over the next three-quarters of a century, the city actually began receiving bills from a deal that was supposed to plug a budget gap, and average Chicagoans’ parking rates skyrocketed.
The parking meter deal is universally loathed in Chicago — even by Emanuel, though his publicly-expressed distaste has not squared with his actions as mayor — but it is far from the only such deal in the city. Chicago has become a national leader in selling off public goods. Richard M. Daley also privatized the city’s Skyway toll road (the first time any existing toll road in the U.S. had been sold off to private interests), the city’s parking garages (also to companies owned in large part by Morgan Stanley), and over a dozen other city services and assets.
The shoddy, damaging deals that enriched corporations while hurting Chicago and other cities and states might have been avoided with the institution of rules similar to the PTAO. For his part, Emanuel recently rejected a bid to privatize one of Chicago’s two airports, Midway International, after he said the received bids were not a good enough deal for taxpayers. (The political fallout of the parking meter likely weighed heavily on his mind.)
McKenzie says the move was the right one, but not enough. A thorough, transparent bidding process needs to be institutionalized.
“It can’t just be a matter of, ‘trust me, I’m an honest mayor,’” McKenzie says. “I hope that’s true, but it’s not enough. There have to be extensive safeguards put in place.”
Those safeguards are still sitting tight in the city council’s rules committee, leaving a piece of legislation of national importance stuck in limbo. Two requests for comment from the rules committee chair, Ald. Michelle Harris, went unanswered. But Ald. Sawyer says he is “fairly confident” the bill will move soon. He recently co-authored an op-ed with two other aldermen arguing the PTAO “deserves a full hearing.”
Without it, the only thing in Chicago standing between layoffs, wage cuts, worsening service, and the auctioning off of most of the city seems to be Rahm Emanuel’s benevolence.
“Cities across the nation are looking closely to see what kind of protections are put in place” around the selling off of public goods, Cohen says. With the PTAO, “Chicago would become a leader of taxpayer protection rather than a worst case scenario to avoid.”
Micah Uetricht is an assistant editor at Jacobin and a contributing editor at In These Times, who has written for The Nation, Al Jazeera America, and elsewhere. He is the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity (Verso/Jacobin Books, 2014).
THIS IS WHERE THE MONEY COMES TO FUEL THIS CITY DEVELOPMENT.....YOUR RETIREMENTS/PENSIONS, HOMES, AND HEALTH CARE.....This is the dismantling of social democracy by neo-liberals.
Actually labor simply needs to elect politicians that reinstate Rule of Law to bring back tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud that has tanked retirement savings and pensions, taken homes, and health care. If you look at the development in downtown Baltimore, you see those very corporations and banks that stole public money through massive corporate frauds last decade now using it to build those Enterprise Zones full of affluent apartments and corporate buildings.
That is your retirement money! It is the pols in City Hall, Maryland Assembly, teaming with Obama and Congress to make sure your money is used to pay down debt created by fraud while these Visigoths are building away with it! We wouldn't have this situation if Rule of Law recovered corporate fraud. So, it is your labor and justice organizations who should be shouting loudly and strongly against this suspended Rule of Law and running good labor and justice candidates to bring back the fraud and
THEN, BABY BOOMERS WOULD BE ABLE TO RETIRE IN THE COMFORT THEY WORKED FOR!
Golden years grow dimmer as workers labor longer More workers plan to delay retirement since end of recession
Before the recession, Madie Green's home daycare was normally full. As parents lost their jobs and pulled kids out, the 55-year-old District Heights woman spent through her savings to keep up on her mortgage and auto payments.
Her business still hasn't recovered to what it once was, and now she's so worried about whether she'll be able to retire that she is expanding into an after-school program for elementary and middle school students.
Retirement seems more distant than ever.
"It's no longer the golden years," Green said.
These days, the sentiment is more common.
Though stock prices are rising, unemployment is falling and the economy is growing, more workers are choosing to stay in the labor force longer. The trend reverses decades of steadily falling retirement ages. During the recession, delaying retirement was spurred by job losses, salary reductions, depressed home prices and depleted savings. Now, workers anticipate smaller returns on their investments. Health benefits for retirees also are eroding even as costs are rising. Meanwhile, people are living longer, healthier lives — all of which adds to a need to work and save longer.
The share of workers nationwide aged 45 to 60 who planned to delay retirement soared to 62 percent last year, the Conference Board reported, up from 42 percent in 2010. Even in states such as Maryland that were not among the hardest hit economically, the share of workers planning to delay retirement jumped to 61 percent in 2012 from 40 percent in 2010.
Separately, analysts at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research found that about 40 percent of older Americans have delayed their planned retirement since the end of the recession.
Since the recession ended, "a lot of people spent more than they earned and had to continue to deplete their savings, and that makes them less prepared for retirement," said Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic research for the Conference Board. "People were unemployed for a while, or worked part-time or got significant pay cuts and were unable to cover their expenses. Savings shrunk and made them more willing to delay retirement."
The Conference Board found that workers 45 to 60 who've lost a job, had a salary cut or saw their home decline in value are more likely than others to plan to delay retirement. But even workers who were not significantly hurt by the recession are more likely than before to plan to work longer. That trend held true across all ethnic, gender and income lines.
CareerBuilder found 60 percent of workers aged 60 or older planned to look for another job after retiring from their current company — up from 57 percent last year. About three quarters of respondents planned to work another one to six years, and more than one in 10 of 680 workers surveyed said they probably never would be able to retire.
On average, those who delayed retirement are waiting about one and a half years longer than they originally planned to leave their jobs, said Brooke Helppie McFall, an economist with Michigan's Institute for Social Research.
Many workers have lost too much value in savings and other assets or were forced to draw down on those assets, McFall said. A typical household lost about 5 percent of its total wealth between the summers of 2008 and 2009. The biggest asset for most people is their home, and housing prices still have not recovered pre-recession levels.
The recession exerted particular influence on the retirement plans of men 55 to 64, U.S. Labor Department statistics show.
"Their retirement is less secure than they had thought," said labor economist Heidi Shierholz, either because of a decrease in assets or a loss of a job that left a long-term income gap.
"More of them are in the labor force than there would be if the Great Recession hadn't happened," said Shierholz, with the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute, who compared Bureau of Labor Statistics pre-recession projections to actual employment figures.
Jeff Miller realized two years ago he would not meet his goal of retiring at 62.
A computer server engineer at a Frederick data center for Marriott International, Miller suffered losses in the value of his 401(k) and his home. Plus, he has seven more years to pay off a student loan for his son.
At 61, he expects to work at least six more years.
"I was hoping for 62, but that went out the window when the economy went south," Miller said. "And I couldn't have sold my house four years ago."
Remember when the public works were public? Strong public sector jobs with benefits? This is an example of how privatizing to private contractors has filled the public works with fraud and corruption. Demand public sector be rebuilt with public works jobs. Neo-liberals are going to bring in global corporations to do these public work projects and that is not good for labor and justice!
STOP ALLOWING THE PUBLIC SECTOR TO BE GUTTED WITH PRIVATE CONTRACTING FULL OF FRAUD AND CORRUPTION!
This is an add for the Illinois Transportation build that is happening just as with Maryland. How much do you want to bet that union leaders will come to us and shout that unions are not getting most of the work? This is a case where the private construction unions are working against public sector unions.
IT WILL HURT ALL WORKERS AS STRONG PUBLIC UNIONS MAKE STRONG UNION MEMBERSHIP!
Keep in mind that below is an ad coming from Rahm Emanuel....just like O'Malley.....a raging neo-liberal that works against labor and justice. Do you really think there will be good jobs or exploitative jobs?
This is an opportunity for paid training, mentoring and union apprenticeships with the Illinois Department of Transportation leading to jobs!
This program is a partnership with Chicago Urban League, Austin Peoples Action Center, United Services, and Black Chamber of Commerce.